Program Students

2022 Students

Tristyn Garza
t.garza@ufl.edu

Undergrad: Marine Biology, University of West Florida

Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Epigenetics, and Evolutionary genomics

Sebastian Guerra
sguerra1@ufl.edu

Undergrad: Microbiology & Cell Science, University of Florida

Research Interests:

Natalia Padillo-Anthemides
dolphinlover2007@ufl.edu

Undergrad: Marine Biology, Florida International University

Research Interests: Evolutionary genomics in marine invertebrates, bioinformatics, Developmental biology, Population genetics and ecology

Hannah Roberts
hannah.roberts@ufl.edu

Undergrad: Microbiology & Cell Science, University of Florida

Research Interests: Synthetic biology for extreme environments, Microbial biomanufacturing, Genetic circuits, and Continuous directed evolution

2021 Students

Max Glanz
glanzmax@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Matthew Merritt and Dr. Eric Wang, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology | Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

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

Mentor: Dr. Lauren McIntyre & Dr. Rolf Renne, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Undergrad: Biology, New York University

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

Juan Perez
juanperezjimenez@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Marco Salemi, Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine

Undergrad: Biology, Universidad del Quindio

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

Jacky Sanson
jsanson@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Martin Cohn, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

Undergrad: Microbiology and Cell Science, University of South Florida

Research Interests: Equine genetics, Genome stability, Gene therapy

Connor Traugot
connertraugot@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Mingyi Xie, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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. Eric Wang, Molecular Genetics & Microbiology

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: Bioinformatics, transcriptome analysis, and pathway reconstruction

Christian Maugée
cmaugee@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Christopher Vulpe, Physiological Sciences

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

Rocío Amorín de Hegedüs
ramorin@ufl.edu

Mentor: Dr. Ana Conesa & Dr. Jamie Foster, 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

Sahana Manohar 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

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

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

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

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