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 August 16, 2019)

 

Andrew J. Bryant, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Immunology/Microbiology, Physiology
Myeloid cell regulation of pulmonary vascular disease using preclinical and clinical models of disease including chronic hypoxia exposure and pulmonary fibrosis.
https://pulmonary.medicine.ufl.edu/research/bryant-lab/

 

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/

 

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/

 

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/

 

Laura P.W. Ranum, Ph.D.
Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Genetics, Neuroscience
We use gene discovery and mouse models to understand the molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases. In 2011 we discovered a novel form of protein translation in which repeat expansion mutations express proteins in all three reading frames without the canonical AUG start codon. These repeat associated non-ATG (RAN) proteins have now been reported in a growing number of neurological diseases and we are focused on understanding the mechanisms of RAN translation and developing therapeutic strategies to target these toxic proteins as a therapeutic strategy for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), myotonic dystrophy, spinocerebellar ataxia and other repeat expansion disorders.
https://neurogenetics.med.ufl.edu/faculty/dr-laura-p-w-ranum/

 

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/

 

Eric Wang
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, & Genetics and Genomics
RNA processing, localization, and local translation in muscle and neurons. Microsatellite repeat expansion diseases including myotonic dystrophy and C9ALS/FTD. Therapeutic development and biomarker discovery to support clinical trials.
http://mgm.ufl.edu/faculty/faculty-home-pages/wang-eric/
 
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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/