T Team- NIH Training Programs

The University of Florida partners with the National Institutes of Health to provide training opportunities for the next generation of scientists. As of May 2020, this partnership supports the training of 85 PhD students, 34 postdoctoral trainees, 20 medical students on short-term research rotations, along with 7 undergraduates interested in health science research.

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Training Programs for PhD Students, Postdocs, MD Students & Undergraduates

Basic Microbiology and Infectious Disease

Preparing PhD trainees in microbiology and infectious disease for exceptional and productive careers in biomedical research

Joseph Dean

Joseph Dean

Jessica Brandwein

Jasmine Ayers

Jasmine Ayers

Shanan emmanuel

Shanan Emmanuel

Tristan grams

Tristan Grams

Breathing Research and Therapeutics (BREATHE)

Training PhDs and postdocs to be the next generation of scientists devoted to preserving and restoring breathing and airway defense in clinical disorders that end life by respiratory failure.

ian malone

Ian studies engineering

Ian Malone

Emanuel Boutzoukas

Emanuel Boutzoukas

Gerard Robinson

Gerard researches sepsis

Gerard Robinson

Adrienn Varga, PhD

Dr. Varga researches the neural control of breathing

Adrienn Varga

Wendy Olsen, PhD

Dr. Olsen studies the mechanisms of cough

Wendy Olsen

Andrew Dlugos, PhD

Dr. D’Lugos studies respiratory muscle biology

Andrew DLugos

Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program at the University of Florida

lobna elsadek

Lobna explores the mechanism of action of discovered new bioactive marine products with a focus on anticancer and antifungal agents

Lobna Elsadek

Jessica Mamallapalli

Jessica studies the effects of kavalactones on norepinephrine-mediated signaling in cancer cells

Jessica Mamallapalli

tyler alsup

Tyler’s research is aimed at the discovery of novel bacterial terpenoids and characterization of the key biosynthetic machinery responsible for their impressive chemical diversity

Tyler Alsup

Michael Goertzen II

Michael Goertzen

Clinical and Translational Pre-Doctoral Training in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Equipping the next generation of AD researchers with the perspective & skills to make true advances in the treatment of this devastating and complex disease

Priscilla Amofa

Priscilla studies behavioral interventions as an alternative treatment to the delay and/or prevention of dementia among older adults with mild cognitive impairment, with a special focus on minority inclusion in clinical research

Priscilla Amofa

Jessica Kraft

Jessica studies the neural correlates of cognition and the use of non-invasive interventions to improve cognition in older adults

Jessica Kraft

Cheshire Hardcastle

Cheshire studies functional brain changes related to cognitive interventions that reduce dementia risk in an aging population

Cheshire Hardcastle

Tristan Williams

Tristan studies the effect of APOE isoforms on tau and amyloid pathologies in regard to Alzheimer’s disease

Comprehensive Training Program in Oral Biology

Employing team science to advance the detection, prevention, treatment and cures of oral and craniofacial diseases and abnormalities

Seung Jang

James (Seung Jin) studies immunoregulatory roles of the viral proteins of KSHV during oral infection.

Natalie Atyeo

Natalie identifies and characterizes deregulated host transcription factors in lytic KSHV infection of gingival epithelial cells.

Natalie Atyeo

debra brunson

Debra studies the mechanisms of metal homeostasis of Enterococcus faecalis.

Debra Brunson

Callahan Katrak

Callahan is pursuing her DMD before turning to PhD training and research activities.

Callahan Katrak

lauren spires

Lauren studies the role of viral interferon regulatory factor 1 in facilitating HHV-8 lytic infection.

Christina Rothenberger

Christina investigates the mechanisms that initiate surface translocation in Porphyromonas gingivalis.

Christina Rothenberger

lauren roberts

Lauren studies the regulation of KSHV infection by ID2, a negative regulator of basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors.

Lauren Roberts

Bruna Albuquerque-Garcia

Dr. Albuquerque-Garcia investigates the association of CBP+ Streptococcus mutans with increased caries risk and recurrent infections

Bruna Albuquerque

leila casella

Dr. Casella characterizes the regulatory nucleotides in Enterococcus faecalis

Leila Casella

Lauren Gay

Dr. Gay examines the miRNA targetome of KSHV in vitro and in vivo, along with aspects of KSHV and oral cancer

Lauren Gay

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Type 1 Diabetes and Biomedical Engineering

Blending medical knowledge and engineering technology to produce innovative therapeutics that address T1D care, and methods that deliver the long held hope for a means to prevent/reverse the disease.

Alexander Kwiatkowski

Alexander’s research involves an antigen-specific dual microparticle system to treat autoimmune diseases.

