TL1 Participants

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TL1 Participants

Learn more about the TL1 program through the experiences and achievements of past and present participants.

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Testimonials

Henrietta Fasanya

“I have the opportunity to work with an engineering team and learn how mechanical engineers contribute to translational science. Through our project specifically, I’m learning about obtaining patents and understanding how, when, and in what direction you push projects forward for translational science.”

Henrietta Fasanya

Leanne Dumeny

“The team aspect was particularly motivating for me. Working in a collaboration added a different blend to my work.”

Leanne Dumeny

Robert Eisinger

“It has opened opportunities and collaborations that I otherwise would not have pursued. The team-based approach is novel and enriching and by far the highlight of this program”

Robert Eisinger

Current TL1 Trainees and Projects

A TL1 Team Approach to Peripheral Monocyte Changes as a Readout of CNS Disease

Phil Mackie, MD-PhD Candidate; UF, College of Medicine, Neuroscience Concentration
Phil Mackie, MD-PhD Candidate; UF, College of Medicine, Neuroscience Concentration
Courtney Wilkinson, PhD Candidate; UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Courtney Wilkinson, PhD Candidate; UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

TL1 Trainee Team

Courtney Wilkinson, PhD Candidate
Phil Mackie, MD-PhD Candidate

Mentors

Lori Knackstedt, PhD 
Habibeh Khoshbouei, PhD


Description

Using our combined expertise, we will investigate the relationship between immune-brain communications in two complex neuropsychiatric disorders associated with alterations in dopamine transmission: Parkinson’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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A TL1 Team Approach of the role parents play in physical activity engagement among adolescents with comorbid asthma and obesity

Jacqlyn Yourell, PhD Candidate; UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Jacqlyn Yourell, PhD Candidate; UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Natalie Koskela-Staples, PhD Candidate, UF College of Public Health and Health Professions
Natalie Koskela-Staples, PhD Candidate, UF College of Public Health and Health Professions

TL1 Trainee Team

Natalie Koskela-Staples, PhD Candidate 
Jacqlyn Yourell, PhD Candidate 

Mentors

David Fedele, PhD
Jennifer Doty, PhD


Description

Our project uses mixed methods to examine parent-level barriers to and facilitators of physical activity among adolescents with comorbid asthma and obesity. We will assess population-level, public health data to identify family-level risk factors and protective factors of physical activity and conduct semi-structured interviews with parents and adolescents to inform our quantitative findings.

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Integrating Mathematical and Biological Models to Target Myeloid-Derived Immune-suppressive Cells in GBM

Greg Takacs, PhD Candidate; UF College of Medicine, (Cancer) Pharmacology
Greg Takacs, PhD Candidate; UF College of Medicine, (Cancer) Pharmacology
Hannah Anderson, PhD Candidate; UF College of Liberal Arts & Science, Sociology
Hannah Anderson, PhD Candidate; UF College of Liberal Arts & Science, Mathematics

TL1 Trainee Team

Hannah Anderson, PhD Candidate 
Greg Takacs, PhD Candidate

Mentors

Libin Rong, PhD
Tracy (Wheeler) Stepien PhD
Jeffrey Harrison, PhD


Description

Glioblastoma (GBM) is a challenge for oncologists and current interventions are minimally effective; therefore, novel treatments need to be identified. As a team, 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 specifically are focused on characterizing chemokine systems with the goal of translating our results into new therapeutic approaches for this malignant brain cancer. Independently, the Stepien/Rong labs specialize in mathematical biology with an emphasis on medicine and immunology, dynamical systems, numerical methods, and data analysis. The Harrison lab specializes in targeting glioma-immune cell interactions through the use of pre-clinical brain tumors models. Results generated from our mathematical and pre-clinical mouse models will be relevant to GBM but may also have implications in other solid cancers.


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A CTS team approach to 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.

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Andrew Rainey, PhD Candidate
College of Public Health and Health Professions, Environmental and Global Health
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Lisa Emerson, PhD Candidate
College of Arts and Liberal Sciences,
Microbiology and Cell Science

CTS Trainee Team

Lisa Emerson, PhD Candidate
Andrew Rainey, PhD Candidate

Mentors

Mariola Edelmann, PhD
Anthony Maurelli, PhD


Description

Below is a table of our current and previous TL1 program participants. If you have questions about the program, please contact Susan Gardner at sgard@ufl.edu.

