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Heather Leigh Gray-Edwards DVM, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North
Worcester MA 01655
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentNeuroNexus Institute

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    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentMD/PhD Program

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

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    University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United StatesBSMIcrobiology
    University of Arizona, Tucson, AZBSMicrobiology
    Auburn University, Auburn, AL, United StatesDVM
    Auburn University, Auburn, ALPhDBiomedical Sciences
    Auburn University, Auburn, AL, United StatesPHDBiomedical Sciences
    Auburn University, Auburn, ALDVMVeterinary Medicine

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    1. Yingling N, Sena-Esteves M, Gray-Edwards HL. A Paradox of the Field's Own Success: Unintended Challenges in Bringing Cutting-Edge Science from the Bench to the Market. Hum Gene Ther. 2024 Feb; 35(3-4):83-88. PMID: 38381466.
    2. Benatti HR, Prestigiacomo RD, Taghian T, Miller R, King R, Gounis MJ, Celik U, Bertrand S, Tuominen S, Bierfeldt L, Parsley E, Gallagher J, Hall EF, McElroy AW, Sena-Esteves M, Khvorova A, Aronin N, Gray-Edwards HL. Awake intracerebroventricular delivery and safety assessment of oligonucleotides in a large animal model. Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2023 Dec 14; 31:101122. PMID: 37920238.
    3. McElroy A, Gray-Edwards H, Coghill LM, Lyons LA. Precision medicine using whole genome sequencing in a cat identifies a novel COL5A1 variant for classical Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. J Vet Intern Med. 2023 Sep-Oct; 37(5):1716-1724. PMID: 37594181.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    4. Johnson AK, McCurdy VJ, Gray-Edwards HL, Maguire AS, Cochran JN, Gross AL, Skinner HE, Randle AN, Shirley JL, Brunson BL, Bradbury AM, Leroy SG, Hwang M, Rockwell HE, Cox NR, Baker HJ, Seyfried TN, Sena-Esteves M, Martin DR. Life-Limiting Peripheral Organ Dysfunction in Feline Sandhoff Disease Emerges after Effective CNS Gene Therapy. Ann Neurol. 2023 11; 94(5):969-986. PMID: 37526361.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    5. Corti M, Byrne BJ, Gessler DJ, Thompson G, Norman S, Lammers J, Coleman KE, Liberati C, Elder ME, Escolar ML, Tuna IS, Mesaros C, Kleiner GI, Barbouth DS, Gray-Edwards HL, Clement N, Cleaver BD, Gao G. Adeno-associated virus-mediated gene therapy in a patient with Canavan disease using dual routes of administration and immune modulation. Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2023 Sep 14; 30:303-314. PMID: 37601414.
    6. Kell P, Sidhu R, Qian M, Mishra S, Nicoli ER, D'Souza P, Tifft CJ, Gross AL, Gray-Edwards HL, Martin DR, Sena-Esteves M, Dietzen DJ, Singh M, Luo J, Schaffer JE, Ory DS, Jiang X. A pentasaccharide for monitoring pharmacodynamic response to gene therapy in GM1 gangliosidosis. EBioMedicine. 2023 Jun; 92:104627. PMID: 37267847.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
    7. Sapp E, Boudi A, Reid SJ, Trombetta BA, Kivis?kk P, Taghian T, Arnold SE, Howland D, Gray-Edwards H, Kegel-Gleason KB, DiFiglia M. Levels of Synaptic Proteins in Brain and Neurofilament Light Chain in Cerebrospinal Fluid and Plasma of OVT73 Huntington's Disease Sheep Support a Prodromal Disease State. J Huntingtons Dis. 2023; 12(3):201-213. PMID: 37661892.
      Citations:    Fields:    
    8. Hocquemiller M, Giersch L, Mei X, Gross AL, Randle AN, Gray-Edwards HL, Hudson JA, Todeasa S, Stoica L, Martin DR, Sena-Esteves M, Aiach K, Laufer R. AAVrh10 vector corrects pathology in animal models of GM1 gangliosidosis and achieves widespread distribution in the CNS of nonhuman primates. Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2022 Dec 08; 27:281-292. PMID: 36320411.
