Current Scholars

Getting-to-Know-You-Guide-2023-2024

Class of MD – Year 1

Julia F Bruner

Julia F Bruner

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Mailing Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
Gainesville FL 32603
Dominic Demeterfi

Dominic Demeterfi

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Mailing Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Sasank S Desaraju

Sasank S Desaraju

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Mailing Address:
Ste. CG 72
1249 Center Drive
Gainesville FL 32603
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Education:
  • 2021-2023
    M.S. Biomedical Engineering
    University of Florida
  • 2017-2021
    B.A. Mathematics
    University of Florida
  • 2017-2021
    B.S. Physics
    University of Florida
Ryan W Gamberino

Ryan W Gamberino

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Mailing Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Dea’vion Godfrey

Dea’vion Godfrey

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Mailing Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Physical Address:
1249 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Marcus Hunter

Marcus Hunter

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Gitanjali Lakshminarayanan

Gitanjali Lakshminarayanan

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Ki Yoon Nam

Ki Yoon Nam

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Bo Peng

Bo Peng

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Kamilah Roca-Datzer

Kamilah Roca-Datzer

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Angela Shar

Angela Shar

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 544-9926
Mailing Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Physical Address:
1246 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603

Class of MD – Year 2

Conner D Angelle

Conner D Angelle

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive Ste CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Publications:
Chance R Fleeting

Chance R Fleeting

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Physical Address:
1249 Center Dr Ste CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Publications:
Education:
  • 2022-2030
    MD-PhD Candidate
    University of Florida
  • 2015-2019
    BSE Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry minor
    Duke University, Pratt School of Engineering
  • 2015-2019
    BSE, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Duke University, Pratt School of Engineering
Tran B Ngo

Tran B Ngo

Department: PV-MCNAIR GRADUATE ASST PROG
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive Ste CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Publications:
Education:
  • 2016-2020
    Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
    University of Florida
Hunter Shepherd

Hunter Shepherd

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive Ste CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Education:
  • 2016-2022
    Bachelor of Science
    Brigham Young University – Idaho
Sarah M Tatum

Sarah M Tatum

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Mailing Address:
1249 Center Drive Ste CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive Ste CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Haley Wilt

Haley Wilt

Department: MD-ED AFFR-STUDENT AFFAIRS
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100216
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
PO Box 100216
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Delaney D Ding

Delaney D Ding

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Physical Address:
4th Floor CTRB
2004 Mowry Road
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Class of PhD – Year 1

Chadwin O L Hanna

Chadwin O L Hanna

Department: MD-NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY
Mailing Address:
Po BOX 100265
Department of Neurosurgery
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1329 SW 16TH ST STE 3150
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Cali Love

Cali Love

Department: Department of Neuroscience
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100219
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1149 NEWELL DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Cali Love received her undergraduate degrees of Neurobiology and English from Georgetown University. While there, her research focused around two projects: deep brain stimulation as treatment for Alzheimer’s, and pediatric strokes, largely how the brain responds to the decrease in brain real estate that follows perinatal stroke. She also worked with patients at pediatric headache clinic in managing their longitudinal symptoms, and ran a student program called Georgetown Scholars that worked to support first-generation and low-income students like herself through their degrees. She joined the MD/PhD program at UF in 2021 with a continued curiosity in neuroscience and pediatrics. Currently, she is working on her PhD with Dr. Catherine Flores and Dr. Duane Mitchell, looking at adoptive cellular therapy treatments for glioblastoma and other brain cancers. Her interests include clinical and translational neurogenetics, immunotherapy, and pediatric medicine.

Stephen C Michel

Stephen C Michel

Department: EG-BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100219
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1275 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Jessica E Molina

Jessica E Molina

Department: EG-BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Mailing Address:
PO Box 116131
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1275 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Miranda Reid

Miranda Reid

Department: MD-HOBI-GENERAL
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100219
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2004 MOWRY RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Jeff Arni C Valisno

Jeff Arni C Valisno

Department: MD-SURGERY-VASCULAR
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100244
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1600 SW ARCHER RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Education:
  • 2015-2019
    Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Boston University
Trey P Dalton

Trey P Dalton

Department: EG-BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Mailing Address:
PO Box 116131
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1275 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Karla Y Ganley

