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 April 2021, this partnership directly supports the training of 86 PhD students, 37 postdoctoral trainees, 20 medical students on short-term research rotations, and 7 undergraduates interested in health science research. Indirectly, it would be difficult to capture the intricate and profound impact of these programs on the overall training and research environment within the Health Science Center, as each program designs its resources to be available to all trainees in its research sphere.

MEET THE T TEAM!

The University of Florida and the National Institutes of Health jointly sponsor 24 training programs at the University of Florida's Health Science Center.

Students and pipettes

Not sure where to start? Have questions? Need to update information on the page? Email Audrey Natwick a.dickinson@ufl.edu or call (352) 294-8332 .

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Basic Microbiology and Infectious Disease

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

Jasmine Ayers

Jasmine studies the immune response to dengue and Zika viruses in the Aedes aegypti gut

Jasmine Ayers

Jessica Brandwein

Jessie studies the genetic regulation of nitric oxide synthase (nos) in Staphylococcus aureus, as maintaining optimal nitric oxide levels is important for S. aureus respiration, stress resistance, and virulence

Jessica Brandwein

Tristan grams

Tristan examines differences in reactivation efficiencies between two herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) strains in a newly established in vitro model of latency

Tristan Grams

Amy Peiper

No research summary available

Amy Peiper

Kenzie Spires

No research summary available

Kenzie Spires

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.

Emaunuel Boutzoukas

No research description available

Emanuel Boutzoukas

Claire DeLucia, phd

No research summary available

Claire DeLucia

Mia Kelly

Mia studies circadian rhythms in cardiorespiratory control, including daily cycles of clock genes & genes associated with respiratory motor plasticity in the brainstem & spinal cord

Mia Kelly

Wendy Olsen, PhD

Dr. Olsen studies how sensory afferents lining the upper and lower airways of the aerodigestive track can elicit airway protective mechanisms

Wendy Olsen

alexandria marciante, PhD

Dr. Marciante studies the effects of age and sex on respiratory motor plasticity

Alexandria Marciante

Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program at the University of Florida

Developing and expanding a diverse and talented pool of professional researchers with the skills to pursue successful careers in the biomedical workforce

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

Matthew Burke

Matthew studies the development of the PROTAC molecule for the targeted degradation of proteins

Matthew Burke

Jessica Mamallapalli

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

Jessica Mamallapalli

Emma Mulry

Emma studies protein-polymer conjugates and the effects on thermodynamics and protein unfolding pathways

Emma Mulry

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

Training the next generation of neuroscientists devoted to dementia related research

jessica bove

Jessica examines how TBI influences future neurodegeneration

Jessica Bove

wonn pyon

Wonn studies the effects of aging on catecholaminergic neuromodulatory systems that regulate cognition and olfactory function

Wonn Pyon

katie rodriguez

No research summary available

Katie Rodriguez

sabrina zequeira

Sabrina studies the effects of cannabinoid exposure on cognition (including olfactory learning) in aging

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Comprehensive Training Program in Oral Biology

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

Beau Brummel, PhD

Dr. Brummel studies how novel small molecules act against oral pathogens

Beau Brummel

Heba El-Ahmad

No research summary available

Heba El-Ahmad

Vanessa Enriquez, phd

No research summary available

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Zavier Eure

No research summary available

Zavier Eure

Seung Jang

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

Seung James Jang

Callahan Katrak

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

Callahan Katrak

Kyra Martin

No research summary available

Kyra Martin

louise morais dornelas figueira, phd

No research summary available

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Alexandra Peterson

No research summary available

Alexandra Peterson

Christina Rothenberger

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

Christina Rothenberger

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.

