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Last NameFirst NameIDegreeTitleDepartmentCollegeInterestsEmail
Agbandje-McKennaMavisPh.D.ProfessorBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of MedicineStructural Biology
AllenWilliamLJ.D.Associate Professor and DirectorCommunity Health and Family MedicineCollege of MedicineEthical, Legal and Social Issues in Genetics, End of Life Issues
AllredDavidRPh.D.Professor of Molecular ParasitologyInfectious Diseases and ImmunologyVeterinary MedicineAntigenic variation
AltpeterFredyDr. sc. agr. University of Hohenheim, GermanyProfessorAgronomyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesGenome editing, CRISPR/Cas9, homologous recombination, cereals, turf and forage grasses, sugarcane, crop improvement
AndersonPeterAPh.D.ProfessorWhitney Laboratory for Marine BioscienceWhitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience
ArisJohnPPh.D.Associate Professor,, Departmental Education Program DirectorAnatomy and Cell BiologyCollege of MedicineMy lab studies mechanisms of aging at the cellular level with a focus on the roles of autophagy and mitochondrial function in determining chronological longevity (i.e., longevity of non-dividing cells).
AtkinsonMarkAPh.D.Professor and Eminent ScholarPathology, Immunology and Laboratory MedicineCollege of Medicine
AustinJamesDPh.D.Associate ProfessorWildlife Ecology and ConservationInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesOur lab conducts research that emphasize molecular genetics of rare and endangered species. Projects have included estimating level and timing of population isolation, the impact of landscape structure and management (e.g. fire regimes) on animal genetics, and higher-level examinations of intra-specific (phylogeographic analysis) and inter-specific (phylogenetics) relationships.
AvramDorinaPh.D.Preeminence ProfessorMedicineCollege of MedicineAltered regulatory mechanisms of the immune system in autoimmune diseases and asthma
BaerCharlesFPh.D.Associate ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesEvolutionary biology, population genetics, quantitative genetics and genetic variation
BakerHenryVPh.D.Professor and ChairMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineFunctional genomics - genetics regulatory networks
BarbazukWilliamBPh.D.Associate ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and Sciences
BerglundAndyPh.D.ProfessorBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of MedicineRegulation of RNA processing and molecular mechanisms of neurological disease
BernsKennethM.D.EmeritusMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineMolecular genetics of the AAV life cycle and the use of the virus as a potential vector in human gene therapy.
BliznyukNikolayPh.D.Assistant ProfessorStatisticsLiberal Arts and SciencesBayesian methodology; computational methods; environmental statistics; inverse problems; spatial and spatio-temporal statistics; semiparametric modeling; uncertainty analysis; variable selection
BloomLindaBPh. D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineDNA Replication and Repair
BloomDavidCPh.D.ProfessorBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of MedicineThis lab focuses on the epigenetic regulation of herpes simplex virus (HSV) latent gene expression as a means of understanding the viral and cellular processes that mediate HSV latency and reactivation within neurons. Recent work in our lab has implicated several large and small noncoding RNAs as well as CTCF-binding chromatin insulator elements in regulating aspects of this process.
BorumPeggyRPh.D.ProfessorFood Science and Human NutritionInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe lab is focused on the metabolic roles of nutrients in neonates and children with chronic disease.
BrantlyMarkLMDProfessor and ChiefMedicineCollege of MedicineProtein Trafficking, Folding, Genetics of Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency
BraunEdwardLPh.D.Associate ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesMy research foci are evolutionary genomics, phylogenetics and computational biology. I am interested in models of genomic change and the use of evolutionary information to make inferences about the function at a variety of scales (ranging from molecules to whole organisms and populations). Although the majority of my recent work has focused on birds and reptiles I have worked on a variety of organisms (including plants on fungi) and I am not focused on any specific group of organisms. I use a variety of approaches, ranging from theory and data mining to laboratory methods and I am dedicated to fostering undergraduate research, integrating authentic research into the classroom, and improving pedagogy in the sciences.
BrooksSamanthaAPh.D.Assistant ProfessorAnimal SciencesVeterinary MedicineThe use of genomics tools to study traits of health, conformation and performance.
This work spans not only the mapping and identification of mutations causing traits of interest, but also
the use of a variety of nucleic acid based techniques in genomic research.
BrownDanielRPh.D.Associate ProfessorInfectious Diseases and ImmunologyVeterinary MedicineThe lab is focused on cellular microbiology with emphasis on mycoplasma models of host/pathogen interactions.
BrownMaryBPh.D.ProfessorInfectious Diseases and ImmunologyVeterinary Medicinemycoplasmal infections, comparative genomics of Mollicutes, host:pathogen interactions
BubbMichaelRM.D.Associate ProfessorMedicineCollege of MedicineCell motility, Arthritis, Autoimmunity
BungertJorgPh.D.ProfessorBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of MedicineThe research in our laboratory focuses on understanding gene regulatory mechanisms during differentiation of red blood cells with a particular emphasis on the globin genes. The five beta-globin genes are expressed at high levels in a developmental-stage specific manner only in erythroid cells. High-level expression is mediated by a locus control region (LCR), a powerful DNA regulatory element located far upstream of the beta-globin genes. Recent data demonstrate that the LCR recruits transcription complexes. We test the hypothesis that the LCR is the primary site of transcription complex recruitment and assembly in the beta globin gene locus. We also generate and utilize artificial DNA binding domains to analyze and modulate the function of cis-regulatory DNA elements in the beta-globin gene locus
Burleigh(J) GordonPh.D.Assistant ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and Sciences
ByrneBarryM.D. , Ph.D.ProfessorPediatricsCollege of MedicineCardiovascular disease
CainBrianDPh.D.ProfessorBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of MedicineThe laboratory is interested in the molecular regulation of the endothelin pathway genes.
