44579-Davis, Michael

Michael D. Davis, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Pediatrics

R4 132
Indianapolis, IN


Dr. Davis received his BS in Biomedical Science from Lynchburg College in 2008 and his PhD in Physiology and Biophysics with a focus in Pulmonary Medicine from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. He has been a licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist since 2005. 

Since 2007, Dr. Davis has studied airway pH homeostasis and non-invasive respiratory biomarkers. He has developed and optimized several breath biomarker collection devices, techniques, and assays. His graduate work focused on airway epithelial function and signaling, specifically on airway-derived Tissue Factor and its role in local wound healing. He then joined the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied treatment options for rare airway diseases such as Plastic Bronchitis and the effects of airway pH imbalances.

His research at IU is focused on airway pH regulation, airway disease pathophysiology and therapeutics, and novel exhaled biomarkers. He also provides respiratory and pulmonary medical training and service in Liberia, West Africa. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research and at the IU School of Medicine Division of Pediatric Pulmonology, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine. He serves as the Chair of Exhaled Breath Aerosols and Condensate for the International Association of Breath Research.     

Key Publications

Davis MD, Suzaki I, Kawano S, Komiya K, Cai Q, Oh Y, Rubin BK. Tissue Factor Facilitates Wound Healing in Human Airway Epithelial Cells. Chest2019 Mar;155(3):534-539doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2018.10.007. Epub 2018 Oct 22. PubMed PMID: 30359615; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6435916.

Davis MD, Fowler SJ, Montpetit AJ. Exhaled breath testing - A tool for the clinician and researcher. Paediatr Respir Rev2019 Feb;29:37-41doi: 10.1016/j.prrv.2018.05.002. Epub 2018 May 17. Review. PubMed PMID: 29921519.

Davis MD, Donn SM, Ward RM. Administration of Inhaled Pulmonary Vasodilators to the Mechanically Ventilated Neonatal Patient. Paediatr Drugs2017 Jun;19(3):183-192doi: 10.1007/s40272-017-0221-9. Review. PubMed PMID: 28374138.

Walsh BK, Davis MD, Hunt JF, Kheir JN, Smallwood CD, Arnold JH. The effects of lung recruitment maneuvers on exhaled breath condensate pH. J Breath Res2015 Sep 3;9(3):036009doi: 10.1088/1752-7155/9/3/036009. PubMed PMID: 26333431.

Davis MD, Walsh BK, Dwyer ST, Combs C, Vehse N, Paget-Brown A, Pajewski T, Hunt JF.Safety of an alkalinizing buffer designed for inhaled medications in humans. Respir Care2013 Jul;58(7):1226-32doi: 10.4187/respcare.01753. Epub 2012 Dec 18. PubMed PMID: 23258576.

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Research Professor of Pediatrics
  • Education
    2017 PhD Virginia Commonwealth University
    2008 BS Lynchburg University
    2005 AAS Central Virginia Community College
  • Awards
    Org: International Council for Respiratory Care (ICRC)
    Desc: 2021 Toshihiko Koga, MD, International Medal
    Scope: International
    Date: 1905-07-15

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