BSc (Hon), PhDHonorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health

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Dr Gray has a PhD in Translational Physiology from the University of Nottingham, UK. His PhD focused on understanding how maternal diets high in sugar (fructose) can impact fetal development and subsequent predisposition to disease in the offspring. He then did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland examining the effects of differing maternal diets on fetal vascular development, function and predisposition to adult disease.

Dr Gray's current research projects involve looking at the effects of maternal diet on the uterine environment, blastocyst development, microRNA and gene expression. Utilising Proteomics and metabolomics he is also looking at the effects of preterm birth on liver function and the effects of maternal fructose (sugar-sweetened beverage) consumption on offspring liver development and predisposition to NAFLD.

Dr Gray firmly believes in collaborative research and currently has active collaborations with the Universities of Auckland, Victoria, Otago, Western Ontario, Newcastle, Nottingham and Cambridge. Dr Gray is currently supervising 3 PhD students and he is always interested in hearing from potential MSc and PhD students.

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Research interests

  • Maternal diet & pregnancy outcomes
  • Fructose & sugar-sweetened beverage intake on health
  • Blastocyst & early Fetal development
  • Carbohydrate & lipid metabolism
  • Preterm birth & later life metabolic health


Sixtus, R. P., Gray, C., Berry, M. J., & Dyson, R. M. (2023). Preterm-born individuals: A vulnerable population at risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality during thermal extremes? [Review]. Experimental Physiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1113/ep091152
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Sixtus, R. P., Berry, M. J., Gray, C. L., & Dyson, R. M. (2023). A novel whole-body thermal stress test for monitoring cardiovascular responses in Guinea pigs. Journal of Thermal Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jtherbio.2023.103500
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Smith, E. V. L. R., Dyson, R. M., Weth, F. R., Berry, M. J., & Gray, C. (2022). Maternal fructose intake, programmed mitochondrial function and predisposition to adult disease. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 23, 12215. doi: 10.3390/ijms232012215
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Saito-Benz, M., Bennington, K., Gray, C. L., Murphy, W. G., Flanagan, P., Steiner, F., … Berry, M. J. (2022). Effects of freshly irradiated vs irradiated and stored red blood cell transfusion on cerebral oxygenation in preterm infants: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatrics, 176(5), e220152. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2022.0152
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Smith, E. V. L. R., Dyson, R. M., Vanderboor, C. M. G., Sarr, O., Anderson, J., Berry, M. J., … Gray, C. (2022). Maternal fructose intake causes developmental reprogramming of hepatic mitochondrial catalytic activity and lipid metabolism in weanling and young adult offspring. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 23, 999. doi: 10.3390/ijms23020999
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