Campbell-ThompsonMarthaLD.V.M., Ph.D.ProfessorPathology, Immunology and Laboratory MedicineCollege of MedicineAAV toxicology and transgene expression
CarneyPaulRM.D.Associate Professor and DirectorPediatricsCollege of MedicineEpilepsy, Brain Machine Interface, Neuroprosthetics, Seizure Prediction, Neural Engineering, Animal Models, Neurophysiology, Sleep Disorders, Neuropeptide Gene Therapy
CataldoTaraTMLSAssociate University LibrarianMarston Science LibraryLibrariesStudying the information seeking behavior or researchers and the use of digital collections and resources in science and medicine.
CavallariLarisaHPharmD, BCPS, FCCPAssociate Professor and DirectorPharmacotherapy and Translational ResearchPharmacyWarfarin pharmacogenetic research; Pharmocogenomics; Human
CellineseNicoPh.D.Assistant CuratorFlorida Museum of Natural HistoryFlorida Museum of Natural HistoryEvolution, Biogeography, Phyloinformatics, Biodiversity Informatics
ChangLung-JiPh.D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineHIV, oncoretro- and lentiviral vectors and Cancer
ChaparroJoseXPh.D.Assistant ProfessorHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
ChaseChristineDPh.D.ProfessorHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesOur research is focused on the molecular-genetic dissection of mitochondrial biogenesis and function in plants. We investigate the mitochondria-encoded cytoplasmic male sterility trait and nuclear-encoded fertility restoration genes to understand mitochondria-signaled programmed cell death in plants and the ways in which nuclear genes influence the organization, inheritance and expression of mitochondrial genomes.
ChenSixuePh.D.Associate ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesPlant Secondary Metabolism
ChenSu-ShingPh.D.EmeritusComputer and Information Science and EngineeringEngineering: The SBL has built several biological databases and has capabilities in web-based information services and application software for biomedical data analysis. Recent results include: text mining of gene regulatory networks, microarray analysis for cancer diagnosis, monitoring and therapy, and automatic ontological linking of PUBMED.
ChoeKeithPPh.D.Assistant ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesCellular stress responses, Animal Physiology, Aging, and Cell SIgnaling
ChoureyPremPh.D.Ctsy. ProfessorAgronomyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesBiochemical and Physiological Genetics, Seed development, Pollen development, Programmed Cell death
Clare-SalzlerMichaelJM.D.ProfessorPathology, Immunology and Laboratory MedicineCollege of Medicine
ClarkDavidGPh.D.ProfessorEnvironmental HorticultureInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesBiotechnology of Floriculture Crops
ClineKennethPh.D.ProfessorHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesPlant Cell Biology
CohnMartinJPh.D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineDevelopment of the vertebrate limb, Development of the urogenital system, Evolution and Development, Origin of limbs and fins
ConcannonPatrickJPh.D.Professor and UFGI DirectorPathology, Immunology and Laboratory MedicineCollege of MedicineGenetics of radiation sensitivity; Type 1 diabetes genetics; Genetic epidemiology of second primary breast cancer; Genetics of malnutrition - Genetic factors may contribute to a child's risk of stunting in an environmental context of poor sanitation and endemic
ConditRichardCPh.D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineThe lab uses a genetic approach to understanding transcription regulation, virus assembly and virus structure using the poxvirus vaccinia as a model system.
ConesaAnaPh.D.ProfessorMicrobiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesFunctional genomics, Next Generation Sequencing, RNA-seq, functional annotation, statistical analysis of
gene expression data, data integration, Blast2GO, Bioinformatics.
CousinsRobertJPh.D.Eminent ScholarFood Science and Human NutritionInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesMolecular and Cell Biology of Zinc Metabolism and Function
DameJohnBPh.D.Professor and ChairInfectious Diseases and ImmunologyVeterinary MedicineMolecular parasitology, Malaria
DarkMichaelJD.V.M., Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorComparative, Diagnostic and Population MedicineVeterinary MedicineVeterinary Pathology, Rickettsiology
DavisJohnMPh.D.Professor and Associate DirectorForest Resources and ConservationInstitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
de Crecy-LagardValeriePh.D.Associate ProfessorMicrobiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe lab focuses on using comparative genomics analyses to predict gene function and then experimentally validated those by a combination of genetic and biochemical approaches
DenslowNancyDPh.D.Associate ProfessorPhysiological SciencesVeterinary MedicineEstrogen receptor mediated gene expression
DerendorfHartmutPh.D.Distinguished Professor and ChairPharmaceuticsPharmacyDose optimization of anti-infective agents, corticosteroids and other drugs using PK/PD modeling.
DevineDarraghPPh.D.Associate ProfessorPsychologyLiberal Arts and SciencesGene expression in stress-induced limbic neuroplasticity, genetic basis of autism and self-injurious behaviour
DiGennaroPeterPh.D.Assistant ProfessorEntomology and NematologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesMolecular basis of nematode parasitism in plants
DriscollDanielJM.D., Ph.D.ProfessorPediatricsCollege of MedicineGenomic imprinting, Angelman and Prader-Willi syndromes, mammalian gametogenesis, early onset morbid obesity
DuarteJulioPh.D.Assistant ProfessorPharmacogenomicsPharmacy
FarmerieWilliamPh.D.Assistant Scientist and Associate Program DirectorInterdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology ResearchOffice of ResearchDNA sequencing, bioinformatics
FerlRobertJPh.D.ProfessorHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
FletcherBradleySM.D., Ph.D.Associate ProfessorMedicineCollege of MedicineNon-viral gene delivery, DNA transposons, tumor angiogenesis, gene therapy for hemophilia and cancer
FoltaKevinMPh.D.Associate ProfessorHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences1. The genetic and biochemical networks that connect the light environment to physiological changes in plants. 2. The compounds that define fruit flavors and connect consumers to higher quality fruits. 3. Connecting novel genes to their functions using transgenics. 4. Connecting undergraduates to meaningful research experiences.
