Dr. Arora is investigating the natural history of disease progression in both upper and lower extremities using functional tests and magnetic resonance imaging in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients. While DMD is an incurable disease, Dr. Arora's reserach will make it possible to identify appropriate age groups to evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic drugs in onging clinical trials. Dr. Arora is involved in developing a protocol for an exercise study in mice using phosphorous magnetic resonance spectroscopy, where she is measuring the energetics in healthy controls with the long term goal of moving the protocol to DMD patients. This would help in early detection of the disease in DMD patients. Dr. Arora earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida. She has been recognized for her exceptional science communication skills, including "Best Poster Award in Research Section" at the American Physical Therapy Association–Combined Sections Meeting, Anaheim, CA.
Dr. Banerjee is elucidating the altered cellular dynamics elicited by hyperthermia. Understanding the cross talk between cancer cells exposed to hyperthermia and immune cells will aid in the development of improved cancer immunostimulatory therapeutic strategies and regimens. Dr. Banerjee earned her PhD in Cancer Nanotherapeutics from the School of Medical Science and Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India. She has been awarded the Junior Research Fellowship (2009) and Senior Research Fellowship (2012) by the University Grants Commission. Dr. Banerjee's journal article entitled “Second generation liposomal cancer therapeutics: transition from laboratory” has been acknowledged as one of the top 25 most downloaded articles published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutics from January-June, 2013.
Dr. Bohórquez's research has been focused on the intersection between biophysics and nanomaterials, particularly in the engineering and testing of nanomaterials for biomedical and consumer product applications. Currently, Dr. Bohórquez works in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering Research Service Centers (RSC) at the University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Luisa Amelia Dempere. She is using her training and expertise as a chemical and biomedical engineer to develop solutions to research problems faced by a wide variety of RSC users.Dr. Bohórquez has made significant contributions to the assessment of «stability» and «mobility» of nanoparticles in biological environments in-situ through magnetic measurements, and in the development of magnetic nanoparticles that are colloidally stable in biological environments suitable for magnetic fluid hyperthermia (figure below). She serves as a volunteer reviewer for the International Journal of Nanomedicine. Dr. Bohórquez obtained her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2009. Later, she attended the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez where she completed an MS in Chemical Engineering (2012). Dr. Bohórquez earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida in 2016. Dr. Bohórquez was invited to present her research at P&G’s Focusing on Industrial Recruitment of Scientific Talent (FIRST) 2017 Conference.
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Dr. Canton is reseraching the gut physiology of the agricultural pest Nezara viridula, the southern green stink bug, in order to gain insights that will help develop new and better strategies for its control in crop fields. He earned his PhD in Biochemistry from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Dr. Canton has developed a strong research career in insect control with multiple publications, as well as being co-founder and member of a science communication and outreach NGO. This combination is critical in bridging the gap between academia and those who would benefit from scientific applications. Right Photo: N. viridula, the southern green stink bug.
Dr. Crofts research is focused on understanding how intracellular inclusions that build up in the brain in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease can cause whole brain organ failure. Dr. Croft has developed novel methods that use organotypic brain slice cultures and recombinant adeno-associated viruses to model these diseases in a dish. By using these unique methods, Dr. Croft can examine at a molecular and cellular level how these intracellular inclusions can drive neurodegeneration and cellular dysfunction and how we can most appropriately therapeutically target them. Dr. Croft earned her PhD in Neuroscience from King's College London, United Kingdom, where she was selected as a finalist to present her research to politicians and policy makers in the UK advocating for increased research funding for dementia. Dr. Croft has recently been awarded a 2 year post-doctoral fellowship from the Brightfocus Foundation to begin her path to academic independence.Learn More about Dr. Croft's Research
Dr. Ence analyzes genomic sequence data to annotate genes in newly sequenced genomes and to map genes that control economically valuable traits for breeders and growers. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Genetics at the University of Utah. In addition to his research contributions, Dr. Ence serves as a mentor for enthusiastic young scientists.
