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Carla J. Ray

Senior Professional Research Assistant

CR.jpgCarla Ray has worked in research and clinical laboratories for over 30 years.  Carla attended the University of Missouri-Columbia.  After graduation, she began her career working in the Department of Pharmacology and continued on to the Department of Immunology at Harry S. Truman Memorial Hospital before moving to Colorado. 

She has worked at the University of Colorado since 1992 working as a Professional Research Assistant in General Internal Medicine including Cardiology and Renal.  She started in the Division of Hematology in 2001.  Her duties in the Allen / Stabler lab include analyzing clinical and research samples of blood, urine and CSF for vitamin B12 metabolites utilizing gas chromatography/mass spectrometry techniques developed by Dr. Allen.  She also oversees the managing of the lab and maintenance of the equipment in the laboratory. 


Carla is also an avid weaver and sells her work in galleries and art shows throughout Colorado.  Her other hobbies include cooking, gardening, hiking and spending time with her family and two dachshunds.





  1. Bylund DB, Solomon N, Ray-Prenger C, Jones SB, Harris RA. Comparison of adrenergic receptor binding in blood cells from alcoholics and controls. Alcohol 1: 369-372, 1984. 

  2. Turner JT, Ray-Prenger C, Bylund DB. Alpha 2-adrenergic receptors in the human cell line, HT29. Characterization with the full agonist radioligand [3H]UK-14,304 and inhibition of adenylate cyclase.  Mol Pharmacol 28: 422-430, 1985.

  3. Bylund DB, Rudeen PK, Petterborg LJ, Ray-Prenger C. Identification of alpha 2-adrenergic receptors in chicken pineal gland using [3H]rauwolscine. J Neurochem 51: 81-86, 1988. 

  4. Bylund DB, Ray-Prenger C, Murphy TJ. Alpha-2A and alpha-2B adrenergic receptor subtypes: antagonist binding in tissues and cell lines containing only one subtype. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 245: 600-607, 1988.

  5. Bylund DB, Ray-Prenger C. Alpha-2A and alpha-2B adrenergic receptor subtypes: attenuation of cyclic AMP production in cell lines containing only one receptor subtype. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 251: 640-644, 1989.

  6. Shekim WO, Bylund DB, Frankel F, Alexson J, Corcoran CM, McAllister JM, Ray-Prenger C. Platelet alpha 2-adrenergic receptor binding to 3H-yohimbine and personality variations in normals.  Psychiatry Res 32: 125-134, 1990.

  7. Blaxall HS, Murphy TJ, Baker JC, Ray C, Bylund DB. Characterization of the alpha-2C adrenergic receptor subtype in the opossum kidney and in the OK cell line. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 259: 323-329, 1991. 

  8. Gresham HD, Ray CJ, O'Sullivan FX. Defective neutrophil function in the autoimmune mouse strain MRL/lpr. Potential role of transforming growth factor-beta.  J Immunol 146: 3911-3921, 1991.

  9. O'Sullivan FX, Ray CJ, Takeda Y, Sharp GC, Walker SE. Long-term anti-CD4 treatment of MRL/lpr mice ameliorates immunopathology and lymphoproliferation but fails to suppress rheumatoid factor production. Clin Immunol Immunopathol 61: 421-435, 1991.

  10. Shekim WO, Bylund DB, Hodges K, Glaser R, Ray-Prenger C, Oetting G. Platelet alpha 2-adrenergic receptor binding and the effects of d-amphetamine in boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Neuropsychobiology 29: 120-124, 1994. 

  11. Crowley ST, Ray CJ, Nawaz D, Majack RA, Horwitz LD. Multiple growth factors are released from mechanically injured vascular smooth muscle cells. Am J Physiol 269 (5 Pt 2): H1641-H1647, 1995.

  12. Sponsel HT, Guzelian PS, Brown SE, Breckon R, Ray C, Simon FR, Anderson RJ. Mechanisms of recovery from mechanical injury of cultured rat hepatocytes.  Am J Physiol 271(3 Pt 1): C721-C727, 1996.

  13. Sponsel HT, Alfrey AC, Hammond WS, Durr JA, Ray C, Anderson RJ. Effect of iron on renal tubular epithelial cells.  Kidney Int 50:436-444, 1996.

  14. Anderson RJ, Ray C. Growth factor regulation of renal tubular epithelial cell motility.  Kidney Int Suppl 61: S36-S38, 1997.

  15. Anderson RJ, Sponsel HT, Brown SE, Breckon R, Ray C, Simon FR, Guzelian PS. Mechanisms of alcohol impairment of recovery from mechanically denuded areas made within cultured rat hepatocytes.  Hepatology 25:128-132, 1997.

  16. Anderson RJ, Ray CJ. Potential autocrine and paracrine mechanisms of recovery from mechanical injury of renal tubular epithelial cells. Am J Physiol 274 (3 Pt 2): F463-F472, 1998.

  17. Anderson RJ, Ray CJ, Hattler BG. Retinoic acid regulation of renal tubular epithelial and vascular smooth muscle cell function. J Am Soc Nephrol 9: 773-781, 1998.

  18. Anderson RJ, Ray CJ, Popoff MR. Evidence for Rho protein regulation of renal tubular epithelial cell function. Kidney Int 58: 1996-2006, 2000.

  19. Anderson RJ, Ray CJ, Burke TJ. Human red blood cell hemolysate is a potent mitogen for renal tubular epithelial cells. Ren Fail 22: 267-281, 2000.