FosterJamieSPh.D.Associate ProfessorMicrobiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe lab is focused on examining the molecular mechanisms underlying carbonate mineralization in modern lithifying microbial mats.
FosterThomasCPh.D.ProfessorNeuroscienceCollege of Medicine
FrostSusanCPh.D.ProfessorBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of MedicineEngineered adipocytes, retroviral gene transfer, diabetes
GabrielDeanWPh.D.ProfessorPlant PathologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesMicrobial pathogenesis, plant host recognition and defenses, bacterial genomics, functional genomics, gene engineering
GaderPaulDPh.D.ProfessorComputer and Information Science and EngineeringEngineering
GezanSalvadorAPh.D.Assistant ProfessorForest Resources and ConservationInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe lab is focused on developing, evaluating computational tools that facilitate the use of molecular information within a breeding program, and to facilitate the use of current experimental design and analyses techniques. Some of our areas of expertise include: linear mixed models, generalized linear mied models, together with use of software such as ASReml, SAS, R.
GhivizzaniStevenCPh.D.ProfessorOrthopaedics and RehabilitationCollege of MedicineGene- and stem cell-based treatments for musculoskeletal disorders
GilloolyJamesFPh.D.Associate ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and Sciences
GitzendannerMatthewAPh.D.Associate ScientistBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesMy research is focused on plant evolutionary genetics, employing tools that range from population genetics to genomics.
Gong WhislerYanPh.D.Research Associate ProfessorPharmacotherapy and Translational ResearchPharmacyPharmacogenomics; Serious Adverse Drug Reactions; Genetic Association Analysis; Genome-wide Association Studies; Statistical Genetics; Genetic Epidemiology
GonzalezClaudioFPh.D.Assistant ProfessorMicrobiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesGene expression and regulation, protein engineering, enzyme production and characterization
GossEricaMPh.D.Assistant ProfessorPlant PathologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesPlant pathogen evolution
GravleeClarenceCPh.D.Associate ProfessorAnthropologyLiberal Arts and SciencesEthnicity, race, and racism, human biological variation, cardiovascular disease, cultural dimensions of psychosocial stress
GuligPaulAPh.D.Professor and Associate DeanMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineMy research focuses on bacterial pathogens, specifically molecular pathogenesis aimed at determining how bacteria causes disease in humans. My current studies involve Vibrio vulnificus and Acinetobacter baumannii, two opportunistic pathogens that cause skin infections and often sepsis and death. We use molecular genetic analysis to create mutant strains and examine their ability to cause infection. We also use genomic sequence analysis to compare genomes of highly virulent and less virulent strains to identify candidate virulence genes. Other projects involve the development of phage-display (recombinant) antibodies to detect microbial pathogens and the use of bacteriophages as therapeutic agents to fight bacterial infections.
GurleyWilliamBB.S., M. S., Ph.D.Associate ProfessorMicrobiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesTranscriptional regulation in plants, Heat stress response, Heat shock transcription factors, General transcription factors such as TBP, TAFs, and TFIIB
HagenStephenJPh.D.ProfessorPhysicsLiberal Arts and SciencesOur lab is focused on biological physics, with current emphasis on the dynamics of biological systems, including especially bacterial quorum signaling, noise, and dynamics properties of bacterial communication
HahnDanielAPh.D.Associate ProfessorEntomology and NematologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesWhat gives some individuals more resistance to environmental stress than others (i.e., greater baseline stress resistance), and why do some individuals have greater plasticity in stress resistance (i.e., greater acclimation capacity or responses to early life experiences)? Are these same biochemical, cellular, and genetic mechanisms that confer greater stress resistance within populations ultimately also involved in diversification of stress responses at a macro-evolutionary scale across species? Our lab addresses these questions through three main areas: 1) seasonal adaptation in the context of invasive species moving into new climatic regions or for populations facing climate change, 2) stress and sexual selection, particularly testing hypotheses about linkages between oxidative stress and sexual performance, and 3) reproductive plasticity, aging, and healthspan.
HandlerAlfredMPh.D.Research Geneticist USDAEntomology and NematologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesTransgenic insect strain development for improved biological control .
HannahCurtisLPh.D.EmeritusHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe primary focus of the laboratory is on the kinetic, allosteric and stability characteristics of ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase and how these parameters affect cereal yield through starch biosynthesis. In collaboration, we investigate other genes/enzymes important in determining maize yield. Secondarily, we cooperate in efforts to elucidate the ramifications of Helitrons on the maize genome and their mechanism of gene-piece capture.
HansenPeterJPh.D.Distinguished ProfessorAnimal SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesPreimplantation embryonic development, cellular responses to heat shock, embryo transfer, reproductive immunology
HarfeBrianDPh.D.Associate Professor and Program DirectorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineMy lab uses the mouse and chick model systems to investigate how the intervertebral discs and digits form.
HarmonAliceCPh.D.ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesInterests are plant calcium-dependent protein kinases and their roles, especially in the regulation of cysteine metabolism and redox regulation.
