Video Spotlights

John D. Ash, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Center for Vision Research

Dr. John Ash is an ocular cell biologist whose research is focused on both understanding the cause of blindness due to retinal degeneration and developing therapies to prevent loss of sight.

Sara Jo Nixon, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Center for Addiction Research & Education

Dr. Sara Jo Nixon is a neuropsychologist who uses comprehensive behavioral assessments to study cognitive, psychological and social concomitants of substance abuse.

Olga Guryanova, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
UF Health Cancer Center

Dr. Olga Guryanova is a molecular biologist who studies the relationship between epigenetic and chromatin organization in the setting of normal, pre-malignant, and leukemic hematopoiesis.

Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Neuroscience
McKnight Brain Institute

Dr. Jennifer Bizon is a neurobiologist who studies the molecular mechanisms of cognitive aging.

David Bloom, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Powell Gene Therapy Center

Dr. David Bloom is a virologist who is developing novel therapies to treat Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) by modifying proteins that regulate latency and activation in the HSV genome.

Jorg Bungert, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
UF Genetics Institute

Dr. Jorg Bungert is a molecular geneticist who studies the regulation of human b-globin genes and develops methods for enhancing globin gene transcription in red blood cells.

Adam J. Woods, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory
McKnight Brain Institute

Dr. Adam J. Woods is a cognitive neuroscientist who combines multimodal neuroimaging and neurostimulation techniques to counteract the effects of aging on cognitive function.

Sara Burke, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
McKnight Brain Institute

Dr. Sara Burke is a neurophysiologist who studies how aging impacts communication across brain areas that are critical for adaptive behaviors leading to age-related memory loss.

Shannon Boye, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
Center for Vision Research

Dr. Shannon Boye is a molecular geneticist who develops viral vector-based gene replacement strategies for the treatment of inherited ocular disease.

Brian Hoh, M.D.

Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
McKnight Brain Institute

Dr. Brian Hoh is a neurosurgeon who researches the biologic mechanisms of brain aneurysm formation and rupture and uses tissue engineering technology to improve brain aneurysm treatment.

Ashley Brown, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Institute for Therapeutic Innovation

Dr. Ashley Brown is a virologist who uses mathematical modeling to develop and optimize innovative treatments for viral pathogens such as influenza, HIV, hepatitis C, dengue and chikungunya.

Nicholas Muzyczka, Ph.D.

Eminent Scholar, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Powell Gene Therapy Center

Dr. Nicholas Muzyczka is a molecular geneticist who develops recombinant viral vectors for gene therapy.

Mattia Prosperi, M.Eng, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
HiPerGator – the University of Florida Super Computer

Dr. Mattia Prosperi is a computer science engineer who uses ‘big data science’ to develop precision medicine models and methods.

Karyn Esser, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Physiology & Functional Genomics
Myology Institute

Dr. Esser is a muscle physiologist who studies the role of circadian rhythms and the molecular clock mechanism in skeletal muscle homeostasis and health.

Edgardo Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease

Dr. Edgardo Rodriguez is a neurobiologist who is developing gene-based therapies to treat neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease.

Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy

Dr. Duane Mitchell is a neuro-oncologist who is developing therapies that stimulate immune responses against malignant brain tumor cells.

Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
McKnight Brain Institute

Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna is a biophysicist/virologist who studies the structural biology of viruses and uses a multidisciplinary approach to development gene therapy for viral diseases.

David A. Ostrov, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
Center for NeuroGenetics

Dr. David Ostrov is a structural biologist who uses x-ray crystallography to identify sites on proteins that are suitable targets for drug delivery.

Habibeh Khoshbouei, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
Center for Addiction Research & Education

Dr. Habibeh Khoshbouei is a neuroscientist who studies how alterations in dopamine signaling lead to addiction, neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Eric Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Center for NeuroGenetics

Dr. Eric Wang is a molecular biologist who uses deep sequencing technologies to study the role of RNA regulation in myotonic dystrophy.