Program Coordinators

Connie J. Mulligan, PhD

Graduate Coordinator | Professor, Anthropology |

Connie Mulligan, PhD, is the Graduate Coordinator for the Genetics & Genomics Graduate Program, and a professor in the department of anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). 

Dr. Mulligan discovered her passion for research while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in the Honors Biology program at the University of Illinois. After graduation, she moved to the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University for her PhD in yeast genetics and tRNA processing. Building on her interest in genetics, Dr. Mulligan switched her focus to human genetics starting as a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama where she discovered that the first humans to colonize the Americas came from Mongolia. Working as a NRC Senior Research Associate at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, she broadened her interest in evolutionary history to include genetic associations in complex diseases like alcoholism. Since coming to UF’s Department of Anthropology, Dr. Mulligan has built a NSF-funded research program to investigate the genetic and psychosocial factors involved in response to stress and related health conditions. Ongoing projects focus on the effect of maternal stress on newborn health outcomes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, multigenerational epigenetic signatures of violence in Syrian refugees, and the impact of racial discrimination on health in African Americans living in Tallahassee. Learn more here. 

Amy Davis

Academic Program Specialist III | 

Amy Davis manages the Genetics & Genomics doctoral program.  She is the primary contact for all student matters during the application process, recruitment & admissions, and all admitted students.  Amy completed her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources at Santa Fe College.  During the 16 years Amy has worked at the University of Florida, she has primarily served as a graduate administrator and research administrator.  Amy thoroughly enjoys working with graduate students, helping and encouraging them as they navigate their way through their doctoral studies.  Please contact Amy via email ( or telephone 352-273-8124 with any questions related to the admissions process or current student matters. 

If you are not able to find the answers to your questions from our website or in the Virtual Handbook, please contact us by clicking here:

Contact us about the PhD Program