Alexander Kwiatkowski

Magdalena Samojlik

Magdalena engineers a 3-D platform for controlled co-culture of islets and immune cells to study the pathogenesis of T1D.

Magdalena Samojlik

Leeana Peters

Leeana utilizes single cell transcriptomic and epigenomic data to research the genes and pathways involved in T cell behavior in T1D.

Leeana Peters

Mollie Huber

Mollie investigates T1D pathogenesis using live pancreas tissue slices from human organ donors.

Mollie Huber

Interdisciplinary Training in Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration

Training the next generation of investigators with programs of basic, translational or clinical research to address movement disorders

Douglas Miller

Doug studies regulatory mechanisms of dopaminergic networks using complex network theory to identify differences that underly neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease

Douglas Miller

Adithya Gopinath

Adithya Gopinath

Francesca Lopez

Francesca studies novel interventions for cognitive & motor symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease

Francesca Lopez

Sidney Baudendistel

Sidney investigates the underlying mechanisms for prolonged and progressive mobility impairment in Parkinson’s Disease and explores novel interventions to improve gait function

Sidney Baudendistel

Franjo Ivankovic-Macgibbon

Franjo studies genetic underpinnings of psychiatric disorders, namely Tourette Syndrome and OCD

Franjo Ivankovic

Noelle Jacobsen

Noelle Jacobsen

Interdisciplinary Training in Neuromuscular Plasticity and Rehabilitation

Building a critical capacity of highly-trained rehabilitation scientists capable of conducting translational neuromuscular plasticity research.

Sarah Skinner Burke

Sarah studies mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy in advanced age, with focus on the role of mitochondrial dysfunction

Sarah Skinner Burke

Jamie Murbach

Jamie researches the electrochemical polymerization of conductive polymers for the improvement of neural interfaces

Jamie Murbach

Chandler Callaway

Chandler researches the role of tumor-derived chemokines in pancreatic cancer cachexia

Chandler Callaway

Stefan Delmas

Stefan characterizes early cognitive deficits using reaction time in an early preclinical model of Alzheimer’s disease

Stefan Delmas

Alessanra norris

Alessandra studies how Hh signaling controls intramuscular fat formation and muscle regeneration

Alessandra Norris

nicole stafford

Nicole studies the biomechanical performance of lower limb amputees using a portable myoelectric prosthesis

Nicole Stafford

michela mir

Michela studies sensorimotor changes of airway protection in neurodegenerative diseases

Michela Mir

Molecular Biology in Burns and Trauma

Training surgical residents in the science of inflammation & immunity

Dijoia Darden

Dr. Darden researches the transcriptomic and epigenetic responses of circulating leukocytes and bone marrow hematopoietic stem cells in surgical sepsis and trauma

Dijoia Darden

Brittany fenner

Dr. Fenner researches differing immune responses as a function of age using novel microfluidic technologies

Brittany Fenner

Erik Anderson

Dr. Anderson studies the characteristics of inflammation biology in patients with vascular disease and renal insufficiency

Erik Anderson

lauren kelly

Dr. Kelly studies the role of traumatic injury, inflammation, and stress on red blood cell development in the bone marrow

Lauren Kelly

Regenerative Medicine Training Grant

Training PhD students in the molecular and cellular aspects of stem cell biology and the use of stem cell products in patient care

Augustine Vinson

Gabriel Prado

Justin Varholick

Justin investigates how the external environment modifies structural and functional recovery during regenerative healing in the African spiny mouse

Justin Varholick

Ruben Garcia-Vazquez

Renal Training and Retention (RETAIN) Program

Providing a collaborative research and training environment for research clinicians learning to reduce the burden of kidney disease

jared rozowsky

Jared Rozowsky

Jermaine Johnston

Dr. Johnston examines mechanisms through which the renal H,K-ATPase HKa1 subunit regulates ENaC

Jermaine Johnston

Research Training in Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Cognition in Aging, MCI, and Alzheimer’s Disease

Tara Cooper

Tara Cooper

Kailey Langer

Kailey Langer

Rebecca Polk

Rebecca Polk

Alejandro Albizu

Alejandro Albizu

Nicole Evangelista

Nicole Evangelista

Andrea Mejia

Andrea Mejia

Research Training in Vision Science

Training PhD students to become independent investigators in the vision sciences since 1991.

