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Office(s): Division of Neuroscience (DN)
Phone Number: 301-451-3968
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Dr. Erin Gray is a Program Director in the Fundamental Neuroscience Section of the Neurobiology of Aging and Neurodegeneration Branch in the Division of Neuroscience. Dr. Gray is responsible for overseeing research aimed at understanding the genetic, molecular, cellular and circuit level changes that occur in aging and neurodegeneration, with a particular emphasis on studies of gene function, genomic instability, selective vulnerability of cells and circuits, multi-modal atlasing and connectiomics.

Prior to joining NIA in 2022, Dr. Gray was a Scientific Review Officer at NIMH where she managed the peer review of grant applications in scientific areas spanning the breadth of mental health research and she also supported efforts under the BRAIN Initiative. Dr. Gray initially came to NIH in 2012 as an intramural postdoctoral fellow at NICHD where her research focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuronal dysfunction underlying Fragile X Syndrome. Dr. Gray earned her BA in Biology from the University of Montana and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA.

Research Interests/Portfolio

  • Alzheimer’s disease multi-modal atlasing projects (AD-MAPs) examining changes in brain cell types, molecules, and connectomes in aging and AD progression.
  • Genome instability in aging and AD/ADRD.
  • Human iPSCs, organoids, and animal models to study the function of genes and gene regulatory elements implicated in aging and AD/ADRD.
  • Selective cell, circuit and network vulnerability in brain aging and AD/ADRD.
  • Network dysfunction in aging and AD/ADRD.

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