HarmonPhilipFPh.D.Associate ProfessorPlant PathologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesFungal genetics and metagenomics
HauserBernardAPh.D.Associate ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesDuring seed formation, the maternal tissues surrounding the growing embryo participate in critical processes, including fertilization, and nutrient uptake. In the mature seeds, these same maternal tissues are critical for regulating germination, seed dormancy, seed stability and resistance to pathogen attach. Genetic mutations that alter the development of this maternal tissue, leading to specific loss of see structures and reduced seed set were found. Based on the seed structure and physiology of mutants, the function of genetic loci can be determined.There are a number of genes that are induced during environmental stress that cause seed failure. These loci are being evaluated so they can be used to ameliorate the effects of temperature and water stress in crop plants.
HauswirthWilliamPh.D.ProfessorOphthamologyCollege of MedicineEye disease
HeldermonCoyDM.D./Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorMedicineCollege of MedicineLysosomal Storage Diseases, Sanfilippo Syndrome
HerzogRolandWPh.D.ProfessorPediatricsCollege of MedicineThe lab seeks to develop a gene therapy for the X-linked bleeding disorder hemophilia and to establish novel immune tolerance protocols for hemophilia and other genetic diseases. Using interdisciplinary approaches, we are pursuing several alternative strategies to induce tolerance to therapeutic proteins such as hepatic gene transfer, mucosal tolerance, Treg therapy, and drug-based immune modulation. Important mechanistic aspects of these studies include organ-specific immunity, innate immunity, and immune regulation/regulatory T cells. We are using small and large animal models of hemophilia to advance basic science toward clinical application.
HoffmanBradEPh.D.Assistant ProfessorPediatricsCollege of MedicineImmunology of Gene Therapy
HromasRobertAM.D.Professor and ChairMedicineCollege of MedicineDNA double-strand break (DSB) repair
HuangSumingPh.D.Associate ProfessorBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of MedicineChromatin insulator, epigenetic regulation of chromatin structure and gene expression, hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis
IshovAlexanderMPh.D.Associate ProfessorAnatomy and Cell BiologyCollege of MedicineDrug resistance and epigenetics in carcinogenesis; dynamics of intranuclear proteins distribution and chromatin structure in the context of transcription regulation, stress application and viral infection.
JinShouguangPh.D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineHost-pathogen interaction (Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Agrobacterium tumefaciens)
JohnsonJulieAPharm.D.Distinguished ProfessorPharmacotherapy and Translational ResearchPharmacyMy research focuses on cardiovascular pharmacogenomics. I lead a research group in the NIH-supported Pharmacogenomics Research Network, with a project focused on pharmacogenomics of antihypertensive drugs.
JonesJeffreyBPh.D.ProfessorPlant PathologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesPlant-microbe interactions, host plant resistance
KahveciTamerPh.D.Associate ProfessorComputer and Information Science and EngineeringEngineeringIndexing, retrieval, and mining of biological databases, shotgun sequencing, multiple alignment and motif finding, protein structure similarity, protein classification
KangByung-hoPh.D.Assistant ProfessorMicrobiology and Cell scienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesPlant cell biology, epigenetics
KangPeterM.D.Chief and Associate Professor PediatricsCollege of MedicineGenetics of muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular disorders, Cockayne syndrome
KasaharaHidekoMD, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorPhysiology and Functional GenomicsCollege of MedicineOur current research interest is to understand the functions of Nkx2.5, an evolutionarily conserved NK2 class of homeobox transcription factor in the heart. During the genomic analysis of cardiovascular diseases, mutations of NKX2.5 (capitals are used for human Nkx2.5) have emerged as a fascinating story both because of the roles this transcription factor plays in formation of the developing heart, as well as in maintenance of the normal heart after birth and throughout development to adulthood. We are particularly interested in the mechanisms of this transcription factor involved in regulating downstream targets, and how abnormal Nkx2.5 expression causes cardiac anomalies (such as atrial and ventricular septal defects), progressive atrioventricular block and left ventricular dysfunction. Multiple experimental techniques and tools including in vitro studies, cell culture and in vivo analysis of genetically engineered mice allow us to study multiple aspects of Nkx2-5 transcription factor.
KawaharaAkitoYPh.D.Assistant CuratorFlorida Museum of Natural HistoryFlorida Museum of Natural History
KayeFredericJM.D.Professor and DirectorMedicineCollege of MedicineThe lab is focused on identifying and studying the functional implications of genetic alterations in lung and head & neck cancers.
KenworthyKevinEPh.D.Associate ProfessorAgronomyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesTurfgrass breeding and genetics
KertesDarleneAPh.D.Assistant ProfessorPsychologyLiberal Arts and SciencesGene environment interaction
KeyhaniNematOPh.D.Associate ProfessorMicrobiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesFungal genetics and biology, arthropod biological control
KilbergMichaelSPh.D.ProfessorBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of MedicineCharacterization of the transcription factor networks, the corresponding genomic elements, and epigenetic mechanisms that control hepatic gene expression during dietary protein or amino acid deprivation. Identification of the transcriptional adaptation mechanisms that permit hepatocellular carcinoma cells to proliferate during amino acid limitation.
KimballRebeccaTPh.D.Associate ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesThe lab is focused on understanding evolutionary patterns and processes, primarily focusing on birds.
KingMichaelAPh.D.Research ScientistPharmacology and TherapeuticsCollege of Medicine
KirstMatiasPh.D.Associate ProfessorForest Resources and ConservationInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe lab is focused is focused in three areas: (1) Fundamental Genomic Research in the genetic regulation of gene expression and gene expression networks; (2) Applied Genomic Research for the discovery of genes, metabolic and regulatory networks that control variation in wood quality, growth and other important traits for the forestry and agronomic industry; and (3) Technology and genomic tool development.
