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Paula Gregory, PhD

Director, Faculty Development Office
Department of Genetics
Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy

533 Bolivar Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 568-6153
Fax: (504) 568-8500


Warren Easton Charter High School STEM Academy

High School Students Learn How to Extract, Study Their Own DNA

Workshop for High School Biology Teachers

Using Forensics to Teach Genetics  

Medical Student Summer Research Internship Program    

High School/Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program 


BS - 1977
University of Southern Mississippi

MS Cytogenetics - 1978
University of Southern Mississippi

PhD Cancer Cytogenetics - 1988
Tulane University


Dr. Paula Gregory is a Mississippi native. She received both her BS and MS. degrees at the University of Southern Mississippi. Her PhD research was carried out at Tulane University on cancer cytogenetics. For her postdoctoral training, she worked with Dr. Bill Brinkley at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and did further training with Dr. Francis Collins at the University of Michigan. While at U of M, she started the first Education Program within a Human Genome Center. In 1993, she started the Genetics Education Office of the National Institute for Human Genome Research within the National Institutes of Health, as a national extension of her work at U of M. While at the NIH, she started several new and innovative educational programs for the media, policy makers, students, faculty and the public.  These efforts earned her the NHGRI Award of Merit (1994), NIH Director's Award (1997), the NIH Award of Merit (1998) and the Champions of the James Award (2000). She accepted a faculty position at The Ohio State University in 1997 and began research focused on cancer genetics education. In 2002, Dr. Gregory joined the Department of Genetics at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center as an Associate Professor.  Dr. Gregory was awarded the Copping Award for Excellence in Education in 2013, this award is voted on by both the medical students and the faculty and is the highest teaching award given by LSUHSC.  She was promoted to full professor in 2013.

She has been awarded four NIH grants to fund  Summer Research Internships (genetics summer series) for high school, undergraduates and medical students.This program supports students to work in a variety of research labs during the summer. It also provides a summer seminar series for the students and travel scholarships for interns to attend scientific meetings.

 Dr. Gregory is the Co-Director of the Career Development and Mentoring Core of the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LACaTS) program.  The LACaTS is a multi-institutional center that includes Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Tulane University Medical School and LSUHSC with funding from the NIH.  The Mentoring and Career Development Core provides research mentoring and formal training in clinical/translational research for junior faculty from the member institutions.

Dr. Gregory is also the Director of the Office of Faculty Development for the School of Medicine.  In that role, she works with new faculty and fellows to faciliate their career transition and ensure their career success.  Faculty Development includes onboarding, orientation and continued research support throughout the initial years of their appointment.

Teaching Activities

Dr. Gregory is the Course Director for the medical Cell Biology and Microscopic Anatomy course for first year medical students.  As Course Director, she has introduced several changes to the course content and increased active learning, including Team Based Learning activities, a "Histo Look Alikes" review session and microscope demos in lab.

Dr. Gregory teaches in several graduate level courses, including two course that she created, Proposal Writing and Responsible Conduct of Research. She also helped create a genetics course for nursing students, Genetics Throughout the Lifespan and a Clinical Genetics course for the new LSUHSC Physician Assistant's Program.

Committees & Administrative Responsibilities

Dr. Gregory is a member of several School of Medicine committees, including:  the Women's Affairs  Committee, the Faculty Development and Evaluation Committee, the Research Advisory Committee, the Student Promotions Committee and the Junior Faculty Guidance and Mentoring Committee.  In her role as the Director of Faculty Development, she is a part of the Dean's Staff and works on a variety of school-wide initiatives.

Selected Publications

Munn M, Skinner PO, Conn L, Horsma HG, Gregory P, The involvement of genome researchers in high school science education., Genome Res 9(7):597-607, 1999.

Wijmenga C, Gregory PE, Schrock E, Ried T, Eils R, Liu PP, Collins FS, The CBF--SMMHC chimeric protein involved in acute myeloid leukemia forms novel nuclear plate-like structures in transformed NIH 3T3 cells., Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 93:1630-1635, 1996.

Gregory PE, Guttmann DH, Mitchell AL, Park S, Jacks T, Wood DL, Boguski M, Jove R, Collins FS, The neurofibromatosis type gene product co-localizes with microtubules., Somat Cell Mol Genet 3:265-274, 1993.

Wallace MR, Anderson LB, Saulino A, Brereton A, Gregory PE, Glover TW, Collins FS, A de novo Alu insertion results in neurofibromatosis type 1., Nature 353:864, 1991.

Bunnell BA, Fillmore H, Gregory PE, Kidd VJ, A dominant negative mutation in two proteins created by ectopic expression of an Au-rich 3' untranslated region., Somat Cell Mol Genet 16:151-162, 1989.

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