Annette C. Gray Named Associate Dean for the Sciences and Executive Director of the Advanced Science Research Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY

Annette C. Gray Annette "Nina" C. Gray 

The Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY) is pleased to announce the appointment of Annette “Nina” C. Gray as associate dean for the sciences and executive director of its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC). Since opening in 2014, the ASRC has established itself as a center of excellence in interdisciplinary research and discovery in five dynamic areas of science: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences. Gray will oversee ASRC operations and, in partnership with the research initiative directors, will position the ASRC and The Graduate Center to further enhance science research and education at and well beyond CUNY. Gray begins her appointment on June 24.
Gray is currently the senior executive director of the Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone Health. She has developed and implemented the institute’s strategic vision, including its research, educational, financial, and operational goals. She was instrumental in expanding neuroscience educational opportunities; overseeing grants and fellowship programs; designing research and administrative space; and directing the recruitment of junior and senior faculty in partnership with basic and clinical science departments. Central to her responsibilities was building cross-departmental and cross-campus relationships and programs, including establishing the Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders, which brings together basic and clinical research from the Neuroscience Institute and Department of Neurology at NYU Langone with six major centers in Italy.
“Nina Gray brings impressive experience as a researcher and a senior manager to our team, and I am confident that she will help us realize our goal to sustain an interdisciplinary scientific enterprise that sparks innovation, advances understanding, and solves pressing problems,” said Joy Connolly, interim president of The Graduate Center. “Her commitment to high-level scientific research, her record in building support for graduate student and faculty scholarship and for infrastructure, and her fluency in articulating a strong institutional vision both internally and externally make her well suited to her new role.”
“I am inspired by the unique vision behind the ASRC, the talented researchers and educators that have joined its ranks, and the overall mission of CUNY, which creates unprecedented opportunities for its faculty, students, and staff,” said Gray. “I look forward to bringing my experience and passion for promoting educational programs and cultivating collaborations to the ASRC and the CUNY-wide scientific community, in partnership with the initiative directors and The Graduate Center leadership.”
The ASRC is rare among peer institutions for its emphasis on collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to tackling complex scientific challenges. It has attracted world-leading scientists to spearhead its five research initiatives. Together with early-career researchers and students, they pursue research that influences the future of technology, medicine, environmental management, and more. To date, ASRC researchers have amassed more than $45 million in funding from government agencies and private foundations.
In her new role, Gray will collaborate with the directors of the ASRC’s research initiatives to advance the center’s distinctive research agenda and will develop business and funding plans for its labs and facilities that are available to users within and beyond CUNY. She will play a central role in strategic decision-making for science research, education, and outreach at the ASRC and at The Graduate Center as a whole.
“This is an opportune time for Nina Gray to take on this important leadership role,” said Joshua Blumberg, dean for the sciences at The Graduate Center. “The ASRC, which is approaching its fifth anniversary, is poised to build on its past success with an ambitious strategic plan. I look forward to working with her and our entire research team as we carry out the vision for the sciences at The Graduate Center and at CUNY as a whole.” 
Gray received her undergraduate degree from MIT in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Brown University, where she was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellow and focused on the biophysics and molecular properties of synaptic calcium channels. She held a postdoctoral position at Brandeis University studying synaptic plasticity and worked at the New York Academy of Sciences before joining NYU Langone and the Neuroscience Institute in 2011 as a program manager focused on graduate education. She became the institute’s executive director in 2014.

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Submitted on: MAY 29, 2019

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