Mollie Huber

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

Mollie Huber

Alexander Kwiatkowski

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

Alexander Kwiatkowski

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

Anna Rushin

No research summary available

Anna Rushin

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

stefan delmas

Stefan studies the cognitive-behavioral interaction and the neuromuscular mechanisms underlying functional impairments in movement disorders

Stefan Delmas

Adithya Gopinath

Adithya studies dopamine signaling and neuroimmunology

Adithya Gopinath

Franjo Ivankovic-Macgibbon

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

Franjo Ivankovic

Noelle Jacobsen

Noelle investigates electrocortical activity during locomotor adaptation using mobile electroencephalography

Noelle Jacobsen

Grace lloyd

No research summary available

Grace Lloyd

adriana ratajska

Adriana studies mood/emotion subtypes in basal ganglia diseases

Adriana Ratajska

Interdisciplinary Training in Neuromuscular Plasticity and Rehabilitation

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

Walter Barrutia

Walter studies the development of novel lower-limb exoskeleton designs to aid walking in healthy and disabled populations

Walter Barrutia

vivian doerr

Vivian studies the detrimental effects of the chemotherapeutic doxorubicin on skeletal muscle health and function

Vivian Doerr

vini mariani

Vini conducts biophysics experiments to study loss of skeletal muscle contractile function in disease and aging

Vinicius Mariani

Alessanra norris

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

Alessandra Norris

brandon parks

Brandon studies how to close the loop on essential tremor with deep brain stimulation, and connections within the brain during movement

Brandon Parks

nicole stafford

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

Nicole Stafford

Molecular Biology in Burns and Trauma

Training surgical residents in the science of inflammation & immunity

Erik Anderson, MD

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

Erik Anderson

lauren kelly, MD

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

Lauren Kelly

Jennifer Munley, MD

Dr. Munley studies microbiome alterations after trauma

Jennifer Munley

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

elnaz ebrahimi

No research summary available

Elnaz Ebrahimi

alexander ligocki

No research summary available

Alexander Ligocki

Gabriel Prado

Gabriel studies the role of methylation in MDS development

Gabriel Prado

daniil shabashvili, phd

Dr. Shabashvili studies the delivery of oncolytic virus for treatment of small cell lung cancer5

Daniil Shabashvili

Justin Varholick

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

Justin Varholick

Augustine Vinson

Augustine studies hematopoietic stem cell behavior directly following transplant using intravital imaging techniques

Augustine Vinson

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

Training PhD students in non-pharmacological interventions for cognitive aging (CA), mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease

Tara Cooper

Tara’s interest is the mechanisms of learning & memory and neurodegeneration such as Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia

Tara Cooper

Nicole Evangelista

Nicole employs machine learning methods to determine the best predictive model of working memory performance, using multimodal measures of whole-brain structure and function

Nicole Evangelista

Kailey Langer

Kailey aims to conduct research that adds to an understanding of the efficacy of interventions and the factors that contribute to inter-individual differences in observed improvements

Kailey Langer

Andrea Mejia

Andrea researches the mechanisms that delay and/or prevent the progression of cognitive decline among Spanish and English-speaking populations

Andrea Mejia

Rebecca Polk

Rebecca investigates the neural activation and connectivity changes in the temporoparietal junction (TPJ) after a 4-week oxytocin administration intervention in older adults

Rebecca Polk

Brad TAylor

No research summary available

Brad Taylor

Integrative and Multidisciplinary Pain and Aging Research Training

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

benjamin chapin, phd

No research summary available

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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

folly patterson, phd

No research summary available

Folly Patterson

Steven Pratscher, PhD

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

Steven Pratscher

Team-based interdisciplinary cancer research training program

Transdisciplinary approaches to cancer research for PhD and postdoctoral trainees

Eric Cooks, PhD and andrew maxim

Tailoring virtual human voice and character customization as part of a telehealth intervention to promote colorectal screening among Black adults

Eric Cooks, Andrew Maxim

Bayli Divita Dean, PhD and rachel newsome

Studying the role of the human gut microbiome in combinatorial cancer therapy response in pan-solid tumors

Bayli Divita Dean and Rachel Newsome

Nicholas Hiers and daniel stribling

Identifying miRNA-associated therapeutic targets in colorectal cancer through cutting-edge biochemical and bioinformatics methods

Derek Leas, phD and peter dib

Discovering and developing novel cancer therapies

Derek Leas and Peter Dib

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.

courtney wilkinson and phil mackie

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

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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

