Matt Gray is a professor of wildlife ecology in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, and a member of the UTIA Center for Wildlife Health. He studies a virus that causes disease in amphibians, reptiles and fish, and is emerging globally. The virus has been called the “Ebola of ectothermic vertebrate species” because of the systemic hemorrhages that is causes. Gray was the founding director of the Global Ranavirus Consortium, which is a non-profit organization that helps facilitate collaborative research on ranaviruses.
Gray co-edited the first book on ranaviruses, which was recently published as an Open Access eBook by Springer. This book is the most comprehensive review over ranaviruses, and represents the collective effort of 26 professionals from around the globe. In addition to this book, Gray has published more than 20 journal articles on the pathogen. He also helped organize the Third International Symposium on Ranaviruses in Gainesville, Florida.