Dr. Frederick De- Shaun Gregory, a native of Savannah, was honored as a “Most Promising Scientist in Government” during the 2016 Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Conference. He received the award during the Emerald Honors and Trailblazers Dinner held Thursday, February 18, 2016, at the Philadelphia Marriott. Gregory is a Biologist and Program Manager in Neurophysiology with the U. S. Army Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC. He also serves as an Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC.
Gregory was nominated for the award by Dr. David Skatrud, Director of the Army Research Office, who attended the event. Dr. Gregory and two other government scientists were named “Most Promising Scientist in Government” through a peer review process because of their exceptional research and achievements. They are considered at the forefront of scientific research in the military. A 1995 graduate of Savannah High School, Gregory earned the B.S. Degree in Biology in 1999 at Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, and the Ph.D. in Neurobiology in 2006 at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He completed postdoctoral research in Pharmacology and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Emory University of Atlanta, Georgia and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa from 2006 thru 2011.
Prior to joining the U. S. Army Research Laboratory, Gregory worked as Program Manager and Adjunct Professor of Biology at Morehouse College. Dr. Gregory is recognized by scientists in his field as well as professionals within the Army, as evidenced by the invitations he’s received to be part of more than 10 scientific review or advisory panels with various defense agencies. They include the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, Department of Defense Minerva Research Initiative, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering – Human Training and Biosystems Directorate.
He is the author or co-author of numerous scientific research related articles. Additionally, Gregory served as a Reviewer for the Journal of Neuroscience (2008, 2011) and the Journal of Neurophysiology (2010). Gregory has created, co-managed, or co-developed research programs including the DARPA Systems Based Neurotechnology, Restoring Active Memory, and Hand Interfaces programs, as well as three new programs expected to receive some $18 million to explore multidisciplinary topics such as integrating physics and biology to explore new tools to study biological communication and signaling mechanisms, the neural dynamics of expert learning, and multisensory brain computer interfaces.
Gregory was recognized at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s 21st Annual Honorary Awards Ceremony this during November 2015 and received the 2015 Army Research Laboratory Award for Diversity for his efforts that resulted in several tangible and long-lasting impacts on the Army’s ability to nurture and grow a diverse science and technology workforce. He has published seven peer-reviewed articles, and his research was identified by Hearing Journal as an important step toward elucidating the pathophysiological mechanisms for Usher Syndrome, which accounts for most cases of combined hearing and vision disabilities. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience; Alpha Beta Chapter of Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society; the Association for Research in Otolaryngology; National Postdoctoral Association; the Association of UNCF/Merck Fellows; the American Evaluation Association and a Lifetime Member of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association.
Dr. Gregory is the son of the late Rose and Nathaniel Gregory of Savannah. He is married to Rachelle Elizabeth James Gregory. They have three children: Abigail Rose; Frederick James; and Elijah Nathaniel. [Credits: USBE: US Black Engineer Magazine]