Michelle Gray, PhD

Dr. Michelle Gray is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the Dixon Scholar in Neuroscience, focused on the study of Huntington’s Disease. Dr. Gray earned her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and performed post-doctoral training at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Gray is a laboratory scientist who has worked on Huntington’s disease (HD) for the last 10 years. She has been an invited speaker and presenter of her work at multiple Huntington’s Disease focused meetings including those sponsored by the Hereditary Disease Foundation and CHDI,Inc. In addition, she presents updates on Huntington’s disease to the Alabama Academy of Neurology and participates in Huntington’s Disease Education Day sponsored by the HDSA Center for Excellence at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Currently her work focuses on understanding the overall contribution of glial cells, which constitute about 50% of the cells in the brain, to Huntington’s disease. This includes understanding the normal function of the huntingtin protein in glial cells and determining how the mutant protein in glial cells contributes to neuronal dysfunction in HD.