KladdeMichaelPPh.D.Associate ProfessorBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of Medicine
KleeHarryJPh.D.Eminent ScholarHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesSignal transduction, Plant secondary metabolism, Flavor, Carotenoids
KochKarenEPh.D.ProfessorHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
KolaczkowskiBryanPh.D.Assistant ProfessorMicrobiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe primary focus of our lab is 1) understanding the functional evolution of antiviral immune receptors, 2) developing therapeutic approaches to activate/inhibit these receptors and 3) predicting factors contributing to type 1 diabetes risk.
LambaJatinderPh.D.Associate ProfessorPharmacotherapy and Translational ResearchPharmacyIdentification, characterization and clinical validation of genomic/epigenomic markers predictive of therapeutic outcome cancer patients.
LangaeeTaimourYPh.D., MSPHResearch Associate ProfessorPharmacotherapy and Translational ResearchPharmacy
LawrenceRobertMMDAssociate ProfessorPediatricsCollege of MedicineTuberculosis, HIV, vectors
LeleTanmayPh.D.Associate ProfessorChemical EngineeringEngineeringMolecular and Cell Biophysics
LevyHazelCPh.D.Research Assistant ProfessorPediatricsCollege of Medicine
LewinAlfredSPh.D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineMy lab uses mouse models of retinal disease to develop gene therapies and pharmacologic therapies for blinding diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and age related macular degeneration.
LiYuqingPh.D.ProfessorNeurologyCollege of MedicinePathophysiology and experimental therapeutics of dystonia. Animal models of movement disorders including Parkinson's disease and restless legs syndrome. Molecular and cellular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity during development and learning. Conditional mutagenesis in mouse focusing on basal ganglia circuit and its dopaminergic, cholinergic and cerebellar modulations.
LiaoDaiqingPh.D.Associate ProfessorAnatomy and Cell BiologyCollege of MedicineOur lab focuses on understanding mechanisms underlying adenovirus replication and virus-host interactions as well as the application of such knowledge for designing new oncolytic viruses for cancer gene therapy. We are also interested in discovering small molecule inhibitors to lysine acetyltransferases and deacetylases and studying the effects of such molecules in anticancer applications.
LinserPaulJPh.D.ProfessorAnatomy and Cell BiologyCollege of Medicine
LongMaureenTPh.D.Associate ProfessorComparative, Diagnostic and Population MedicineVeterinary MedicineArboviral Diseases of Man and Animals
LorcaGracielaLPh.D.Assistant ProfessorMicrobiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesChemical biology of one-component transcriptional regulators, high throughput screen of small molecule binding modules, development of live vectors
LuJianrongPh.D.Associate ProfessorBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of MedicineThe lab focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying tumor progression. In particular, we are interested in transcription and chromatin regulation of angiogenesis and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). We also investigate the regulation and significance of altered metabolism in cancer
LuoXiaopingM.D.Lab ManagerPulmonary MedicineCollege of Medicine
MadenMalcolmPh.D.ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesThe lab is focused on inducing regeneration in mammals by a) discovering the mechanisms of regeneration in organisms that can already regenerate perfectly such as salamanders; b) re-inducing crucial developmental signalling pathways such as the retinoic acid pathway in a regenerative context.
MaiVolkerPh.D.,MPHAssociate ProfessorEpidemiologyCollege of MedicineGut microbiota, diet, cancer epidemiology, enteric disease, bacteriophage, bioinformatics
MandelRonPh.D.ProfessorNeuroscienceCollege of MedicineNeurodegenerative disorders
MartindaleMarkQPh.D.Professor and DirectorWhitney Lab for Marine BioscienceWhitney Lab for Marine BiosciencePattern formation, experimental embryology, evolutionary developmental biology, comparative and functional genomics
MartyniukChrisJPh.D.Associate ProfessorPhysiological SciencesVeterinary MedicineAquatic toxicology; Sex steroids; Neuroendocrinology; Gamma-aminobutyric acid; Transcriptomics; Proteomics; Reproduction; Fish
MaruniakJamesEPh.D.Associate ProfessorEntomology and NematologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe lab is investigating RNA silencing of arboviruses in vitro and in vivo. We perform baculovirus expression and phylogenetics. We are also determining viral genetic variation through host selection.
MathewsCarolAPh.D.ProfessorPsychiatryCollege of Medicine
Maupin-FurlowJulieAPh.D.ProfessorMicrobiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesMicrobial biochemistry and physiology; global regulatory mechanisms; mechanisms of proteolysis including proteasomes; post-translational modifications (acetylation, phosphorylation, ubiquitin-like proteins); molecular genetics, genomics and proteomics; archaea (methogens, halophiles, thermophiles); enzyme structure and function; biotechnology; metabolic engineering; microbial conversion of biomass to renewable fuels & chemicals.
McCartyDonaldRPh.D.ProfessorHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesSeed development, Maize, Arabidopsis, Abscisic acid biosynthesis, B3 domain transcription factors, Carotenoid dioxygenases
McDanielStuartPh.D.Assistant ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and Sciences
McFaddenGrantPh.D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineThe lab is focused on the colecular biology of myxoma virus.
McIntyreLaurenMPh.D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of Medicine The lab is focused on modeling gene regulatory networks.