Karla Y Ganley

Department: LS-ANTHROPOLOGY-GENERAL
Mailing Address:
PO Box 117305
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Physical Address:
1112 Turlington Hall
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Alex C Adolphson

Alex C Adolphson

Department: EG-BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Mailing Address:
PO Box 116131
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
PO Box 116131
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Class of PhD – Year 2

Jack Figg

Jack Figg

Department: MD-NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY
Phone: (352) 273-9000
Mailing Address:
PO BOX 100265
Department of Neurosurgery
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
PO Box 100265
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Julian Mark

Julian Mark

Department: Department of Neuroscience
Phone: (610) 653-6060
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100219
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1700 SW 16TH CT APT E1
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Caretia J Washington

Caretia J Washington

Department: Department of Epidemiology
Phone: (318) 918-0115
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100213
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2004 MOWRY RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Accomplishments:
  • PA-29-166 Diversity Supplement
    2023-2025 · National Cancer Institute
  • Clinical and Translational Science Program
    2023-2025 · University of Florida
Research Interests:
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Community-based health interventions
  • Health Disparities
Publications:
Anna F Fusco

Anna F Fusco

Department: HP-PHYSICAL THERAPY
Phone: (352) 273-6085
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100154
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1225 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Maegan A Cremer

Maegan A Cremer

Department: EG-BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Phone: (352) 273-9222
Mailing Address:
PO Box 116131
1275 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
FL
1275 CENTER DRIVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Stephan Quintin

Stephan Quintin

Department: HH-APK-ADMINISTRATION
Phone: (850) 226-2042
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100219
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Publications:
Scott A Cohen

Scott A Cohen MPH, CPH

Department: Department of Epidemiology
Phone: (352) 273-5468
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100231
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2004 MOWRY RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Certifications:
  • Certified in Public Health (CPH)
    National Board of Public Health Examiners
Research Interests:
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Causal inference
  • Infectious disease epidemiology
Publications:
Patents:
  • Published November 2021
    Biomarker Panel for Sepsis Encephalopathy
    #US-2022-0317135A1
Education:
  • 2020
    MPH in Epidemiology
    University of Florida
  • 2016
    BS in Microbiology | Nutritional Sciences
    University of Florida

Class of PhD – Year 3

Aditya D Mahadevan

Aditya D Mahadevan

Department: Department of Physiology and Aging
Phone: (904) 710-7849
Mailing Address:
1600 SW ARCHER RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Accomplishments:
  • Top Poster Presenter Award
    2023 · Association for Clinical and Translational Science, 2023 Translational Science Conference
  • Integrated Data Repository Voucher Awardee
    2022 · University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • TL1 Predoctoral Fellowship Awardee
    2022 · NIH-NCATS/University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Clinical Interests:
  • Congenital heart defect – corrective surgery
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Fetal development
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
  • Intrauterine growth restriction
  • Macrosomia
  • Placental insufficiency
  • Preeclampsia
  • Stillbirth
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Truncus arteriosus
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
Chloe L Warpinski

Chloe L Warpinski

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Mailing Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Grants:
  • Aug 2023 ACTIVE
    Ethnographic investigation of factors affecting conceptualization and provision of social prescribing in outpatient primary care clinics in the United States
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIMHD · Principal Investigator

Class of PhD – Year 4+

Katelyn E Flaherty

Katelyn E Flaherty

Department: Department of Emergency Medicine
Phone: (352) 294-8336
Mailing Address:
STE CG 72
1249 Center Drive
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Physical Address:
STE CG 72
1249 Center Drive
GAINESVILLE FL 32603

As a future physician-scientist training in public health, Katelyn is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between institutional and community medicine. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emory University, she joined the University of Florida MD PhD Training Program in 2018. She completed her preclinical education at University of Florida College of Medicine and passed Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam. She is currently appointed as a Graduate Assistant in both the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Department of Environmental and Global Health. Her research goals are to evaluate and to improve prehospital care in low-resource communities. She specializes in global implementation science and recently earned a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship to support her work in Ghana.

