Stephanie Ray

Stephanie Ray

Stephanie Ray

PhD Candidate

room 540 Biological Sciences Building
484 W 12th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

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  • B.S. in Biology, Belmont University, 2015

Advisor: Chad Rappleye

Program: Microbiology

Term Joined: Autumn 2016


  • Microbiology Graduate Travel Award, OSU Department of Microbiology, 2019
  • Edward J. Ray Travel Award, OSU Council of Graduate Students, 2019                                           
  • N. Paul Hudson Award for Research Excellence, Ohio Branch American Society of Microbiology, 2019
  • Mote Memorial Teaching Award, OSU Department of Microbiology, 2018
  • J. Robie Vestal Award for Research Excellence, Ohio Branch American Society of Microbiology, 2018
  • University Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2016-2017


  • NIH/NIAID T32 Training Grant (1-T32-AI-112542), administered by the Infectious Disease Institute, The Ohio State University


Shen, Q., Gonzalez-Mireles A., Ray, S. C. and Rappleye, C. A. (2023) “Histoplasma capsulatum relies on tryptophan biosynthesis to proliferate within the macrophage phagosome.” Infect Immun, 9(6).

Ray, S. C. and Rappleye, C. A. (2022) “Mac1-dependent copper sensing promotes Histoplasma adaptation to the phagosome during adaptive immunity.” mBio, 13(2).

Shen, Q., Ray, S. C., Evans, H. M., Deepe, G. S. Jr., and Rappleye, C. A. (2020) Metabolism of gluconeogenic substrates by an intracellular fungal pathogen circumvents nutritional limitations within macrophages. mBio, 11(2).

Shen, Q., Beucler, M. J., Ray, S. C., and Rappleye, C. A. (2018) Macrophage activation by IFN-γ triggers restriction of phagosomal copper from intracellular pathogens.  PLoS Pathog, 14(11). 

Ray, S. C. and Rappleye, C. A. (2018) Flying under the radar: Histoplasma capsulatum avoidance of innate immune recognition.  Sem Cell Dev Biol, 89:91-98.

Longo, L. V. G*., Ray, S. C.*, Puccia, R., & Rappleye, C. A. (2018). Characterization of the APSES-family transcriptional regulators of Histoplasma capsulatum. FEMS Yeast Res, 18(8).

 *equally-contributing authors

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