MergiaAyalewPh.D.ProfessorInfectious Diseases and ImmunologyVeterinary MedicineAIDS, FIV, retroviruses, ribozymes
MillerChristineWPh.D.Assistant ProfessorEntomology and NematologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesEvolution of behavior and morphology with a focus on the environment's role in trait expression and evolution
MiyamotoMichaelMPh.D.ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesVertebrate Biology
MooreGloriaAPh.D.ProfessorHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural Sciencescitrus genetics, cold stress and acclimation, terpenoid biosynthesis, genetic transformation, citrus pathology
MorozLeonidLPh.D.ProfessorNeuroscienceCollege of Medicineepigenetics, genome biology, genomic bases of memory, neuronal identiry and plasticity; animal phylogeny and evolution, phylogenomics, next generation sequencing
MouZhonglinPh.D.Associate ProfessorMicrobiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesPlant Defense Responses
Mulligan (Kolman)ConnieJPh.D.ProfessorAnthropologyLiberal Arts and SciencesThe lab studies human evolution in terms of population history as well as human adaptation. We analyze neutral variation in order to reconstruct human population history and variation that is subject to natural selection in order to study the origin and spread of human disease and human pathogens.
MuzyczkaNicholasNPh.D.Eminent ScholarMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineAdeno-associated virus (AAV) and virus vectors
NickHarrySPh.D.ProfessorNeuroscienceCollege of Medicine
NotterpekLuciaPh.D.Chair and ProfessorNeuroscienceCollege of Medicineheritable neurodegenerative disorders
OgramAndrewPh.D.ProfessorSoil and Water ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesMicrobial Ecology; genetics of biodegradation of xenobiotics
OppenheimerDavidGPh.D.Associate ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesOur lab is interested in the following topics: 1) the control of plant actin dynamics, focusing on a novel regulator of actin depolymerizing factor, 2) membrane protein localization by a new type of signal anchor, and 3) small molecule inhibitors of protein-protein interactions and allosteric inhibitors of protein function.
OrmerodBrandiKPh.D.Assistant ProfessorBiomedical EngineeringEngineeringadult neurogenesis, neural stem cells, neurodegeneration
OstrovDavidAPh.D.Associate ProfessorPathology, Immunology and Laboratory MedicineCollege of Medicine Our team focuses on developing novel therapeutic approaches to treat esophageal cancer, breast cancer, drug resistant childhood leukemia, colon cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma, Type I diabetes, Graft Versus Host Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Autism Spectrum Disorders and drug resistant pathogens including HIV. Our laboratory developed a unique rapid and economical method to combine in silico high-throughput screening with functional structure-activity-relationship testing in vitro and in
PappBernadettPh.D.Assistant Professor of ResearchOral BiologyCollege of DentistryStem cells, reprogramming (iPSC), epigenetic and signaling regulation of cell fate changes, wound healing injury and regeneration, GENOMICS approaches (ChIPseq and RNAseq)
PardalosPanosPh.D.Distinguished ProfessorIndustrial and Systems EngineeringEngineeringglobal and combinatorial optimization
PaulAnna-LisaPh.D.Research Associate ProfessorHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesPlant space biology; plant molecular responses to novel abiotic stress
PaulayGustavPh.D.CuratorFlorida Museum of Natural HistoryFlorida Museum of Natural Historyphylogenetics and biodiversity
Pen–agaricanoFranciscoPh.D.Assistant ProfessorAnimal SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesStatistical and quantitative genetics and genomics; Nutritional genomics; Causal inference in multivariate genetic
PeterGaryFPh.D.ProfessorForest Resources and ConservationInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesBreeding, carbon allocation, cellular and developmental biology, metabolism, quantitative genetics
ProsperiMattiaPh.DAssociate ProfessorEpidemiologyCollege of MedicineBiomedical modeling and big data mining
QiuYiPh.D.Assistant ProfessorAnatomy and Cell BiologyCollege of Medicinegene regulation in pluripotency progenitor cells and in cancer
QuesenberryKennethHPh.D.ProfessorAgronomyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe lab is focused on genetic improvement of forages and turfgrasses using molecular and classical methods.
RankaSanjayPh.D.ProfessorComputer and Information Science and EngineeringEngineeringBioinformatics, Data Intensive Applications, Data Mining, Grid Computing
RanumLaura P.W.Ph.D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of Medicineunderstanding how repeat expansions cause myotonic dystrophy and ataxia
RathinasabapathiBalaPh.D.Associate ProfessorHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe lab is focused on understanding metabolic adaptations of plants to various abiotic stress factors especially those that generate oxidative damage. We develop biotechnologies for improving the tolerance of crop plants to high temperature, and cold stress and for minimizing food safety concerns from arsenic contamination of the environment.
ReedDavidLPh.D.Associate CuratorFlorida Museum of Natural HistoryFlorida Museum of Natural HistoryHost/parasite coevolution, mammalogy, phylogenetics, bioinformatics
RenneRolfPh.D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineOur lab studies how the latency-associated genes of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) contributes to KS and lymphomagenesis. Main emphasis are on LANA and viral microRNAs.
ResnickJamesPh.D.Associate ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineOur lab is interesting in the molecular mechanisms underlying genetic imprinting at the locus responsible for Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes
Rincon-LimasDiegoEPh.D.Assistant ProfessorNeurologyCollege of MedicineDrosophila and cellular models of neurodegenerative diseases, Prion disorders, Alzheimer's disease, ER stress, molecular chaperones
RivaAlbertoAPh.D.Associate ScientistBioinformaticsICBR
RollinsJeffreyAPh.D.Associate ProfessorPlant PathologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesMy program is primarily focused on elucidating the molecular mechanishms underlying pathogenesis and multicellular development in plant pathogenic fungi. Tools of molecular genetics, functional gene analyses, genomics, transcriptomics and microscopy are primarily used.
