Grad Openings

The following Molecular Genetics and Microbiology graduate faculty members are currently accepting rotation students and new graduate students into their research programs. (Updated May 18, 2018)

 

David C. Bloom, Ph.D.
Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Immunology/Microbiology, Genetics, Neurosciences
Molecular regulation of Herpes Simplex Virus latent infections and the development of novel therapies for the treatment of recurrent herpetic disease.
http://mgm.ufl.edu/faculty/faculty-home-pages/david-c-bloom-p-h-d/

Ashley Brown, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Immunology/Microbiology, Biochemistry
Use specialized model systems to optimize antiviral therapy against several medically important viruses including Zika virus, influenza virus, chikungunya virus, dengue virus, and hepatitis C virus.
https://youtu.be/M53BOsmEQcI

Josephine Clark-Curtiss, Ph.D.
Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Immunology/Microbiology, Biochemistry
Development of an effective vaccine against tuberculosis using recombinant attenuated Salmonella vaccine delivery systems producing Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens.
Understanding mechanisms of M. tuberculosis pathogenesis through (a) analyses of M. tuberculosis gene expression, (b) identification of operational metabolic pathways during growth of the bacilli in human macrophages and dendritic cells and (c) analyses of regulation of gene expression.
http://www.epi.ufl.edu/people/faculty-profiles/josephine-e-clark-curtiss/
http://id.medicine.ufl.edu/sample-page/faculty/josephine-e-clark-curtiss/

Philip A. Efron, M.D.
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Immunology/Microbiology, Genetics
Dr. Efron studies sepsis, trauma, and inflammation, with focuses on transcriptomics, epigenetics, aging, the microbiome and innate immunity.  He performs basic science (including rodent models), translational and outcomes research regarding critically ill patients.
https://surgery.med.ufl.edu/research/inflammation-biology-and-surgical-science/philip-efron-md/
https://ufhealth.org/philip-alexander-efron/research

Henry Heine, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Immunology/Microbiology, Biochemistry
Use of animal model systems for evaluation of therapeutics against potential biowarfare/bioterrorism bacterial pathogens to include, B. anthracis, Y. pestis, F. tularensis Burkholderia mallei and Burkholderia pseudomallei
http://iti.medicine.ufl.edu/

Peter B. Kang, M.D.
Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Genetics, Neuroscience
My laboratory focuses on the genetics of muscular dystrophy and investigations of disease mechanisms for rare muscle diseases.
http://research.pediatrics.med.ufl.edu/researchers/research-faculty/peter-kang/

Stephanie Karst, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Immunology/Microbiology
My lab studies norovirus pathogenesis, with a particular emphasis on understanding how the intestinal microbiota influence viral infection and the antiviral immune response.
http://mgm.ufl.edu/faculty/faculty-home-pages/karst-stephanie/

Lauren McIntyre, Ph.D.
Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Genetics
In order to better understand complex phenotypes, Dr. McIntyre is developing a systems approach to the statistical analysis of genomic, proteomic, and other “omic” data. The program is computational and highly collaborative with experimental groups with expertise in Drosophila, Staphylococcus aureus, and diabetes. We seek to answer fundamental questions about how genetic variation influences variation in phenotype.
https://scholar.google.nl/citations?hl=en&user=pwz3E48AAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

Borna Mehrad, M.D.
Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Immunology/Microbiology
Our lab studies mechanisms of lung immune response and repair in the context of infectious and non-infectious injury.
http://pulmonary.medicine.ufl.edu/research/mehrad-lab/

Herbert P. Schweizer, Ph.D.
Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Immunology/Microbiology
My lab studies antimicrobial resistance mechanisms in Gram-negative bacteria.
http://mgm.ufl.edu/faculty/faculty-home-pages/schweizer-herbert-p/

Arun Srivastava, Ph.D.
Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Genetics, Biochemistry
The main area of focus of my laboratory is on the basic molecular biology of the adeno-associated virus (AAV) as well as on the development of the next generation of recombinant AAV vectors. The current emphasis is on the potential gene therapy/gene editing of genetic diseases such as beta-thalassemia and sickle cell disease, and gene therapy of malignant disorders such as hepatoblastoma and hepatocellular carcinoma.
http://research.pediatrics.med.ufl.edu/researchers/research-faculty/arun-srivastava/

Maurice Swanson, Ph.D.
Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Genetics, Neuroscience
A major objective of our research group is to address the question of how RNA processing is regulated during mammalian embryonic, fetal and postnatal development and how this regulation is disrupted in neurological disease, particularly in microsatellite expansion disorders. Our primary experimental system is the mouse and we have generated a number of knockout, knockin and transgenic lines to investigate the roles of specific RNA-binding proteins and RNA mis-processing in disease pathogenesis.
http://neurogenetics.med.ufl.edu/faculty/dr-maurice-swanson/

Scott Tibbetts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Immunology/Microbiology, Cancer, Genetics
The function of noncoding RNAs in the pathogenesis of tumor viruses, virus-host interactions, gammaherpesviruses, host immunity to viruses, viral latency.
http://mgm.ufl.edu/faculty/faculty-home-pages/tibbetts-scott-a/

Lizi Wu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Genetics, Cancer Biology
We are studying aberrant cancer cell signaling with the goals of gaining molecular insights into cancer pathogenesis and identifying novel cancer diagnostic and therapeutic targets.
http://mgm.ufl.edu/faculty/faculty-home-pages/wu-lizi/

Lei Zhou, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Genetics, Cancer Biology,
Apoptosis, a genetically controlled form of cellular suicide, plays important role in animal development as well as in diseases such as cancer and auto-immune diseases.  My lab studies how pro-apoptotic  genes are activated in response to cellular stresses, and how epigenetic mechanisms control cellular sensitivity to stress-induced cell death.  Another related interest of ours is to understand the mechanisms underlying chronically elevated innate immunity in aged animals.
http://mgm.ufl.edu/faculty/faculty-home-pages/zhou-lei/