(Above) Mapping Strategy for Disease Gene LociLearn more about Dr. Ence's Research
Dr. Endara uses a combination of molecular and morphological data to answer questions about plant evolution, particularly in groups of Neotropical orchids and gymnosperms. She is currently working on developing bioinformatic pipelines to extract valuable morphological data contained in taxonomic descriptions in order to generate large phenotypic datasets. Dr. Endara's contributions to evolutionary biology and botany are helping to facilitate efforts to answer pressing questions regarding the origin and diversification of land plants. Photo: Dr. Endara and colleague Mike Wenzel collecting orchid specimens for microbiome analysis.Learn More about Dr. Endara's Research
Dr. Hu uses next generation sequencing to study gene expression of plant pathogens and the interaction of microbial communities under agriculture management. She earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Hu has published four peer-reviewed papers and currently has three manuscripts on the way.
Dr. Jones is a clinical Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Medicine, where he studies global health issues. He holds an MD degree from the University of Louisville, two MSc degrees from King’s College London and Tulane University, and recently completed an internal medicine residency in Cincinnati, OH before coming to UF. He serves half of the year as an attending physician at UF-Gainesville and the other half at clinical sites in Ghana, Haiti, Peru, and Tanzania. Beyond patient care, he studies the use of ultrasound in tropical medicine, the interaction of environment and non-communicable diseases, and health systems quality improvement; his global health research focuses on peace negotiations, rebuilding health systems after civil war, and the role of health in reinforcing or undermining the transition to peace. He has an ongoing study of different peace outcomes in intrastate conflicts and their impact on maternal and child health; he is currently investigating the sovereigntization and political uses of infectious diseases with epidemic potential. He has a personal interest in the role of medical education as a means to rebuild societies after war and teaches remotely in the Horn of Africa in this regard. Along with colleagues in the UK, Dr. Jones was recognized in the House of Commons for redesigning the medical education curriculum which is now used throughout the Horn of Africa.Learn More about Dr. Jones' research
Dr. Sarah Kim is a senior postdoctoral associate at the University of Florida’s Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology in Lake Nona (Orlando), working under the supervision by Dr. Stephan Schmidt, Dr. Mirjam Trame and Dr. Larry Lesko. Her current research projects focus on: 1) systems pharmacology modeling to improve drug safety, for which she received the David Goldstein Trainee Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (ASCPT) in 2017 and two Presidential Trainee Awards from ASCPT in 2017 and 2018, 2) population pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) modeling and simulations to evaluate the impact of potential bioinequivalence on PD, and 3) physiologically-based absorption pharmacokinetic (PBA-PK) modeling to evaluate the impact of drug formulation and system-specific properties on PK. She also serves as a reviewer for the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and was selected as one of the most productive reviewers in 2017. Dr. Kim earned her PhD in Biomathematics in the Department of Mathematics at Florida State University, USA.
Dr. Kuwar is engineering Bacillus thunringensis (Bt) derived proteins and toxins to increase their efficacy against insect pests.
He earned his PhD in Molecular Biology in the Department of Entomology at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany.
Dr. Kuwar is an International Max Planck Research Scholar. He has beed regonized for his scientific communications, including a best poster award, and has given talks at a variety of professional conferences and meetings. He actively contributes to UF and his field as a teacher and through outreach.
