Gregory D. Ford, Ph.D.
Dr. Gregory Ford is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to joining the Morehouse College faculty, Gregory received his Bachelors Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Grambling State University in Grambling Louisiana. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. Degree in Biomedical Sciences from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee under the tutelage of Dr. Darryl Hood and Dr. Peter MacLeish. To further pursue his career in research, Gregory received a fellowship from the American Psychological Association through its Diversity in Neuroscience Program initiative through the Minority Fellowship Program, for 2008-2010. With his fellowship award, Gregory chose to work in the laboratory of his eldest brother, Dr. Byron Ford, at Morehouse School of Medicine. Work in the area of brain injury and stroke in the Ford lab has resulted in three full patent and 13 additional patent applications. Two projects associated with (1) the effects of Neuregulin-1 on brain injury & stroke and (2) identification on biomarkers for stroke have resulted in Georgia Research Alliance Venture (GRA) Grant Awards. The Neuregulin-1 project also placed 1st in the Southeast Bio (SEBIO) competition, which promotes entrepreneurship and brings together companies, investors, universities and support organizations active in the development of the industry. During his post-doctoral fellowship, Gregory taught as an Adjunct Professor for Physiology and Neurobiology in the Department of Biology at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2010, Gregory joined the faculty at Morehouse College as an Assistant Professor. Morehouse College is a private historically black liberal arts college for men whose faculty emphasis is on excellence in teaching, research and service. His current teaching responsibilities include General Biology, Principles of Neurobiology, Comparative Anatomy and Senior Seminar. Dr. Ford’s research activities, funded through Morehouse College’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant, focus on the identification of the common cellular, molecular and genetic factors underlying acute brain injuries (ABIs), including nerve agent exposure, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and stroke. His lab utilizes an integrated systems approach to elucidate biochemical pathways (metabolomics), gene regulation (transcriptomics), gene-gene networks and interactions (genomics) and peptide/protein identification (proteomics) among acute brain injury models. They also employ this approach to identify novel therapeutic targets as well as diagnostic/prognostic biomarkers of these complex ABIs. In the summer of 2012, Gregory received a Henry C. McBay Research Fellowship through the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to continue his studies in identifying biomarkers for stroke. Dr. Ford has generated a number of publications and has been a featured expert in several news and academic articles. Most recently, Dr. Ford presented his work entitled A Rapid Blood Test for Stroke related to his Biomarkers for Stroke intellectual property (US patent app. 13/204,358, 2011 / World patent WO/2012/021,407, 2012) at the Morehouse School of Medicine Tech Talk series to potential investors and corporate/government partners.
Gregory also demonstrates his commitment to service through his recruitment efforts on behalf of the College and the DR-K12 program (the program aims to identify and train young African American men to teach at the K-12 level) as well as his work with K-12 students, undergraduate and graduate students, encouraging careers in STEM and STEM education. He is also a member of the College’s Admission Committee and Library Committee.