Russell Mellen

Russell Mellen

William Ruddick

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William Ruddick

Integrative and Multidisciplinary Pain and Aging Research Training

Addressing the biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying age-related changes in the experience of pain

Calia Morais, PhD

Dr. Morais studies the influences of sociocultural stress and resilience on musculoskeletal pain among older Hispanic Americans

Calia Morais

Steven Pratscher, PhD

Dr. Pratscher focuses on efficacy and mechanisms of breathing interventions for musculoskeletal pain in older adults

Steven Pratscher

Shreela Palit, PhD

Dr. Palit is interested in risk and resilience factors associated with musculoskeletal pain across the lifespan

Shreela Palit

Joshua Crow, PhD

Dr. Crow studies central nervous system contributions to age-related physical decline

Joshua Crow

Soamy Montesino Goicolea, PhD

Dr. Montesino Goicolea focuses on mechanisms contributing to pain and sleep disturbances in older adults

Soamy Montesino

Together: Transforming and Translating Discovery to Improve Health

Led by Wayne McCormack, PhD, this training program supports 10 PhD trainees and runs on principles of team science.

Rachel Newsome

Rachel researches the influence of human gut microbial activities on cancer progression and therapeutic efficacy in a novel system that enables the visualization of these complex interactions

Rachel Newsome

Shaheen Farhadi

Shaheen Farhadi, PhD Candidate

danielle cook

Danielle Cooke, PhD Candidate

nioud gebru

Neo Gebru, MS, PhD Candidate

courtney wilkinson and phil mackie

We investigate the relationship between immune-brain communications in Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder

CourtneyWilkinsonPhilipMackie1

natalie koskela-staples and jacqlyn yourell

We use mixed methods to examine parent-level barriers to and facilitators of physical activity among adolescents with comorbid asthma and obesity

Natalie Koskela Staples And Jacqlyn Yourell

Gregory takacs and hannah anderson

We integrate mathematical biology and pre-clinical murine models of glioma to better understand how myeloid cell populations contribute to the immunosuppressive microenvironment that is characteristic of GBM

Greg Takacs And Hannah Anderson

Sarah long and Catherine tocci

We investigate the network level interactions of attention and learning during an attention network task (ANT) and an implicit learning contextual cueing (CC) task

Catherine Tocci And Sarah Long

Rachel Judy and kyle see

We utilize traditional machine learning methods such as support vector machine and more complex models including deep learning to generate interpretable features within resting EEG signals

Rachel Judy And Kyle See

Jennifer Applebaum and Carlyn Ellison

We use sequential mixed methods to research the potential barriers to aging in place faced by older adults with companion animals.

Jennifer Applebaum and Carlyn Ellison

Training Program for Applied Research and Development in Genomic Medicine

Andrea Riner

Lilian Shen

Cameron Thomas

Cameron Thomas

Eric Pruitt

Eric Pruitt

Training Program in Chemosensory Science

The TPCS supports 4 predoctoral trainees focused on study of the chemical senses

Julien Habif

Julien Habif

Caitlin Baumer Harrison

Caitlin Baumer Harrison

Natalie Johnson

Natalie Johnson

Brian Lee

Translational Research Training on Aging and Mobility (TRAM)

Addressing the multi-factorial causes and consequences of age-related changes in mobility and/or designing multi-modal interventions to prevent and rehabilitate mobility impairments in older adults

Valay shah, PhD

Dr. Valay Shah uses MRI techniques to capture brain deficits that relate to mobility impairment in older adults

Valay Shah

erika pliner

Dr. Erika Pliner quantifies the efficacy of balance training on neuromechanical components by manipulating sensory information and measuring electrocortical and biomechanical responses

Erika Pliner

Translational Science Training to Reduce the Impact of Alcohol on HIV Infection

Improving health outcomes for people affected by HIV and alcohol in Florida

Seungjun Ahn

Seungjun is devising a statistical method to enable differential network analysis in a regression setting based on a pseudovalue technique

Seungjun Ahn

Destin Shortell

Destin is pursuing several interrelated projects to understand mental health/substance use and cognition in people with and without HIV

Destin Shortell

christina parisi

Christina studies changes in health outcomes and marijuana use among persons living with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic

Christina Parisi

Caroline Deaterly

Caroline studies substance abuse and health outcomes in reproductive age women living with HIV

Caroline Deaterly

Vaughn Bryant

Vaughn investigates the association between alcohol use and working memory function, as well as working memory brain networks, among people with HIV by examining cognitive outcomes and cognitive change

Vaughn Bryant

mark britton

Mark studies the “dynamic range” of localized brain activation/deactivation during task performance and the relationship to HIV serostatus and alcohol.

Mark Britton

University of Florida Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health

Nicole Fitzgerald

Nicole Fitzgerald

Anna Wang

Anna Wang

Marilyn Horta

Marilyn Horta

Jillian Rung

Jillian Rung

Vinita Sharma

Vinita Sharma

Alyssa Falise

Alyssa Falise

Carolin Hoeflich

Carolin Hoeflich

Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor

Short-Term Training for Medical Students in Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research

GatorStar: A New Marc U*Star Program at the University of Florida