Assistant Professor of Neurology
Dixon Scholar in Neuroscience
Professional Background: Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2003; B.S., Alabama State University, 1997
Office: CIRC 525B1, 1719 6th Ave S, Birmingham AL 35294-0021
Michelle Gray, Ph.D., an Alabama native, joined the UAB Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics (CNET) on September 1, 2008 as an Instructor of Neurology and Dixon Scholar in Neuroscience. Dr. Gray has strong ties to Alabama and the UAB community. She graduated from Alabama State University in Montgomery in 1997 with a B.S. in biology and received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in 2003. Dr. Gray also served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Specialty / Research Interests
Dr. Gray’s research interests in neurodegenerative disorders are focused on Huntington’s disease, a rare and fatal genetic degenerative disorder. At UCLA she completed groundbreaking research establishing new and important mouse models of HD. These models have produced insight into the nature of the disease and are being used for testing new therapies. Dr. Gray’s goal is to establish a vigorous translational research program at UAB where she hopes to identify and understand mechanisms that contribute to HD pathology.