MichelleAssociate Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology

Dixon Scholar in Neuroscience
1719 6th Ave. S., CIRC 525B
Birmingham, AL 35294


Michelle Gray, Ph.D., received a B.S. in biology from Alabama State University in Montgomery. She then earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.  At Ohio State University, she studied neurogenic defects that resulted in abnormal axon pathfinding abnormalities caused by genetic mutations in the zebrafish model system using cellular and molecular biology techniques in the laboratory of Dr. Christine Beattie. Dr. Gray performed post-doctoral studies in the laboratory of Dr. X. William Yang in the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles. She developed a conditional human Bacterial Artificial Chromosome transgenic mouse model containing the entire human huntingtin locus to model Huntington’s disease (BACHD) that is widely used by many laboratories throughout the world. She continues to use mouse genetic approaches to model neurodegenerative diseases.