RomeoTonyPh.D.ProfessorMicrobiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesBacterial global regulatory circuits, RNA-based regulation, molecular genetics of biofilm development
RyanJosephPh.D.Assistant ProfessorWhitney Lab for Marine BioscienceWhitney Lab for Marine BioscienceBioinformatics
SalemiMarcoMPh.D.Associate ProfessorPathology, Immunology and Laboratory MedicineCollege of Medicinevirus evolution and molecular epidemiology
SantosJose EduardoPPh.D., DVMProfessorAnimal SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe lab is focused on understanding how nutrients and hormonal manipulation of the estrous cycle influence establishment and maintenance of pregnancy in dairy cattle
SarkisianMatthewRPh.D.Assistant ProfessorNeuroscienceCollege of MedicineCellular and molecular mechanisms underlying normal and pathogenetic development of the cerebral cortex.
SchatzDesmondAMDProfessor and Associate ChairPediatricsCollege of MedicineEtiology, pathophysiology and prevention of Type 1 diabetes
SchultzGregorySPh.D.ProfessorObstetrics and GynecologyCollege of MedicineThe lab is focused on molecular and cellular regulation of wound healing, including antiscarring therapies and drugs that enhance healing of chronic wounds. Another focus is on rapid, point-of-care diagnostics using surface plasmon resonanace technologies.
ScottEdwardWPh.D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineGene regulation, biology of hematopoietic progenitor cells
SeaverElaineCPh.D.ProfessorWhitney Lab for Marine BioscienceWhitney Lab for Marine BiosciencePatterning in the spiralian embryo and the evolution of identified cells; Regenerative Biology; Neurogenesis; Patterning of the
Semple-RowlandSusanLPh.D.ProfessorNeuroscienceCollege of MedicineThe lab is focused on studies of retinal photoreceptor bilogy and disease. We are currently interested in understanding the biochemical mechanisms controlling light entrainment of photoreceptor clocks.
SessaEmilyBPh.D.Assistant ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesEvolutionary and ecological processes that contribute to plant diversity. In particular, the study of reticulate evolution, including polyploidy/whole genome duplication, hybridization, and
SettlesMarkAPh.D.Associate ProfessorHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe lab uses transposon-tagged seed mutants to study genes and biological processes required for maize seed development. We focus on mutants with unusual inheritance patterns that give insight into the developmental biology of the seed such as maternal-effect mutants or mutants that impact endosperm-embryo interactions. These mutants impact epigenetic regulation and RNA splicing. We are also developing high-throughput methods to characterize seed phenotypes using spectroscopy and optical machine vision approaches.
SitharamMeeraPh.D.Associate ProfessorComputer and Information Science and EngineeringEngineering(Symmetric Macro) Molecular structure, Conformational landscapes, Assembly -- specifically the influence of geometric constraints
SmarttChelseaTPh.D.Associate ProfessorEntomology and NematologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesMolecular biology and biochemistry of disease transmitting mosquitoes. Medical entomology. Gene expression and regulation.
SoltisDouglasEPh.D.Distinguished ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesFloral developmental genetics, angiosperm systematics, genome doubling
SoltisPamelaSPh.D.Distinguished ProfessorFlorida Museum of Natural HistoryFlorida Museum of Natural Historypolyploidy, angiosperm phylogeny, conservation genetics
SongSihongPh.D.Associate ProfessorPharmaceuticsPharmacyThe lab is focused on the development of gene and stem cell based therapies for the treatment of alpha 1 antitrypsin gene deficiency, type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases.
SongWen-YuanPh.D.Assistant ProfessorPlant PathologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesHost-Parasite interactions, plant signal transduction, protein networks
SrivastavaArunPh.D.Professor and Division ChiefPediatricsCollege of MedicineThe laboratory is focused on the following two parvoviruses, the non-pathogenic adeno-associated virus (AAV), and a common human pathogen, the parvovirus B19, and the development of recombinant parvovirus vectors in human gene therapy. The current emphasis is on developing recombinant parvovirus vectors for gene therapy for genetic diseases such as Ìā_Ìâå_-thalassemia and sickle cell disease, and malignant disorders such as hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma.
SwansonMauriceSPh.D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineOur research focuses on the regulation of RNA processing in development and disease.
TabachnickWalterJPh.D.Center Director and ProfessorEntomology and NematologyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesInvestigates genetic and environmental factors that influence the ability of biting arthropods to transmit human and animal arboviruses, including West Nile virus, dengue virus, St. Louis encephalitis virus, bluetongue virus.
TanWeihongPh.D.Distinguished ProfessorChemistryLiberal Arts and SciencesOur research activities are in the area of bioanalytical chemistry, chemical biology, biophysics and biomedical engineering. We are mainly concerned with two major areas of biomedical problems: molecular foundation of cancer and learning and memory studies. We have three areas of research activities: Bionanotechnology: We develop and apply novel nanomaterials for a better understanding of biological phenomena on the nanometer scale. We develop nanomaterial-based new tools (such as functional nanoparticles, nanosensors and nano assemblies) for enhanced biomedical studies; Molecular engineering: We develop molecular probes for advanced bioanalytical applications in living cell studies, in biosensors for a variety of biomarkers, in drug development and in molecular motors for energy creation at the nanometer scale and the conversion of photonic energy into useful forms;
TennantMicheleRPh.D.University LibrarianMLIS, HSC Library/UFGIVP Office for Health AffairsInformation Seeking Behavior; Library Liaison Programs; User Services
TeradaNaohiroM.D., Ph.D.ProfessorPathology, Immunology and Laboratory MedicineCollege of MedicineThe lab is focused on (1) pluripotent stem cell biology and (2) mammalian mitochondrial ATP transporters.
