Faculty Profile for Dr. Joel William Gray

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Dr. Joel William Gray
Lecturer — Chemistry and Biochemistry
CHEM 123
phone: (512) 245-5563

Biography Section

Biography and Education

I earned both my B.S. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Texas State University and Texas A&M University respectively. Since I joined the faculty at Texas State University I have worked hard to be a great instructor and have taught a number of different courses (Engineering Chemistry, Experimental Biochemistry, Biochemistry, as well as General Chemistry 1).
Starting this semester, I have begun working with three undergraduate students (1 chemistry and 2 biology) for their undergraduate research. I am helping them develop purification schemes for recombinantly expressed proteins.

Teaching Interests

I am interested in developing into a great teacher - my definition of what that is is that every single one of my students has a more positive impression of the class they take from me. I want my students to respect the course that they take from me and have better problem solving skills than prior to taking my class.

Research Interests

I am interested in developing strategies for the expression and purification of recombinantly expressed Arabidopsis thaliana proteins involved in cell death signaling.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Gray, J. W., & Holland, C. L. (2017). General Chemistry 1 Lab, 1st edition. Cengage.
  • Ek-Ramos, M., Avila, J., Su, D., Nelson Dittrich, A., Gray, J. W., & Devarenne, T. (2014). The tomato cell death suppressor Adi3 is restricted to the endosomal system in response to the Pseudomoas effector protein AvrPto. PLoS One, 9:e110807.
  • Gray, J. W., Nelson Dittrich, A., Chen, S., Avila, J., Giavalisco, P., & Devarenne, T. (2013). Two Pdk1 phosphorylation sites on the plant cell death suppressor Adi3 contribute to substrate phosphorylation. Biochim. Biophys. Acta – Proteins Proteom, 1834, 1099–1106.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Nominee: Favorite Professor, Alpha Chi. April 20, 2018 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: , Non-Traditional Student Organization. 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: New Student Appreciation of Campus Support recognition, Texas State University. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Outstanding Teaching Award, Texas A&M Biochemistry/Biophysics Department. 2013
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Outstanding Teaching Award, Texas A&M Biochemistry/Biophysics Department. 2010

Selected Service Activities

Biochemistry Tenure Track Faculty Hiring Committee
November 2017-February 2018
Bobcat Days
Central Texas Medical Center
Lecturer Hiring Committee
June 2016-August 2016
Capital Area Food Bank