Meredith Ray, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health and Master Program Coordinator for Biostatistics

220 Robison Hall
Office Hours
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Meredith Ray

About Meredith Ray

Meredith Ray, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Environmental Health. Dr. Ray received her doctoral degree at the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health in 2014 and her MPH at the University of Georgia, College of Public Health in 2009. Her general research interests are in Bayesian methods, fMRI brain imaging analysis, bioinformatics (epigenetics) and semi-parametric modeling. Her primary research focuses on methods for identifying significant regions of brain activation using fMRI meta-data and methods for identifying associations of DNA methylation with outcomes of interest.


  • PhD, Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • MPH,Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • BS, Mathematics, Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia

Research Interests

  • Bayesian methods
  • Semi-parametric modeling
  • fMRI brain imaging data analysis
  • Bioinformatics

Selected Publications

  1. M Alexander, J Burch, S Steck, C Chen, T Hurley, P Cavicchia, M Ray, N Shivappa, J Guess, H Zhang, S Youngstedt, K Creek, S Lloyd, X Yang and J Hebert. Case-Control Study of the PERIOD3 Clock Gene Length Polymorphism and Colorectal Adenoma Formation. Oncology Reports.
  2. M A Ray, SD Youngstedt, H Zhang, SE Wagner, BE Harmon, G Jean-Louis, B Cai, TG Hurley, JR Hébert, RK Bogan and JB Burch. Examination of wrist and hip actigraphy using a novel sleep estimation procedure. Sleep Science. 2014.
  3. H Zhang, X Tong, JW Holloway, FI Rezwan, GA Lockett, VK Patil, M A Ray, TM Everson, N Soto-Ramirez, SH Arshad, S Ewart and W Karmaus. The interplay of DNA methylation over time with Th2 pathway genetic variants on asthma risk and temporal asthma transition. Clinical Epigenetics. 15;6:8 2014.
  4. P Ruiz, M A Ray, J Fisher, and M Mumtaz. Development of a Human Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Toolkit for Environmental Pollutants. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 12:7469-7480. 2011.
  5. M Mumtaz, M A Ray, S Crowell, D Keys, J Fisher, and P Ruiz. Translational Research to Develop a Human PBPK Models Tool Kit – Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Journal of Tox. and Environmental Health. Part A. 75:6-24. 2012

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