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A CTS Team Approach on Team approach to Establishing Steps towards Reconciliation and Trust among Black Women toward Reproductive Health Providers.

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Karen Coker PhD Candidate: College of Public Health and Health Professions, Environmental and Global Health
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Tyler Nesbit, PhD Candidate College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Family, Youth and Community Sciences

CTS Trainee Team

Tyler Nesbit, PhD Candidate
Karen Coker, PhD Candidate

Mentors

Larry Forthun, PhD
Sarah McKune, MPH, PhD


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Racial/ethnic disparities in infection rates and clinical outcomes in COVID-19

Yara Skaff,  MD-PhD Candidate
Yara Skaf, MD-PhD Candidate, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics
Osama Dasa, PhD Candidate
Osama Dasa, PhD Candidate, College of Medicine, Hospital Medicine Division

TL1 Trainee Team

Osama Dasa, PhD Candidate 
Yara Skaf,  MD-PhD Candidate

Mentors

Thomas Pearson, MD, PhD, MPH
Reinhard Laubenbacher, PhD


Description

Our common research interest is the study of racial/ethnic disparities with regard to infection rates and clinical outcomes in COVID-19, in particular through large EHR data sets. We plan to integrate epidemiology.

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Relationships with Companion Animals and Older Adults Aging-in-Place: Facilitators and/or Barriers to Health and Well-Being

Carlyn Ellison, PhD Candidate; UF College of Public Health and Health Professions
Carlyn Ellison, PhD Candidate; UF College of Public Health and Health Professions
Jennifer Applebaum, PhD Candidate; UF College of Liberal Arts and Science
Jennifer Applebaum, PhD Candidate; UF College of Liberal Arts and Science

TL1 Trainee Team

Jennifer Applebaum, PhD Candidate
Carlyn Ellison, PhD Candidate

Mentors

Barbara Zsembik, PhD
Sherrilene Classen, PhD
Linda Struckmeyer, PhD


Description

Over 60% of U.S. households have companion animals (i.e., pets that live in the home and are cared for by the individual). The field of human-animal interaction has considered older adults extensively, but has focused primarily on the potential facilitators to health and well-being of animal companionship while neglecting the potential barriers that relationships with CAs may present in order to maintain independence while aging-in-place. The overall study design is sequential mixed methods providing the intentional analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data to sufficiently address study objectives. We will analyze data from a longitudinal, panel survey with a nationally representative sample of Americans aged 50 years and over. We will then conduct focus groups to explore underlying factors related to results from the quantitative phase. By addressing the ways that relationships with CAs can act as facilitators and/or barriers to the health and well-being of older adults who are aging-in-place, the proposed study will build upon existing research in the fields of human-animal interaction and aging-in-place to bring to light previously unaddressed and/or poorly understood phenomena and their underlying mechanisms that impact a large proportion of the aging population.

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All TL1 Participants

Name (Last,first) TL1 Years degree program
Phelan, Dane 2014-2016 Medical Sciences – Genetics (PhD)
Walejko, Jacquelyn 2014-2016 Medical Sciences – Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Medicine, PhD)
Bray, Julie 2015-2017 Medical Sciences, Cancer Biology, Medicine (PhD)
Burke, Sarah 2015-2017 Neuroscience Medicine, Medical Sciences (PhD)
Lin, Andrea 2015-2017 Immunology, Medicine, Medical Sciences (PhD)
Molina, Rene 2015-2017 Electrical and Computer Engineering,Engineering (PhD)
Nosacka, Rachel 2015-2017 Cancer Biology, Medicine, Medical Sciences (PhD)
Varillas, Jose 2015-2017 Biomedical Engineering, Engineering (PhD)
Koutzoumis, Dimitri 2016-2018 Physiology and Pharmacology, Medicine, Medical Sciences (PhD)
Lomelino, Carrie 2016-2018 Biochemistry, Medicine, Medical Sciences (PhD)

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