Dr. Marcus Gray, PhD

In Speaker by Joshua Hawthorn

My research examines interactions between the body and the mind, and how in particular the mind is embodied. The intimate integration of mind and body we see in healthy humans supports flexible and adaptive behavior in a dynamic environment. One area of my current research focuses on how inflammation impacts on the mind, manifesting for example in increased anxious and depressive symptoms in inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome.  In this context, the gastrointestinal microbiome may play a key role in modulating inflammation and biological amines.
I began in academia as a psychologist, before completing a PhD in systems neurophysiology.  Since then I have received post-doctoral training at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging in London, and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex. I am currently employed at the Translational Research Institute and the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.