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

Osama dasa, MD and yara skaf

No research description available

Osama Dasa and Yara Skaf

Lisa Emerson and Andrew Rainey

We isolate diverse NTS strains, compare the virulence of laboratory and community NTS, and investigate the potential of a novel exosome-derived vaccine strategy against NTS community isolates

Lisa Emerson and Andrew Rainey

Karen Coker and Tyler Nesbit

We’re establishing steps towards reconciliation and trust among Black women toward reproductive health providers

Karen Coker and Tyler Nesbit

Training Program for Applied Research and Development in Genomic Medicine

Kelly Herremans, MD

Dr. Herremans explores the role of the oral microbiome in pancreatic cancer and how it relates to cancer health disparities

Kelly Herremans

Alexandra Ladd, MD

Dr. Ladd studies the genomic and transcriptomic mechanisms responsible for the development of chemotherapy resistance in hepatocellular carcinoma

Alexandra Ladd

richard marrero, pharmd

Richard studies genome-wide SNP associations to identify genetic markers predictive of outcome in pediatric AML patients

Richard Marrero

Andrea Riner, MD, MPH

Dr. Riner investigates pancreatic cancer health disparities utilizing ‘omics and ancestry informative markers

Andrea Riner

Lilian Shen, DVM

Dr. Shen investigates the use of gene editing for treatment of inherited feline and canine cardiomyopathies

Lilian Shen

Training Program in Chemosensory Science

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

Natalie Johnson

Natalie investigates how the chemosensory components of flavored e-cigarette juices contribute to nicotine reinforcement and reward in adolescents

Natalie Johnson

Brian Lee

Brian studies the effects of pathological Tau on primary cilia leading to olfactory dysfunction

Brian Lee

Kayli Sieber

Kayli is investigating the relationship between aging and olfactory plasticity via gene expression and behavioral analyses in an invertebrate model

Kayli Sieber

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

Brianne Borgia, phd

No research summary available

Brianne Borgia

taylor mcelroy, phd

Dr. McElroy studies how NMD affects mobility in the context of aging

Taylor McElroy

Valay shah, PhD

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

Valay Shah

Emily smail, phd

No research summary available

Emily Smail

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

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

Caroline Deaterly

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

Caroline Deaterly

jason defelice

Jason studies HIV pathophysiology and the consequences associated with chronic substance use, particularly alcohol and marijuana

Jason DeFelice

christina parisi

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

Christina Parisi

Bethany stennet

Dr. Stennet assesses the functional neural correlates of alcohol intoxication on pain processing and behaviors associated with alcohol use for self-medicating pain

Bethany Stennett

University of Florida Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health

Training diverse predocs and postdocs for careers in drug use, addiction, and consequences of addiction through a population science and public health lens

Alyssa Falise

Alyssa studies mental health, prescription misuse, and polysubstance use among older adults

Alyssa Falise

Nicole Fitzgerald

Nicole studies psychiatric epidemiology with a focus on substance use disorders

Nicole Fitzgerald

Carolin Hoeflich, PhD

Dr. Hoeflich studies psychiatric epidemiology, focusing on disparities associated with substance use

Carolin Hoeflich

Marilyn Horta, phd

Dr. Horta studies social cognition, decision-making, and substance use in chronic pain and aging

Marilyn Horta

andrew mccabe

No research description available

Andrew McCabe

Jillian Rung, PhD

Dr. Rung studies behavioral pharmacology and behavioral economics, with an emphasis on manipulations of abuse liability

Jillian Rung

Vinita Sharma, phd

Dr. Sharma focuses on the intersection of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and mental health

Vinita Sharma

enya vroom, phd

No research description available

Enya Vroom

Anna Wang

Anna focuses on substance use epidemiology research

Anna Wang

Nae Won

No research description available

Nae Won

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

Providing intensive, short-term (2.5 month) training in research for 20 first year medical students (MS1s) whose projects focus on heart, lung, and blood topics

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

Promoting the early entry of students into research by focusing on curricular reforms and activities that increase the students’ preparedness for foundational science and mathematics courses, and by increasing their awareness of scientific research as a profession