Photography Book:

Davidson, R. L. The Nothing That Is, in preparation


Photographic Award:

Photo Review International Photography Competition 2016: included in The Photo Review 2016 Competition Issue.

Exhibitions of the Davidson Collection of Drawings:

Perspectives on Contemporary American Realism: Works of Art on Paper from the Collection of Jalane and Richard Davidson. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Fully illustrated catalog produced, 91 pages, 1982.

Contemporary American Realist Drawings: The Jalane and Richard Davidson Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. Fully illustrated book published, Hudson Hills Press (distributor), 136 pages, 1999

Personal Writings on the Davidson Collection of Drawings:

Davidson, J. and Davidson, R., Notes on Collecting: Methods and Intentions. Perspectives on Contemporary American Realism: Works of Art on Paper from the Collection of Jalane and Richard Davidson. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, pp. 10-14, 1982.

Articles about the Museum Exhibitions of the Davidson Collection of Drawings:

Sozanski, E., A Neo-Realist Art Collection Built with Great Avidity. Philadelphia Inquirer, December 19, 1982.

Baxter, R., American Realism: Works on Exhibit in Stunning Detail. Courier-Post, January 9, 1983.

Artner, A., In Celebration of Realism: A Chicago Couple Share Their Heartfelt Collection. Chicago Tribune, April 3, 1982.

Moser, C., Realism’s Tough Challenge Is Met in Institute Exhibit, Chicago Sun Times, April 10, 1983.

Artner, A., Real Treasure: Davidson Collection, Taken as a Whole, A Remarkable Exhibit at Art Institute. Chicago Tribune, December 30, 1999.

Mathews-Berenson, M., Exercising the Eye--Two Collections of Contemporary Drawing: The Davidson Collection & the O’Grady Collection. American Artist Drawing, Fall 2003.



B.A., Western Reserve University (Chemistry, summa cum laude), 1963

Ph.D., Western Reserve University (Biology), 1967

Postdoctoral Research on Molecular Genetics:

Centre de Genetique Moleculaire, Gif-sur-Yvette, France Laboratory of Dr. Boris Ephrussi, 1967-1970

Academic Positions:

Assistant Professor/Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1970-1981

Research Associate, Division of Human Genetics, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Boston, 1970-1981

Co-Director, Cell Culture Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, 1975-1981

Benjamin Goldberg Professor and Head, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, 1981-2001

Research Professor and Executive Director, Department of Cancer Biology, Kimmel Cancer Center, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, 2001-2016

Professional Activities:

Chairman, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Symposium "Somatic Cell Hybridization", 1973

Member, Human Cell Biology Program Advisory Panel, National Science Foundation, 1973-1975

Member, Mammalian Genetics Study Section, National Institutes of Health, 1975-1981

Co-Chairman, Federation of American Societies Experimental Biology Conference "Somatic Cell Genetics", 1982

Chairman, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Conference "Somatic Cell Genetics", 1983

Member, Board of Scientific Advisors, Eleanor Roosevelt Institute for Cancer Research (Denver, Colorado), 1991

Member, Executive Committee, Pennsylvania Cancer Alliance Bioinformatics Consortium, 2002-2006

Member, Research Group, Pennsylvania Cancer Control Consortium, 2002-2005

Member, Cancer Research Team, Innovation Philadelphia/Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, 2003-2004

Editorial Activities:

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Somatic Cell and Molecular Genetics" (Plenum Press), 1974-2001

Editor of the book Somatic Cell Hybridization (Raven Press),1974

Editor of the book Somatic Cell Genetics (Hutchinson Ross), 1984

Architectural Activities at the University of Illinois at Chicago: 

My largest construction project involved the University’s new 230,000 square foot Molecular Biology Research Building, built with approximately $58,000,000 from the State. In 1986, I conceived the plan for the construction of a new molecular biology building, to house researchers from both basic science and clinical departments. As Chair of the Planning Committee for the new building, I took the lead role over the next several years in maintaining the impetus for the building, aiding in the selection of the architects, and then working with the architects to design the laboratory facilities and mechanical systems in the building. After 7 years of effort, the formal ground breaking for the building finally took place in 1993. During the next 2 years, I provided continuous on-site oversight for the construction of the building. The building was completed in 1995 and provided state of the art facilities for research in molecular genetics and molecular medicine. Pictures of the new building can be seen at the following link:

I was also very involved with the commissioning of public art for the university. I chaired the University’s Public Art Committee to commission a major sculptural installation for the University’s Main Administration Building, and also to commission two major sculptures for the front of the University’s new Molecular Biology Research Building.

Selected Research Publications:

Davidson, R.L.  and Ephrussi, B., A Selective System for Isolation of Hybrids between L Cells and Normal Cells. Nature 205: 1170-71, 1966.

Davidson, R.L., Regulation of Melanin Synthesis in Mammalian Cells as Studied by Somatic Hybridization. IV. Effect of Gene Dosage on the Expression of Differentiation. Proc. Nat Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 69: 951-955, 1972.

Bick, M. and Davidson, R.L., Total Substitution of Bromodeoxyuridine for Thymidine in the DNA of a Bromodeoxyuridine Dependent Cell Line. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 71: 2082-2086, 1974.

Lin, M.S. and Davidson, R.L., Centric Fusion, Satellite DNA and DNA Polarity in Mouse Chromosomes. Science 185:1179-1181, 1974

Davidson, R.L. and Kaufman, E.R. Bromodeoxyuridine Mutagenesis in Mammalian Cells Is Stimulated by Thymidine and Suppressed by Deoxycytidine. Nature 276: 722-723, 1978.

Ashman, C.R., Jagadeeswaran, P., and Davidson, R.L. Efficient Recovery and Sequencing of Mutant Genes from Mammalian Chromosomal DNA. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 83: 3356-3360, 1986.

Davidson, R.L., Broeker, P., and Ashman, C.R. DNA Base Sequence Changes and Sequence Specificity of Bromodeoxyuridine-Induced Mutations in Mammalian Cells. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 85:4406-4410, 1988.

Lall, L. and Davidson, R.L., Sequence-Directed Base Mispairing in Human Oncogenes.  Molec. Cell. Biol., 18:4659-4669, 1998.