Ray is a higher education access student. He completed a degree in Genetics and Cell Biology in Dublin City University (DCU). During his time in DCU he received a Diageo Ireland scholarship, a Paddy Wright memorial scholarship and a Washington Ireland Program scholarship. In 2013 he graduated with a B.Sc. in Genetics and Cell Biology. Ray has had an interest in computing from a young age, completing several part time courses in computing in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) while attending school. As an undergraduate, Ray obtained experience in a number of labs including: The Flemish Institute of Biotechnology in the University of Ghent where he developed a transcription factor binding site prediction tool based on a novel algorithm published in Nucleic Acids Research (see paper). Ray worked in the National Institute of Cellular Biotechnology (NICB) to for his final year undergraduate thesis, using the R environment to apply a novel network clustering method designed to locate novel prognostic markers for non-small-cell lung cancer. As a Washington Ireland Program scholar Ray gained an internship in the Lombardi Cancer Research Center in Georgetown University. Here, Ray studied the mechanisms of resistance to Herceptin in treatment of breast cancers.
In October 2013 Ray was awarded the Daniel O’Hare Scholarship (pictured above at the award ceremony) to pursue his PhD in Dr. Mary J. O’Connell’s research team at DCU. Ray’s PhD work is at the interface between traditional phylogenetic approaches and novel network mathematical applications to biological data.