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 celebrating each of our new PhDs.
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.