Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Appointed McNair Scholar January 2013
Dr. Ray is a faculty member in the Center on Addiction Learning and Memory at Baylor College of Medicine. After finishing his undergraduate degree at Southern Oregon University, which included two years at the Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie in Tübingen, Germany, under Nobel Laureate Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Instituto Cajal in Madrid. He continued his studies at the University of Utah, working alongside Nobel Laureate Mario Capecchi. There he established a new model system for evolutionary and developmental studies and shed light on fundamental mechanisms affecting Hox gene cluster evolution and the evolution of morphological innovations. He then completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School where he established a new model that enabled the functional examination of genetically defined neurons in situ. At Baylor he will continue to use genetic approaches to understand the functional organization underlying key neural circuits that control behavior and physiology as well as their roles in disease. View profile.
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