Research Interests:
  • Global Health
  • Implementation Science
  • Pre-hospital Care
Grants:
  • Sep 2021 – May 2023
    Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad 2021
    US DEPT OF EDU FULBRIGHT-HAYS · Project Manager
Connor P Francis

Connor P Francis

Department: MD-NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY
Phone: (352) 294-5273
Mailing Address:
PO BOX 100265
DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSURGERY
GAINESVILLE FL 326100265
Physical Address:
1600 SW ARCHER RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jul 2021 ACTIVE
    F30 (Francis) Thymic PD-1 blockade mediates the anti-tumor immune response in pediatric high-grade glioma
    NATL INST OF HLTH NCI · Principal Investigator
Kelly B Kirkpatrick

Kelly B Kirkpatrick

Department: Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Phone: (352) 273-8214
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100266
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
Attn: Renne Lab
ARB, 1200 Newell Dr
GAINESVILLE FL 32605
Education:
  • 2013-2017
    Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
Phillip M Mackie

Phillip M Mackie

Department: Department of Neuroscience
Phone: (352) 273-8700
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100219
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1149 NEWELL DRIVE BLDG 59 L4-151
GAINESVILLE FL 326110001
Publications:
Grants:
  • May 2023 ACTIVE
    Investigating the role of myenteric macrophages in enteric synucleinopathy
    NATL INST OF HLTH NINDS · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2021 ACTIVE
    Alachua County Community Agency Partnership Program (CAPP)
    UF FOUNDATION · Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator
Amy M Peiper

Amy M Peiper

Department: Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Phone: (352) 273-5536
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100266
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1200 NEWELL DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Grants:
  • May 2023 ACTIVE
    The Role of Norovirus Interactions with the Epithelial Barrier in Acute Gastroenteritis
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIAID · Principal Investigator
Kartik Motwani

Kartik Motwani

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Mailing Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Physical Address:
1249 Center Drive STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Publications:
Grants:
  • Jul 2020 – Oct 2021
    Patient Services Expansion at UF Equal Access Clinic Network
    UF FOUNDATION · Principal Investigator
  • Mar 2020 – Sep 2021
    EQUAL ACCESS CLINIC NETWORK PEDIATRIC EXPANSION PROGRAM
    CHILDRENS TRUST OF ALACHUA COUNTY · Principal Investigator
  • Oct 2019 – Sep 2021
    Neutrophil Infiltration in Coiled Aneurysm Healing
    BRAIN ANEURYSM FOU · Co-Investigator
  • Oct 2018 – Sep 2019
    Osteopontin-mediated Cerebral Aneurysm Healing: Th2 Cell Activation
    BRAIN ANEURYSM FOU · Co-Investigator
Daniel Stribling

Daniel Stribling

Department: Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
Phone: (352) 294-8945
Email: ds@ufl.edu
Mailing Address:
PO BOX 103633
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2033 MOWRY RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Accomplishments:
  • UFHCC Predoctoral Award
    2021 · UF Health Cancer Center
  • UFII Graduate Fellowship
    2020-2022 · UF Informatics Institute

Class of MD – Year 3

Miles E Cameron

Miles E Cameron

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8336
Mailing Address:
1249 Center Dr Ste CG72
MD-PhD
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Physical Address:
1249 CENTER DR STE CG72
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Research Interests:
  • Cancer Cachexia
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer Biology
Publications:
Education:
  • 2017
    Bachelor of Science
    University of South Florida
  • 2014
    Bachelor of Music
    McGill University
Binh K Nguyen

Binh K Nguyen

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Mailing Address:
1249 CENTER DR STE CG72
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1249 CENTER DR STE CG72
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Puchong Thirawatananond

Puchong Thirawatananond

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Mailing Address:
1249 CENTER DR STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Physical Address:
1249 CENTER DR STE CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Grants:
  • May 2021 ACTIVE
    Generation of Islet Specific T Follicular Regulatory Like Cells for Autologous Cell Therapy of Type 1 Diabetes
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2014
    Bachelor of Science (Molecular and Cellular Biology)
    Johns Hopkins University
Yara N Skaf

Yara N Skaf

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8333
Mailing Address:
1249 CENTER DR STE CG72
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1249 CENTER DR STE CG72
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Research Interests:
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Computational biology
  • Mathematical data science
  • Topological Data Analysis (TDA)
Education:
  • 2011-2016
    B.S.
    University of Pittsburgh
Frederick J Ashby

