Join us in celebrating our graduates The UF College of medicine Doctor of Philosophy grads 2020
Join us in celebrating our graduates with a personalized, online ceremony recognizing each of our new PhDs.
The UF College of Medicine will celebrate its doctoral and master’s degree graduates with a virtual commencement ceremony Dec. 18 at 6 p.m.
MEET OUR PHD GRADUATES
Mentor: Dr. Robert McKenna
Mentor: Dr. Laurence Morel
Mentor: Dr. Catherine Flores
Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Stabler Anderson
Mentor: Dr. Kevin Folta
Mentor: Dr. Eric Vitriol
Mentor: Dr. Olga Guryanova
FACES OF UF MED
PhD graduate Josephine Michelle Brown was among those highlighted during the first annual Mentor-Match celebration in 2017.
PhD graduate Bayli DiVita Dean was highlighted as one of the many graduate students who presented their work at the UF College of Medicine’s annual Research Poster Session in 2019.
The UF College of Medicine celebrated its doctoral and master’s degree graduates with a virtual ceremony Aug. 14.
MEET OUR PHD GRADUATES
Mentor: Dr. Mark Atkinson | Thesis: Type 1 Diabetes Prevention: A Novel Combinatorial Therapy Utilizing Immune Depletion with Induction of Oral Tolerance to Proinsulin
Mentor: Dr. David Bloom | Thesis: Defining Herpes Simplex Virus 1 Latency One Cell at a Time
Mentor: Dr. Barry Setlow and Dr. Jennifer Bizon | Thesis: Effects of Dopamine on Risky Decision Making
Mentor: Dr. Shuang Huang | Thesis: The Impact of Long and Short Wnt5A Isoforms in Ovarian Cancer
Mentor: Dr. Gordon Mitchell and Dr. Elisa Gonzalez-Roth | Thesis: Serotonergic Innervation of Respiratory and Non-Respiratory Motor Nuclei after Cervical Spinal Cord Injury
Mentor: Dr. Dorina Avram | Thesis: Bcl11b in the Control of Regulatory T and Mucosal Associated Invariant T Cell Programs
Mentor: Dr. Jörg Bungert | Thesis: The Role of Enhancer RNA and Integrator in Locus Control Region Mediated Regulation of Beta Globin Gene Expression
Mentor: Dr. Paramita Chakrabarty and Dr. Jada Lewis | Thesis: Investigating How Tau Alters the Brain in Alzheimer’s Amyloidosis Mouse Models and Wild Type Mice
Mentor: Dr. Robert Burne | Thesis: Investigation of Probiotic Mechanisms of Action of Streptococcus Sp. A12
Mentor: Dr. Shannon Boye | Thesis: Biophysical Characterization of AAV2-Based Capsid Mutants Exhibiting Increased Retinal Transduction following Intravitreal Injection, and Quantification of Aggregation Prevention as a Function of Vector Formulation
Mentor: Dr. Lynn Rill and Dr. Manuel Arreola | Thesis: Investigating Patient Skin and Eye Lens Radiation Dose during Endovascular Neurosurgery Procedures
Mentor: Dr. Chenglong Li | Thesis: Biochemical, Biophysical, Structural and Cellular Studies of Protein-Ligand Interaction: Insights on Early Drug Discovery Targeting PRMT5 and TEAD2
Mentor: Dr. Steven Munger | Thesis: The Behavioral and Neuroanatomical Basis of GC-D-Dependent Odor Learning
Mentor: Dr. Dorina Avram | Thesis: An Emerging Role for Hectd3 in the Prevention of Inflammation and Malignancy in the Gut via Ubiquitination of Master Regulators of Innate Immunity
FACES OF UF MED
PhD graduate Kyulim Lee was among those who competed in the 2019 Medical Guild Graduate Research Symposium.
PhD graduate Enrico Barrozo was among those who competed in the 2017 Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition, which was designed to support students in developing research communication skills.
Shelby Blaes was highlighted as a McKnight Brain Institute rising star for her research, which focuses on understanding the neurobiology of substance use disorders, specifically how they affect risky decision-making, to guide in the development of better therapeutic techniques for patients battling addiction.
Olivia Bailey, who studied immunology and microbiology, was highlighted as one of only a handful of predoctoral fellows in the UF College of Medicine.
Kyulim Lee, who studied immunology and microbiology, was highlighted as one of only a handful of predoctoral fellows in the UF College of Medicine.
Dear class of 2020 graduates,
I join with you today in celebrating and recognizing the successful completion of your academic studies, which has earned you a doctoral degree! The journey has been a remarkable one, and the scientific knowledge and training you have received during your graduate studies will undoubtedly open up new opportunities in your future career paths and empower you to benefit and enrich the lives of others.
To earn a doctoral degree in the demanding fields of the medical sciences requires commitment, years of hard work and great sacrifice. That is why I ask you to never forget, and please stay connected with, those who helped and supported you through this years-long effort: your family, friends, fellow students, and faculty. I am proud to have you as a lifelong member of our Gator Family. Congratulations on reaching this important milestone, and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!
With respect and admiration,
Thomas C. Rowe, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Joseph A. Tyndall, M.D., shares a special message with the UF College of Medicine's newly minted PhDs.
UF President Kent Fuchs and pro athlete and Gator great Thaddeus Bullard (aka Titus O'Neil) share words of congratulations with graduates of the class of 2020.
A virtual ceremony
See the graduates of the class of 2020.
Meet our PhD graduates
Mentor: Dr. Edward Chan | Thesis: The Role of Inosine Monophosphate Dehydrogenase Filaments in Cell Biology
Mentor: Dr. Aysegul Gunduz | Thesis: Reward Processing and Impulsivity in Parkinson’s Disease
Mentor: Dr. Dietmar Siemann | Thesis: The Role of Cathepsin Inhibition in Osteosarcoma Metastasis
Mentor: Dr. Dorina Avram | Thesis: E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Hectd3 Acts as a Novel Tumor Suppressor in Colon Cancer by Regulating Essential Oncogenic Pathways
Mentor: Dr. David Tran and Dr. Dietmar Siemann | Thesis: Pglyrp3, a Novel Critical Regulator of Breast Cancer Development and Metastasis
Mentor: Dr. Todd Brusko and Dr. Mark Atkinson | Thesis: Insulin-Like Growth Factors as Biomarkers with Immunological Impacts on the Development of Type 1 Diabetes
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Foster | Thesis: Hippocampal Subregion Transcriptomic Profiles Reflect Strategy Selection during Cognitive Aging
Mentor: Dr. Benoit Giasson | Thesis: Truncation of Alpha-Synuclein: Implications for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Mentor: Dr. Mark Atkinson | Thesis: Genetic Associations Driving Altered Innate Responses, Islet Autoantibody Persistence, and Residual Beta Cell Function in Type 1 Diabetes
Faces of UF Med
PhD graduates John Calise, Robert Eisinger and Melanie Shapiro were among those who competed in the 2018 Medical Guild Graduate Research Symposium.
PhD graduate John Calise was part of a committee that organized the second annual Distinguished Lecture Series in 2019, which aims to bring internationally renowned scientists to campus.
PhD graduates Mat Sebastian, John Calise and Andrea Lin were among those who competed in the 2019 Medical Guild Graduate Research Symposium.
Shapiro, who studied immunology and microbiology, was highlighted as one of only a handful of predoctoral fellows in the UF College of Medicine.
Sebastian, who studied molecular cell biology, was highlighted as one of only a handful of predoctoral fellows in the UF College of Medicine.
Calise, who studied molecular cell biology, was highlighted as one of only a handful of predoctoral fellows in the UF College of Medicine.