ThaiMyTPh.D.Associate ProfessorComputer and Information Science and EngineeringEngineeringBiological Networks
TibbettsScottPh.D.Associate ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineViral long noncoding RNAs, viral miRNAs, pathogenesis of oncogenic viruses, virus-host interactions.
TothZsoltP.h.DAssistant ProfessorOral BiologyDentistryMy lab investigates how viral transcription factors encoded by Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) can hijack components of the host epigenetic machinery and utilize them to reprogram the viral and host genomes to facilitate lytic reactivation in B cells and lytic replication in oral epithelial cells. The goal of our studies is to determine the nuclear host-pathogen interactions, which are required for KSHV-induced reprogramming of infected cells that are critical for KSHV pathogenesis.
TriplettEricWPh.D.Professor and ChairMicrobiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesGenetic and proteomic analysis of plant colonization by endophytic bacteria;
TurnerPeterCPh.D.Lab ManagerMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicinePoxviruses: virus virulence, as sources of genes of potential therapeutic use, and as vectors
VallejosCarlosEPh.D.Associate ProfessorHorticultural SciencesInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesGenetics of Phaseolus vulgaris; Bean genetics and genomics
VermerrisWilfredPh.D.Associate Professor Microbiology and Cell ScienceInstitute of Food and Agricultural Sciencesplant cell wall chemistry, sorghum breeding and genetics, nanomaterials from plant biomass, biofuels
VulpeChristopherM.D.ProfessorPhysiological SciencesVeterinary Medicine
WalkerClayPh.D.ProfessorOral BiologyDentistryThis lab is focused on antibiotic resistance in bacterial biofilms, namely why a small subpopulation of cells survive very high levels of antibiotics while the majority do not. In addition,we are interested in the relationship between periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis. Major techniques being used are 454 pyrosequencing and DNA microarrays.
WallacePeggyPh.D.ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of Medicine The lab focuses on molecular genetic studies of a number of single-gene and complex traits, predominantly in humans but also in other species to complement the human studies. This includes genomic and gene/locus-specific analysis of DNA sequence and epigenetics, in germline and tumor DNA. Some work extends into culturing tumor cells for cell biology and xenograft experiments, as well as genetics.
WangEricPh.D.Assistant ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineRNA processing, RNA localization, microsatellite repeat diseases, neuromuscular/neurological diseases, myotonic dystrophy
WangGary Ping-ChuanM.D., Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorMedicineCollege of MedicineHIV, HCV, viral evolution, drug resistance
WangJianpingPh.D.Assistant ProfessorAgronomyInstitute of Food and Agricultural SciencesThe lab is focused on identifying the genetic components underling the agronomically and economically important traits of biofuel (sugarcane and elephant grass) and row crops (peanut) and understanding the molecular functions of the identified genetic components in the plant system. The targeted characters of biofuel crops include the plant architecture, sugar/fiber conversion, cell wall thickness, cell wall composition, abiotic and biotic stress tolerance. Of the row crops, disease resistance and drought tolerance are the major research foci. A multidiscipline approach integrating cutting edge genomics, bioinformatics, forward and reverse genetics, molecular biology, and breeding is employed in the research program.
WayneMartaLPh.D.ProfessorBiologyLiberal Arts and SciencesThe unifying theme of the lab is explaining the maintenance of genetic variation in natural populations. While genetic variation is contributed constantly by mutation, it is also constantly removed by natural selection, and by sampling processes such as genetic drift. Thus, the variation that we see when we go out into nature must be the outcome of an interaction among these forces. We use quantitative and population genetics and genomics to address this question, primarily in Drosophila melanogaster and its parasite sigma virus, but also in monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus).
WilliamsCharlesAM.D.sProfessorPediatricsCollege of MedicineNeurogenetics, brain malformations, Angelman syndrome, Autism, Birth Defects, Chromosome disorders, Microdeletion syndromes
WilliamsNorrisAPh.D.CuratorFlorida Museum of Natural HistoryFlorida Museum of Natural HistoryPhylogenetics of Orchidaceae
WoodCharlesEPh.D.Professor and ChairPhysiology and Functional GenomicsCollege of MedicineFetal development/fetal stress/prematurity
WuDapeng OliverPh.D.ProfessorElectrical and Computer EngineeringEngineering
WuLiziPh.D.Assistant ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineSignal transduction, mouse models, cancer therapeutics
XiaoRuiPh.D.Assistant ProfessorAging and Geriatric ResearchCollege of Medicine
XieMingyiPh.D.Assistant ProfessorMolecular Biophysics and BiochemistryCollege of MedicineNon-coding RNA-regulated gene expression, RNA-processing
YangThomasPPh.D.ProfessorBiochemistry and Molecular BiologyCollege of MedicineEpigenetic regulation of transcription; X chromosome inactivation; genomic imprinting; DNA methylation; chromatin structure
ZhaoJinyingMD, Ph.D.Professor and DirectorEpidemiology College of Public Health and Health Professions Genetic epidemiology and statistical genetics for human complex diseases
ZhouLeiPh.D.Associate ProfessorMolecular Genetics and MicrobiologyCollege of MedicineThe lab is focused on understanding how cell suicide (apoptosis) is initiated in oncogenic cells or in cells infected by viruses.
ZolotukhinSergeiPh.D.Associate ProfessorPediatricsCollege of MedicinerAAV vectors, gene therapy approaches to treat obesity using neurocytokines
ZoriRobertoTMD.Professor and ChiefPediatricsCollege of MedicineMedical Genetics, Medical Cytogenetics