Faculty Profile for Dr. Joel William Gray
Biography and EducationI 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 InterestsI 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 InterestsI 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.
- 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