STEM at Simmons

Stem at Simmons

Transformative Learning in the Lab

Dr. Bruce Gray, associate professor of biology, is conducting cutting-edge neuroscience research examining beta amyloid protein – and he’s doing it right alongside a group of dedicated Simmons undergraduate students. 

“Our lab’s research indicates that the beta amyloid protein plays a role in normal brain function, affecting how nerve cells talk to each other. Students are examining what makes this protein pathological for some.” 

Caroline Coughlin ’15 and Sana Sajjad ’15 are among those students conducting research in Gray’s lab, focusing specifically on the protein’s role in retinal cell glaucoma. Gray believes in the power of mentorship between his students, saying, “I want everyone in the lab as early as possible. Then they’re taught not only by me, but are also mentored older students.”