Insects consistently attack and damage our food sources (crops). Often times, they prefer our crops over ones they have evolved to eat, also known as host switching. Dr. Nguyen aims to understand the physiological and evolutionary mechanisms that allow insects to host switch. Dr. Nguyen earned his PhD in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Vermont. He is interested in the forces that shape all levels of biological diversity from ecosystems to genes.Learn more about Dr. Nguyen's Research
Dr. Nguyen conducts research to determine and implement advanced stabilization techniques and time marching schemes for the deliverable PSAAP-II code CMT-Nek (NNSA’s Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program II ), as well as integrate the finding of CS and exascale behavioral emulation into this code. He earned his PhD from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Trento, Italy. Right Photo: The falling droplet with a HLLEM Riemann solver.Learn more about Dr. Nguyen's research
Dr. Nouri is analyzing steroid hormones and performing lipidomics for various biological samples using ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry. These analyses are part of the toxicology research studies in the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology. Dr. Nouri is developing high-throughput and robust techniques for quantification of hormones and lipids, especially in low-volume or small size samples. He had been awarded a Japanese government scholarship and received his PhD in Biotechnology from University of Tsukuba, Japan in 2011. Dr. Nouri has published about 30 peer-reviewed papers or book chapters and is skillful in reviewing manuscripts for journals in plant biology and proteomics.Learn more about Dr. Nouri's Research
Dr. Parmar's professional research interests include multidisciplinary areas of biological sciences, including Pharmacology, Toxicology, and molecular/cellular biology, which are complimented by his extensive research experience in Neuroscience. Dr. Parmar has been involved in CNS research focused on understanding the pathological mechanisms (molecular, genetic, and cellular basis) underlying the development of neurodegenerative diseases (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s) and potential therapeutic intervention to halt the disease progression. Currently, as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative diseases (CTRND), Dr. Parmar is focused on understanding the role of Rab GTPase proteins in neurodegenerative α-synucleinopathies (Parkinson's, Dementia with Lewy Body & Multiple system atrophy) and tauopathies [Alzheimer's, Corticobasal Degeneration (CBD) & Progressive Supranuclear Palsy(PSP)] disorder. Further, Dr. Parmar has been involved in research focused on evaluating genetic risk factors associated with PSP and CBD using AAV-mediated technology. He earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Rab GTPase regulatory cycle.Learn more about Dr. Parmar's research
Dr. Roach is a Nurse Scientist and a postdoctoral fellow in Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science at the University of Florida in the College of Dentistry. Dr. Roach obtained a BS in psychology from the University of Maryland College Park, ABSN from Loyola University Chicago, MS from DePaul University and her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Roach is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar alum. She received a postdoctoral fellowship with a focus on pain and aging thru the Integrative and Multidisciplinary Pain and Aging Research Training (IMPART), (T32-AG049673, Fillingham PI) and a partnership with the UF Pain Research Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE) under the mentorship of Drs. Fillingim, Wilkie, and Cruz-Almeida. As part of the T32, her research explores measurement of pain phenotypes, pain related genetics, epigenetics, and mechanism-based pain management, primarily in persons who have sickle cell disease.
Dr. Swain's research involves the design, construction and evaluation of vaccines to elicit protective host immune responses in agriculturally important aquatic animals. He is interested in the study of molecular mechanisms of bacterial, parasite and viral pathogenesis, and host immune responses in aquatic animals in order to develop needle free vaccines. Dr. Swain's primary work is focused on genetic modification of bacterial pathogens, such as E. piscicida and E. ictaluri, as live vaccines to prevent systemic granulomatous disease and enteric septicemia of both freshwater and marine fish. As part of his postdoctoral research in Prof. Roy Curtiss’s lab, Dr. Swain has successfully designed and constructed a recombinant attenuated Edwardsiella vaccine (RAEV) vector system with regulated delayed attenuation and regulated delayed lysis system. RAEV constructs with the regulated delayed lysis in vivo attribute induce maximal mucosal, systemic and cellular immune responses against pathogens whose protective antigens are delivered by the vaccine construct. Dr. Swain is currently constructing RAEV strains for synthesis and delivery of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis (Ich) and Aeromonas hydrophila protective antigens to prevent white spot diseases and aeromoniasis in aquaculture.Learn more about Dr. Swain's Research
Dr. Wang's research focuses on Transgene-free gene editing of Citrus sinensis via CRISPR/Cas9 technology. She earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Microbiology at the China Agricultural University. Dr. Wang has identified and published on two new species of Ensifer, nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
Dr. Yang is currently a PostDoctoral Research Associate in the Center of Compressible Multiphase Flow at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. degree in Thermal Engineering from the University of Miami (2018). He obtained his Master and Bachelor's degree in Thermal Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. His research interests lie in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics, flow control, aircraft design, and multiphase flow. ranging from theory, to design, and to implementation. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines of computer science, particularly high-performance computing and machine learning. His honors include the China National Scholarship for the graduate/undergraduate student – the highest honor bestowed by the Chinese government on outstanding graduate/undergraduate students. He has authored or co-authored more than thirty peer-reviewed papers in top journals and proceedings. He has given technical talks in major conferences AIAA/ASME/SAE, and he has presented research in NASA Ames.Learn more about Dr. Yang's Research