Dr. Grace Hobson, Ph.D.


Dr. Grace Hobson is Senior Research Scientist, Head of the Neurogenetics Research Laboratory and Director of Diagnostics for Leukodystrophies at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. She is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.

She obtained a B.S. in biology from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA and a M.Ed. from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She was a high school and junior high school science/biology teacher before getting a Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in Newark and embarking on a career in research and molecular diagnostics.

Dr. Hobson’s research is aimed at understanding molecular mechanisms in PMD that will allow the development of rational treatments and ultimately a cure. She has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the PMD Foundation, the Kylan Hunter Foundation, and the Carson Scott Suter Foundation to fund this work. Dr. Hobson’s contact with families, genetic counselors and physicians through her molecular diagnostics work has allowed her to refer families to the PMD Foundation for information and support.

Dr. Hobson has participated in meetings, symposia, workshops and family conferences on PMD. In addition, she helped to organize the family meeting in 2000 that launched the PMD Foundation and she hosted symposia for families and researchers at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in 2003 and 2009.