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 February 1, 2018)

 

Sumita Bhaduri-McIntosh, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Immunology/Microbiology, Genetics
Research in my laboratory is focused on discovering fundamental biological pathways and understanding cancer development and progression by studying the interaction between Epstein-Barr virus (EBV; a cancer-causing virus in humans) and its host, the B cell, by investigating 2 main areas: 1) investigating how EBV subverts anti-pathogen and anti-cancer barriers such as immune responses and DNA-damage response (DDR) to drive B cell proliferation and transformation, and 2) identifying host factors that determine susceptibility of EBV-infected B cells to lytic activation, a process important for herpesvirus persistence in humans, and for lymphomagenesis.
http://research.pediatrics.med.ufl.edu/researchers/research-faculty/sumita-bhaduri-mcintosh-ph-d/

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/

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/

Christina A. Pacak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Genetics, Biochemistry
My laboratory is interested in disorders that affect mitochondrial function. We are developing therapies to treat these disorders and investigating their underlying mechanisms.
http://research.pediatrics.med.ufl.edu/researchers/research-faculty/christina-pacak/

Laura Ranum, Ph.D.
Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Genetics, Neuroscience
The Ranum lab uses human and mouse molecular genetic strategies to understand the causes and to develop therapies for neurodegenerative diseases. A major focus of our lab is to understand the effects of mutant RNAs and unexpected repeat-associated non-AUG (RAN) proteins that are produced in diseases caused by repeat expansion mutations. Insights from our basic research discoveries on RNA and RAN mechanisms are being used to develop therapeutic approaches for several of these diseases including: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), myotonic muscular dystrophy (DM1 and DM2) and spinocerebellar ataxias (SCA8).
http://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/

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/

Amy Y Vittor, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Concentration Affiliations:
Immunology/Microbiology
I study the drivers of arboviral emergence, including factors such as deforestation, climate, but also host as it affects susceptibility to new arboviral infections. To this end, I conduct epidemiological research in locations such as the Darien in Panama, and delve into host-pathogen interactions on the bench to explain findings in the field.
http://id.medicine.ufl.edu/research/drivers-of-emergence-of-arboviral-diseases/

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/