Program Students

2021 Students

Shambadeb Basu
s.basu@ufl.edu

Undergrad: Electrical Engineering, West Bengal Institute of Technology

Research Interests: Genomics of wild populations, Multi-omics of evolutionary adaptations, Population genetics of threatened species, Whole genome analysis

Max Glanz
glanzmax@ufl.edu

Undergrad: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Research Interests: Peripheral neuropathies, Neurometabolism, Neurodegeneration, Stress biology, Multi-omics, Metabolic reprogramming, Neuroscience cell biology

Netanya Keil
nkeil@ufl.edu

Undergrad: Biology, New York University

Research Interests: Population genetics, Transcriptomics, Genetics of host-pathogen interactions

Juan Perez
juanperezjimenez@ufl.edu

Undergrad: Biology, Universidad del Quindio

Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Genomics, Transcriptomics, Metabolomics, Molecular cell biology, Exosome diagnostics 

Jacky Sanson
jsanson@ufl.edu

Undergrad: Microbiology and Cell Science, University of South Florida

Research Interests: Equine genetics, Genome stability, Gene therapy

Connor Traugot
connertraugot@ufl.edu

Undergrad: Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Research Interests: Molecular basis of genetic diseases, Gene therapy, Gene editing

2020 Students

Juan Arboleda
jarboleda@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Eric Wang, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Undergrad: Biology, University of Florida

Research Interests: Molecular basis of neurodegenerative human disease & pathomechanisms

David Berryman
david.lee@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Yuqing Li, Neurology

Undergrad: Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida

Research Interests: Bioinformatics, gene editing, gene expression

Liudmyla Kondratova
l.kondratova@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Eduardo Vallejos, Horticultural Sciences

Undergrad: Molecular Genetics, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Acade

Research Interests: Improve, generate, evaluate mutations of AAV capsids using machine learning; molecular therapy

Christian Maugée
cmaugee@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Yuqing Li, Neurology

Undergrad: Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of South Florida

Research Interests: Friedreich’s Ataxia; epigenetics in triplet repeat disease

Emily Vu
evu@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Bryony Bonning, Entomology & Nematology

Undergrad: Biochemistry, University of Florida

Research Interests: Bioinformatics relating to functional genomics

David Yu
jomamill7@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Julie Maupin-Furlow, Microbiology & Cell Science

Undergrad: Microbiology and Cell Science , University of Florida

Research Interests: Virology, molecular genetics

2019 Students

Rocio Amorin
ramorin@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr Ana Conesa, Microbiology and Cell Science

Undergrad: Biotechnology, ORT University, Uruguay

Research Interests: Bioinformatics, gene expression regulation, alternative splicing

Daniel Stribling
ds@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Rolf Renne, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Undergrad: Chemistry and Computational Biology, Florida State University

Research Interests: Computational Genomics / Bioinformatics; Cancer Genomics

2018 Students

Adalena Nanni
adalena.nanni@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Lauren McIntyre, MGM

Undergrad: Bioinformatics, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: Bioinformatics, specifically involving genome and sequence analyses

Vivekananda Budamagunta
v.budamagunta@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Thomas Foster and Dr. Daohong Zhou, Neuroscience/Pharmacodynamics

Undergrad: Genetic Engineering, SRM University (India)

Research Interests: Process of aging, molecular hallmarks of aging, ways to tackle aging using natural or synthetic compounds, stem cells, cellular regeneration, parabiosis, etc.

Sahana Sindhu
s.manoharsindhu@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Dmitry Traktuev and Dr. Keith March, Cardiology

Undergrad: Genetic Engineering, SRM University (India)

Research Interests: Regeneration and photo aging; approached from different angles such as the self renewal capacity of stem cells and tissue repair

Sadeem Qdaisat
sadeem.qdaisat@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Elias Sayour, RNA Engineering Laboratory

Undergrad: Clinical Genetics, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Research Interests: Clinical and translational science, focusing on the use of personalized medicine in cancer treatment. Gene editing, Pharmacogenomics, gene therapy, and rare cell detection

Chase Kelley
cpkelley94@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Eric Wang, MGM/CNG

Undergrad: Chemical Engineering and Physics, Northeastern University

Research Interests: Experimental and computational molecular biology and genetics, quantitative biology, and bioinformatics

Paul Wassel
jpwas2@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Julie Maupin-Furlow, MCS

Undergrad: Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida

Research Interests: Genetics of insect-microbe interactions and gene expression regulation by non-coding RNAs

Shandra Trantham
s.trantham@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Barry Byrne and Dr. Manuela Corti, Byrne Lab, MGM/Pediatrics

Undergrad: Cell and Molecular Biology, University of South Florida

Research Interests: Friedreich’s Ataxia and similar microsatellite diseases; Gene therapy and gene editing

2017 Students

Addelynn Sagadevan
asagadevan@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Brad Hoffman, Pediatrics

Undergrad: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, (Minor: Biomedical Research), University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests: Translational and regenerative medicine, with a bias toward stem cell biology, gene therapy and tissue engineering

Franjo Ivankovic
njofrica@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Carol Mathews, Department of Psychiatry

Undergrad: Integrative Biology and Anthropology, (Certificate: Medical Anthropology), University of Florida

Research Interests: Behavioral and psychiatric genomics, transcriptomics, tandem repeats

Awards: UF Graduate School Fellowship

Elizabeth Delgado
e.delgado@ufl.edu

Mentors: Dr. Eric Wang and Dr. Andy Berglund, Center for Neurogenetics

Undergrad: Biology, Cell and Molecular Concentration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Research Interests: Using research related to genetic engineering and personalized medicine to find potential protein and genetic therapies

2016 Students

Yuan Hong
yuanhong@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Rolf Renne, MGM

Undergrad: Genetics & Genomics, Fudan University, China

Research Interests: Epigenetics, cancer biology, cell cycle regulatory pathways and fate decisions

Leanne Dumeny
ldumeny@ufl.edu

Mentors: Dr. Larisa Cavallari, Dr. Julio Duarte, Pharmacy

Undergrad: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Florida

Research Interests: Personalized medicine in cardiovascular disease, translational research, pharmacogenomics and iPSCs

Luke Chandler
lukemchandler@ufl.edu

Mentors: Dr. Keith Choe, Biology

Undergrad: Biology, University of Central Florida

Research Interests: Evolution, molecular genetics, epigenetics, factors of selection and speciation

2015 Students

Taylor Paisie
tpaisie@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Marco Salemi, Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine

Undergrad: Biology, (Minors: Chemistry and Criminology), Florida State University

Research Interests: Infectious disease, viral genetics, gene vector therapy

2014 Students

Keon D. Wimberly
kwimberl1@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Keith Choe, Biology

Graduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Undergrad: Biology, Xavier University of Louisiana

Research Interests: Gene Therapy, Bioinformatics, Drug Delivery, Molecular Genetics

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