Heather Gray Edwards, DVM, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Scott-Ritchey Research Center
Dr. Heather Gray-Edwards earned her B.S. in microbiology from the University of Arizona in 2003. She moved to Auburn University in 2003 where she earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in 2007 and D.V.M. in 2011. She is the 2013 Recipient of the NIH F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows.
Develop the ideal molecular therapy for animal models of GM1, Sandhoff and Tay-Sachs disease. Currently we are working on the second phase of AAV-mediated gene therapy, which involves optimizing our therapeutic strategy prior to onset of human clinical trials.
Establish methods using high field strength MRI (3 and 7 Tesla), Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) to non-invasively gather biochemical and metabolic information about the brain and to assess efficacy after AAV gene therapy.