    9. McElroy A, Sena-Esteves M, Arjomandnejad M, Keeler AM, Gray-Edwards HL. Redosing Adeno-Associated Virus Gene Therapy to the Central Nervous System. Hum Gene Ther. 2022 09; 33(17-18):889-892. PMID: 36074937.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    10. Davidson BL, Gao G, Berry-Kravis E, Bradbury AM, B?nnemann C, Buxbaum JD, Corcoran GR, Gray SJ, Gray-Edwards H, Kleiman RJ, Shaywitz AJ, Wang D, Zoghbi HY, Flotte TR, Tauscher-Wisniewski S, Tifft CJ, Sahin M. Gene-based therapeutics for rare genetic neurodevelopmental psychiatric disorders. Mol Ther. 2022 07 06; 30(7):2416-2428. PMID: 35585789.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Gross AL, Gray-Edwards HL, Bebout CN, Ta NL, Nielsen K, Brunson BL, Lopez Mercado KR, Osterhoudt DE, Batista AR, Maitland S, Seyfried TN, Sena-Esteves M, Martin DR. Intravenous delivery of adeno-associated viral gene therapy in feline GM1 gangliosidosis. Brain. 2022 04 18; 145(2):655-669. PMID: 34410345.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    12. Flotte TR, Cataltepe O, Puri A, Batista AR, Moser R, McKenna-Yasek D, Douthwright C, Gernoux G, Blackwood M, Mueller C, Tai PWL, Jiang X, Bateman S, Spanakis SG, Parzych J, Keeler AM, Abayazeed A, Rohatgi S, Gibson L, Finberg R, Barton BA, Vardar Z, Shazeeb MS, Gounis M, Tifft CJ, Eichler FS, Brown RH, Martin DR, Gray-Edwards HL, Sena-Esteves M. AAV gene therapy for Tay-Sachs disease. Nat Med. 2022 02; 28(2):251-259. PMID: 35145305.
      Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    13. Benatti HR, Gray-Edwards HL. Adeno-Associated Virus Delivery Limitations for Neurological Indications. Hum Gene Ther. 2022 Jan; 33(1-2):1-7. PMID: 35049369.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    14. Taghian T, Gallagher J, Batcho E, Pullan C, Kuchel T, Denney T, Perumal R, Moore S, Muirhead R, Herde P, Johns D, Christou C, Taylor A, Passler T, Pulaparthi S, Hall E, Chandra S, O'Neill CA, Gray-Edwards H. Brain Alterations in Aged OVT73 Sheep Model of Huntington's Disease: An MRI Based Approach. J Huntingtons Dis. 2022; 11(4):391-406. PMID: 36189602.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    15. Tran H, Moazami MP, Yang H, McKenna-Yasek D, Douthwright CL, Pinto C, Metterville J, Shin M, Sanil N, Dooley C, Puri A, Weiss A, Wightman N, Gray-Edwards H, Marosfoi M, King RM, Kenderdine T, Fabris D, Bowser R, Watts JK, Brown RH. Suppression of mutant C9orf72 expression by a potent mixed backbone antisense oligonucleotide. Nat Med. 2022 01; 28(1):117-124. PMID: 34949835.
      Citations: 46     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    16. Ferguson CM, Godinho BM, Alterman JF, Coles AH, Hassler M, Echeverria D, Gilbert JW, Knox EG, Caiazzi J, Haraszti RA, King RM, Taghian T, Puri A, Moser RP, Gounis MJ, Aronin N, Gray-Edwards H, Khvorova A. Comparative route of administration studies using therapeutic siRNAs show widespread gene modulation in Dorset sheep. JCI Insight. 2021 12 22; 6(24). PMID: 34935646.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    17. Taghian T, Batista AR, Kamper S, Caldwell M, Lilley L, Li H, Rodriguez P, Mesa K, Zheng S, King RM, Gounis MJ, Todeasa S, Maguire A, Martin DR, Sena-Esteves M, Meade TJ, Gray-Edwards HL. Real-time MR tracking of AAV gene therapy with ?gal-responsive MR probe in a murine model of GM1-gangliosidosis. Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2021 Dec 10; 23:128-134. PMID: 34703836.