Frederick J Ashby

MD-PhD Candidate
Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 273-8700
Mailing Address:
2004 MOWRY RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2004 MOWRY RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Education:
  • 2016
    Master's in Public Health (Policy & Management)
    University of Florida
  • 2015
    Bachelor's in Science (Microbiology & Cell Sciences / Bioinformatics)
    University of Florida

Class of MD – Year 4

Rebecca R Henderson

Rebecca R Henderson

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (267) 257-0220
Mailing Address:
PO Box 117305
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Physical Address:
Florida
507 NW 29th Rd Apt 319
Gainesville FL 32607
Grants:
  • Sep 2019 – Aug 2021
    Doctoral Dissertation Research: Knowledge, Practice, and Clinical Experiences of Oncology in Haiti
    NATL SCIENCE FOU · Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator
  • May 2019 – May 2021
    Henderson, Rebecca–Lambda Alpha Graduate Research Grant
    LAMBDA ALPHA · Principal Investigator
Emily W Helm

Emily W Helm

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 273-5536
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100424
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1200 NEWELL DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Grants:
  • Aug 2020 ACTIVE
    Using a novel neonatal mouse model to determine mechanisms of norovirus-induced disease
    NATL INST OF HLTH NIAID · Principal Investigator
Elizabeth M Goldberg

Elizabeth M Goldberg

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8336
Physical Address:
1249 Center Dr Ste CG 72
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Leanne Dumeny

Leanne Dumeny

Department: MD-ANACLERIO LEARNING CENTER
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100281
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1601 SW ARCHER RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32608

Dr. Dumeny is an MD/PhD student at the University of Florida. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and an MS in Management. She has completed a PhD in Genetics and Genomics with a focus in cardiovascular precision medicine and pharmacogenomics.

Her research interests include improving the diversity of clinical research and clinical trials and improving access to precision medicine.

Research Summary:

Research interests include cardiovascular drug pharmacogenomics and the biological mechanisms behind both disease development and drug response in heart failure.

Research Interests:
  • Clinical Trial Interventions
  • Implementation Science
  • Palliative Care
  • Precision Medicine
  • Precision Public Health
Grants:
  • Aug 2020 – Jan 2022
    Identifying Predictors of Spironolactone Response in Patients with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
    NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2016-2021
    Ph.D: Genetics and Genomics
    University of Florida
  • 2014
    MD: Doctor of Medicine
    University of Florida
  • 2013-2014
    MSM: Management
    University of Florida
  • 2011-2013
    BS: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    University of Florida
Chu J Hsiao

Chu J Hsiao

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (925) 577-5507
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100219
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
1682 SW 16TH ST
GAINESVILLE FL 32608

Chu Hsiao (She/Her/Hers) is a trainee at the University of Florida’s MD-PhD program, currently in her third year of medical school. Dr. Hsiao completed her BS in Human Biology, Health, and Society at Cornell University in 2012 and her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Florida in 2022. Her research is focused on understanding how sociocultural experiences become biologically embedded to impact health and disease, with a specific interest in the developmental origins of health and disease.

Research Interests:
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Biological Embedding
  • Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Placenta
Publications:
Grants:
  • May 2019 ACTIVE
    Biocultural investigation of maternal adversity on gene expression and DNA methylation in the placenta
    NATL INST OF HLTH NICHD · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2016-2022
    PhD in Anthropology
    University of Florida
  • 2008-2012
    BS in Human Biology, Health, and Society
    Cornell University
William Dodd

William Dodd

Department: MD-PHD PROGRAM
Phone: (352) 294-8336
Mailing Address:
1249 Center Dr Ste CG 72
MDPhD Program
GAINESVILLE FL 32603
Physical Address:
1249 Center Dr Ste CG 72
Department of Neurosurgery
MDPhD Program
Gainesville FL 32603
Publications:
Grants:
  • Nov 2021 – Oct 2022
    Microglial response to aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage: Role of the NLRP3 inflammasome
    BRAIN ANEURYSM FOU · Co-Investigator
  • Nov 2020 – Oct 2021
    NLRP3-mediated pyroptosis as a novel mechanism of cerebral aneurysm rupture
    BRAIN ANEURYSM FOU · Co-Investigator
  • Oct 2019 – Sep 2021
    NLRP3 as a Therapeutic Target in Intracranial Aneurysm Pathogenesis
    BRAIN ANEURYSM FOU · Co-Investigator