Primary Mentor: Prabhas Moghe, PhD, Rutgers University.
Secondary Mentor: Joachim Kohn, PhD, Rutgers University
Research Project: Optimization of Chondrogenic Differentiation through Modulation of Cellular Epigenetics
Profile: Dr. David Gray received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His dissertation from the laboratory of Dr. Angela Belcher focused on capturing circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in a microfluidic device. The specific population of CTCs sought were those with platelets attached . These CTCs have been shown to be more evasive of the immune system, be more metastatic, and have an epithelial-mesenchymal transition induced. A second project involved imaging bacteria with a high-speed atomic force microscope while they interacted with an antimicrobial peptide. Dr. Gray pursues his postdoctoral studies under the mentorship of Dr. Moghe at Rutgers University where he works on finding drugs with epigenetic effects that enhance chondrogenesis in mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which would be useful in joint restoration. He is also interested in identifying characteristics of MSCs using neural networks.