    18. Story B, Taghian T, Gallagher J, Koehler J, Taylor A, Randle A, Nielsen K, Gross A, Maguire A, Carl S, Johnson S, Fernau D, Diffie E, Cuddon P, Corado C, Chandra S, Sena-Esteves M, Kolodny E, Jiang X, Martin D, Gray-Edwards H. Natural history of Tay-Sachs disease in sheep. Mol Genet Metab. 2021 Sep-Oct; 134(1-2):164-174. PMID: 34456134.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    19. Kondratov O, Kondratova L, Mandel RJ, Coleman K, Savage MA, Gray-Edwards HL, Ness TJ, Rodriguez-Lebron E, Bell RD, Rabinowitz J, Gamlin PD, Zolotukhin S. A comprehensive study of a 29-capsid AAV library in a non-human primate central nervous system. Mol Ther. 2021 09 01; 29(9):2806-2820. PMID: 34298128.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    20. Graff EC, Cochran JN, Kaelin CB, Day K, Gray-Edwards HL, Watanabe R, Koehler JW, Falgoust RA, Prokop JW, Myers RM, Cox NR, Barsh GS, Martin DR. PEA15 loss of function and defective cerebral development in the domestic cat. PLoS Genet. 2020 12; 16(12):e1008671. PMID: 33290415.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    21. Cavender C, Mangini L, Van Vleet JL, Corado C, McCullagh E, Gray-Edwards HL, Martin DR, Crawford BE, Lawrence R. Natural history study of glycan accumulation in large animal models of GM2 gangliosidoses. PLoS One. 2020; 15(12):e0243006. PMID: 33259552.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
    22. McCurdy VJ, Johnson AK, Gray-Edwards HL, Randle AN, Bradbury AM, Morrison NE, Hwang M, Baker HJ, Cox NR, Sena-Esteves M, Martin DR. Therapeutic benefit after intracranial gene therapy delivered during the symptomatic stage in a feline model of Sandhoff disease. Gene Ther. 2021 04; 28(3-4):142-154. PMID: 32884151.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    23. McNulty MA, Prevatt PB, Nussbaum ER, Randle AN, Johnson AK, Hudson JA, Gray-Edwards HL, Sena-Esteves M, Martin DR, Carlson CS. Abnormal epiphyseal development in a feline model of Sandhoff disease. J Orthop Res. 2020 12; 38(12):2580-2591. PMID: 32678923.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    24. Lahey HG, Webber CJ, Golebiowski D, Izzo CM, Horn E, Taghian T, Rodriguez P, Batista AR, Ellis LE, Hwang M, Martin DR, Gray-Edwards H, Sena-Esteves M. Pronounced Therapeutic Benefit of a Single Bidirectional AAV Vector Administered Systemically in Sandhoff Mice. Mol Ther. 2020 10 07; 28(10):2150-2160. PMID: 32592687.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    25. Taghian T, Horn E, Shazeeb MS, Bierfeldt LJ, Tuominen SM, Koehler J, Fernau D, Bertrand S, Frey S, Cataltepe OI, Gounis MJ, Abayazeed AH, Flotte TR, Sena-Esteves M, Gray-Edwards HL. Volume and Infusion Rate Dynamics of Intraparenchymal Central Nervous System Infusion in a Large Animal Model. Hum Gene Ther. 2020 06; 31(11-12):617-625. PMID: 32363942.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    26. Story BD, Miller ME, Bradbury AM, Million ED, Duan D, Taghian T, Faissler D, Fernau D, Beecy SJ, Gray-Edwards HL. Canine Models of Inherited Musculoskeletal and Neurodegenerative Diseases. Front Vet Sci. 2020; 7:80. PMID: 32219101.
    27. Howland D, Ellederova Z, Aronin N, Fernau D, Gallagher J, Taylor A, Hennebold J, Weiss AR, Gray-Edwards H, McBride J. Large Animal Models of Huntington's Disease: What We Have Learned and Where We Need to Go Next. J Huntingtons Dis. 2020; 9(3):201-216. PMID: 32925082.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    28. Gray-Edwards HL, Maguire AS, Salibi N, Ellis LE, Voss TL, Diffie EB, Koehler J, Randle AN, Taylor AR, Brunson BL, Denney TS, Beyers RJ, Gentry AS, Gross AL, Batista AR, Sena-Esteves M, Martin DR. 7T MRI Predicts Amelioration of Neurodegeneration in the Brain after AAV Gene Therapy. Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2020 Jun 12; 17:258-270. PMID: 31970203.
