Professor Davies has won numerous awards for her work and is at the forefront of a global effort to treat and cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Prof. Davies established the first physical map of the DMD gene and discovered the closely related gene called utrophin that now forms a target for treating the disease.

Davies serves as the Dr Lee’s Professor of Anatomy, Head of the Department of Human Anatomy and Genetics, and Honorary Director of MRC Functional Genetics Unit, at the University of Oxford. She has been a member of the Board of Governors at Wellcome Trust since 2008.

She is a founding fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2003. She was made Dame Commander of the British Empire for services to science in 2008.