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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, neural and network vulnerability, multi-omics, and connectivity mapping.

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

  • Hallmarks and mechanisms – genetic, molecular, cellular, physiological – of brain aging and neurodegeneration.
  • Cell-based systems, iPSCs and organoids, and animal models to study the molecular and cellular function of aging/disease-related genes.
  • Studies in multi-omics, epigenetics, and gene regulatory noncoding elements to understand the mechanisms of brain aging and AD/ADRD.
  • Selective cell, circuit and network vulnerability in brain aging and AD/ADRD.
  • Mapping of neural cell types, molecules, and connectivity.
  • Brain structural and functional connectome.

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