    29. Batista AR, King OD, Reardon CP, Davis C, Philip V, Gray-Edwards H, Aronin N, Lutz C, Landers J, Sena-Esteves M. Ly6a Differential Expression in Blood-Brain Barrier Is Responsible for Strain Specific Central Nervous System Transduction Profile of AAV-PHP.B. Hum Gene Ther. 2020 01; 31(1-2):90-102. PMID: 31696742.
      Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    30. Taghian T, Marosfoi MG, Puri AS, Cataltepe OI, King RM, Diffie EB, Maguire AS, Martin DR, Fernau D, Batista AR, Kuchel T, Christou C, Perumal R, Chandra S, Gamlin PD, Bertrand SG, Flotte TR, McKenna-Yasek D, Tai PWL, Aronin N, Gounis MJ, Sena-Esteves M, Gray-Edwards HL. A Safe and Reliable Technique for CNS Delivery of AAV Vectors in the Cisterna Magna. Mol Ther. 2020 02 05; 28(2):411-421. PMID: 31813800.
      Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    31. Johnson ER, Taylor AR, Boothe DM, Gray-Edwards HL, Winter RL, Martin DR. Pharmacokinetics of a commercially available product and a compounded formulation of extended-release levetiracetam after oral administration of a single dose in cats. Am J Vet Res. 2019 Oct; 80(10):950-956. PMID: 31556719.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
    32. Alterman JF, Godinho BMDC, Hassler MR, Ferguson CM, Echeverria D, Sapp E, Haraszti RA, Coles AH, Conroy F, Miller R, Roux L, Yan P, Knox EG, Turanov AA, King RM, Gernoux G, Mueller C, Gray-Edwards HL, Moser RP, Bishop NC, Jaber SM, Gounis MJ, Sena-Esteves M, Pai AA, DiFiglia M, Aronin N, Khvorova A. A divalent siRNA chemical scaffold for potent and sustained modulation of gene expression throughout the central nervous system. Nat Biotechnol. 2019 08; 37(8):884-894. PMID: 31375812.
      Citations: 69     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    33. Caroff J, King RM, Mitchell JE, Marosfoi M, Licwinko JR, Gray-Edwards HL, Puri AS, Merrill TL, Gounis MJ. Focal cooling of brain parenchyma in a transient large vessel occlusion model: proof-of-concept. J Neurointerv Surg. 2020 Feb; 12(2):209-213. PMID: 31363042.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    34. Gray-Edwards HL, Randle AN, Maitland SA, Benatti HR, Hubbard SM, Canning PF, Vogel MB, Brunson BL, Hwang M, Ellis LE, Bradbury AM, Gentry AS, Taylor AR, Wooldridge AA, Wilhite DR, Winter RL, Whitlock BK, Johnson JA, Holland M, Salibi N, Beyers RJ, Sartin JL, Denney TS, Cox NR, Sena-Esteves M, Martin DR. Adeno-Associated Virus Gene Therapy in a Sheep Model of Tay-Sachs Disease. Hum Gene Ther. 2018 03; 29(3):312-326. PMID: 28922945.
      Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    35. Gray-Edwards HL, Jiang X, Randle AN, Taylor AR, Voss TL, Johnson AK, McCurdy VJ, Sena-Esteves M, Ory DS, Martin DR. Lipidomic Evaluation of Feline Neurologic Disease after AAV Gene Therapy. Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2017 Sep 15; 6:135-142. PMID: 28808666.
    36. Gray-Edwards HL, Regier DS, Shirley JL, Randle AN, Salibi N, Thomas SE, Latour YL, Johnston J, Golas G, Maguire AS, Taylor AR, Sorjonen DC, McCurdy VJ, Christopherson PW, Bradbury AM, Beyers RJ, Johnson AK, Brunson BL, Cox NR, Baker HJ, Denney TS, Sena-Esteves M, Tifft CJ, Martin DR. Novel Biomarkers of Human GM1 Gangliosidosis Reflect the Clinical Efficacy of Gene Therapy in a Feline Model. Mol Ther. 2017 04 05; 25(4):892-903. PMID: 28236574.
      Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    37. Bradbury AM, Peterson TA, Gross AL, Wells SZ, McCurdy VJ, Wolfe KG, Dennis JC, Brunson BL, Gray-Edwards H, Randle AN, Johnson AK, Morrison EE, Cox NR, Baker HJ, Sena-Esteves M, Martin DR. AAV-mediated gene delivery attenuates neuroinflammation in feline Sandhoff disease. Neuroscience. 2017 01 06; 340:117-125. PMID: 27793778.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    38. Choudhury SR, Fitzpatrick Z, Harris AF, Maitland SA, Ferreira JS, Zhang Y, Ma S, Sharma RB, Gray-Edwards HL, Johnson JA, Johnson AK, Alonso LC, Punzo C, Wagner KR, Maguire CA, Kotin RM, Martin DR, Sena-Esteves M. In Vivo Selection Yields AAV-B1 Capsid for Central Nervous System and Muscle Gene Therapy. Mol Ther. 2016 08; 24(7):1247-57. PMID: 27117222.
      Citations: 64     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    39. Choudhury SR, Harris AF, Cabral DJ, Keeler AM, Sapp E, Ferreira JS, Gray-Edwards HL, Johnson JA, Johnson AK, Su Q, Stoica L, DiFiglia M, Aronin N, Martin DR, Gao G, Sena-Esteves M. Widespread Central Nervous System Gene Transfer and Silencing After Systemic Delivery of Novel AAV-AS Vector. Mol Ther. 2016 Apr; 24(4):726-35. PMID: 26708003.
      Citations: 58     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    40. Gray-Edwards HL, Brunson BL, Holland M, Hespel AM, Bradbury AM, McCurdy VJ, Beadlescomb PM, Randle AN, Salibi N, Denney TS, Beyers RJ, Johnson AK, Voyles ML, Montgomery RD, Wilson DU, Hudson JA, Cox NR, Baker HJ, Sena-Esteves M, Martin DR. Mucopolysaccharidosis-like phenotype in feline Sandhoff disease and partial correction after AAV gene therapy. Mol Genet Metab. 2015 Sep-Oct; 116(1-2):80-7. PMID: 25971245.
      Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    41. Rockwell HE, McCurdy VJ, Eaton SC, Wilson DU, Johnson AK, Randle AN, Bradbury AM, Gray-Edwards HL, Baker HJ, Hudson JA, Cox NR, Sena-Esteves M, Seyfried TN, Martin DR. AAV-mediated gene delivery in a feline model of Sandhoff disease corrects lysosomal storage in the central nervous system. ASN Neuro. 2015 Mar-Apr; 7(2). PMID: 25873306.
      Citations: 31     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    42. Bradbury AM, Gray-Edwards HL, Shirley JL, McCurdy VJ, Colaco AN, Randle AN, Christopherson PW, Bird AC, Johnson AK, Wilson DU, Hudson JA, De Pompa NL, Sorjonen DC, Brunson BL, Jeyakumar M, Platt FM, Baker HJ, Cox NR, Sena-Esteves M, Martin DR. Biomarkers for disease progression and AAV therapeutic efficacy in feline Sandhoff disease. Exp Neurol. 2015 Jan; 263:102-12. PMID: 25284324.
      Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    43. McCurdy VJ, Johnson AK, Gray-Edwards HL, Randle AN, Brunson BL, Morrison NE, Salibi N, Johnson JA, Hwang M, Beyers RJ, Leroy SG, Maitland S, Denney TS, Cox NR, Baker HJ, Sena-Esteves M, Martin DR. Sustained normalization of neurological disease after intracranial gene therapy in a feline model. Sci Transl Med. 2014 Apr 09; 6(231):231ra48. PMID: 24718858.
      Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    44. Gray-Edwards HL, Salibi N, Josephson EM, Hudson JA, Cox NR, Randle AN, McCurdy VJ, Bradbury AM, Wilson DU, Beyers RJ, Denney TS, Martin DR. High resolution MRI anatomy of the cat brain at 3 Tesla. J Neurosci Methods. 2014 Apr 30; 227:10-7. PMID: 24525327.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    45. Bradbury AM, Cochran JN, McCurdy VJ, Johnson AK, Brunson BL, Gray-Edwards H, Leroy SG, Hwang M, Randle AN, Jackson LS, Morrison NE, Baek RC, Seyfried TN, Cheng SH, Cox NR, Baker HJ, Cach?n-Gonz?lez MB, Cox TM, Sena-Esteves M, Martin DR. Therapeutic response in feline sandhoff disease despite immunity to intracranial gene therapy. Mol Ther. 2013 Jul; 21(7):1306-15. PMID: 23689599.
      Citations: 46     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
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