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
Preparing PhD trainees in microbiology and infectious disease for exceptional and productive careers in biomedical research
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 studies engineering
Gerard researches sepsis
Dr. Varga researches the neural control of breathing
Dr. Olsen studies the mechanisms of cough
Dr. D’Lugos studies respiratory muscle biology
Lobna explores the mechanism of action of discovered new bioactive marine products with a focus on anticancer and antifungal agents
Jessica studies the effects of kavalactones on norepinephrine-mediated signaling in cancer cells
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
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 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
Jessica studies the neural correlates of cognition and the use of non-invasive interventions to improve cognition in older adults
Cheshire studies functional brain changes related to cognitive interventions that reduce dementia risk in an aging population
Tristan studies the effect of APOE isoforms on tau and amyloid pathologies in regard to Alzheimer’s disease
Employing team science to advance the detection, prevention, treatment and cures of oral and craniofacial diseases and abnormalities
James (Seung Jin) studies immunoregulatory roles of the viral proteins of KSHV during oral infection.
Natalie identifies and characterizes deregulated host transcription factors in lytic KSHV infection of gingival epithelial cells.
Debra studies the mechanisms of metal homeostasis of Enterococcus faecalis.
Callahan is pursuing her DMD before turning to PhD training and research activities.
Lauren studies the role of viral interferon regulatory factor 1 in facilitating HHV-8 lytic infection.
Christina investigates the mechanisms that initiate surface translocation in Porphyromonas gingivalis.
Lauren studies the regulation of KSHV infection by ID2, a negative regulator of basic helix-loop-helix transcription factors.
Dr. Albuquerque-Garcia investigates the association of CBP+ Streptococcus mutans with increased caries risk and recurrent infections
Dr. Casella characterizes the regulatory nucleotides in Enterococcus faecalis
Dr. Gay examines the miRNA targetome of KSHV in vitro and in vivo, along with aspects of KSHV and oral cancer
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’s research involves an antigen-specific dual microparticle system to treat autoimmune diseases.
Magdalena engineers a 3-D platform for controlled co-culture of islets and immune cells to study the pathogenesis of T1D.
Leeana utilizes single cell transcriptomic and epigenomic data to research the genes and pathways involved in T cell behavior in T1D.
Mollie investigates T1D pathogenesis using live pancreas tissue slices from human organ donors.
Training the next generation of investigators with programs of basic, translational or clinical research to address movement disorders
Doug studies regulatory mechanisms of dopaminergic networks using complex network theory to identify differences that underly neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease
Francesca studies novel interventions for cognitive & motor symptoms in Parkinson’s Disease
Sidney investigates the underlying mechanisms for prolonged and progressive mobility impairment in Parkinson’s Disease and explores novel interventions to improve gait function
Franjo studies genetic underpinnings of psychiatric disorders, namely Tourette Syndrome and OCD
Building a critical capacity of highly-trained rehabilitation scientists capable of conducting translational neuromuscular plasticity research.
Sarah studies mechanisms of skeletal muscle atrophy in advanced age, with focus on the role of mitochondrial dysfunction
Jamie researches the electrochemical polymerization of conductive polymers for the improvement of neural interfaces
Chandler researches the role of tumor-derived chemokines in pancreatic cancer cachexia
Stefan characterizes early cognitive deficits using reaction time in an early preclinical model of Alzheimer’s disease
Alessandra studies how Hh signaling controls intramuscular fat formation and muscle regeneration
Nicole studies the biomechanical performance of lower limb amputees using a portable myoelectric prosthesis
Michela studies sensorimotor changes of airway protection in neurodegenerative diseases
Training surgical residents in the science of inflammation & immunity
Dr. Darden researches the transcriptomic and epigenetic responses of circulating leukocytes and bone marrow hematopoietic stem cells in surgical sepsis and trauma
Dr. Fenner researches differing immune responses as a function of age using novel microfluidic technologies
Dr. Anderson studies the characteristics of inflammation biology in patients with vascular disease and renal insufficiency
Dr. Kelly studies the role of traumatic injury, inflammation, and stress on red blood cell development in the bone marrow
Training PhD students in the molecular and cellular aspects of stem cell biology and the use of stem cell products in patient care
Justin investigates how the external environment modifies structural and functional recovery during regenerative healing in the African spiny mouse
Providing a collaborative research and training environment for research clinicians learning to reduce the burden of kidney disease
Dr. Johnston examines mechanisms through which the renal H,K-ATPase HKa1 subunit regulates ENaC
Training PhD students to become independent investigators in the vision sciences since 1991.
Addressing the biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying age-related changes in the experience of pain
Dr. Morais studies the influences of sociocultural stress and resilience on musculoskeletal pain among older Hispanic Americans
Dr. Pratscher focuses on efficacy and mechanisms of breathing interventions for musculoskeletal pain in older adults
Dr. Palit is interested in risk and resilience factors associated with musculoskeletal pain across the lifespan
Dr. Crow studies central nervous system contributions to age-related physical decline
Dr. Montesino Goicolea focuses on mechanisms contributing to pain and sleep disturbances in older adults
Led by Wayne McCormack, PhD, this training program supports 10 PhD trainees and runs on principles of team science.
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
We investigate the relationship between immune-brain communication
s in Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder
We use mixed methods to examine parent-level barriers to and facilitators of physical activity among adolescents with comorbid asthma and obesity
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
We investigate the network level interactions of attention and learning during an attention network task (ANT) and an implicit learning contextual cueing (CC) task
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
We use sequential mixed methods to research the potential barriers to aging in place faced by older adults with companion animals.
The TPCS supports 4 predoctoral trainees focused on study of the chemical senses
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
Dr. Valay Shah uses MRI techniques to capture brain deficits that relate to mobility impairment in older adults
Dr. Erika Pliner quantifies the efficacy of balance training on neuromechanical components by manipulating sensory information and measuring electrocortical and biomechanical responses
Improving health outcomes for people affected by HIV and alcohol in Florida
Seungjun is devising a statistical method to enable differential network analysis in a regression setting based on a pseudovalue technique
Destin is pursuing several interrelated projects to understand mental health/substance use and cognition in people with and without HIV
Christina studies changes in health outcomes and marijuana use among persons living with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic
Caroline studies substance abuse and health outcomes in reproductive age women living with HIV
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
Mark studies the “dynamic range” of localized brain activation/deactivation during task performance and the relationship to HIV serostatus and alcohol.