Current MD-PhD Students

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The University of Florida’s MD-PhD Community

The University of Florida’s MD-PhD community comprises a diverse group of trainees, administrators and faculty, all focused on applying the latest advances in learning and research to training each cohort of future physician-scientists. We welcome applications to join the program from US citizens and permanent residents, and we make special efforts to recruit under-represented individuals in biomedical sciences, especially Black and Hispanic students, those with disabilities and/or those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Current MD-PhD fellows are heavily involved in the administration of the program and in the selection and recruitment of future students.

Learn about how we support our MD-PhD Students

The University of Florida has committed to the full support of 8 MD-PhD students each new year, beginning in 2019, for the entire 8-year period of their physician-scientist training. While the method of support (NIH training or research grant, institutional funds) may vary, these forms of support will be available to all MD-PhD students:

  • Stipend & Tuition
  • Health insurance
  • Student Fees
  • Travel Funds

Meet our newest (MS-1) Trainees!

Caitland Love

Interested in strokes, neurogenetics and epigenetic inheritance.

Caitland Love

Chadwin Hanna, Jr.

Interested in neurogeneration, neuronal repair, and TBI/neurodegenerative therapeutics.

Chadwin Hanna

Delaney Ding

Interested in clinical outcomes, epidemiology, health services research, global and public health, mixed methods and community-based research.

Delaney Ding

Jeff Arni Valisno

Interested in neurodegenerative diseases and novel therapeutics.

Jeff Arni Valisno

Jessica Eileen Molina

Interested in pathological mineral formations in cardiovascular tissue.

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Karla Ganley

Interested in epidemiology, ethnography, social determinants of health and health disparities, and maternal health care.

Karla Ganley

Miranda Reid

Interested in implementation science, health services research, quality improvement and value-based care.

Miranda Reid

Stephen Michel

Interested in oncology, nanotechnology, and biomaterials engineering.

Stephen Michel

Trey Dalton

Interested in MDS, autoimmunity, inflammation, and RNA splicing pathways.

Robert Trey Dalton

Meet our MS-2 Trainees

Alex Adolphson

Interested in adeno-associated virus vectors’ use in gene delivery, cellular engineering, and CAFR T-cell therapy for various cancers.

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Anna Fusco

Interested in neural control of breathing in spinal cord injury and neuromuscular disorders.

Anna Fusco

Caretia Washington

Interested in infectious diseases, injury and violence prevention, and health disparitites.

Caretia Washington

Jack Figg

Interested in stem cell biology, functional genomics, and RNA biology.

John Figg

Julian Mark

Interested in Type 1 Diabetes and neuroinflammation.

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Maegan Cremer

Interested in biological interfaces, electrophysiology, and structure-function relationships.

Maegan Cremer

Scott Cohen

Interested in microbiology and cell science, and nutritional sciences.

Scott Cohen

Stephan Quintin

Interested in biomedical sciences.

Stephan Quintin

Learn about the transition to Graduate School (GS)

The Directorate works closely with mentors to make sure that trainees reach milestones in their Individual Development Plans during the PhD training.

Meet our GS-1 Trainees

Physiology and Functional Genomics

Aditya Mahadevan

Aditya Mahadevan

anthropology

Chloe Warpinsky

Chloe Warpinski

Meet our GS-2 Trainees

Immunology and Microbiology

Amy Peiper

Interested in vaccine development and therapeutics.

Amy Peiper

one health

Katelyn Flaherty

Interested in prehospital care, pediatric nighttime care, and EMT education.

Katelyn Flaherty

IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY

Kelly Kirkpatrick

Interested in viral pathogenesis and molecular genetics, long non-coding RNAs, and miRNAs.

Kelly Kirkpatrick

IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY

Phillip Mackie

Phillip Mackie

Learn about our Wellness Committee

A subcommittee of the MD-PhD Scholar Council, the Wellness Committee fosters trainee camaraderie using financial support from the Program Directorate. Members of the Wellness Committee focus on planning events and activities to foster peer support & long-lasting relationships between scholars.

Meet our GS-3 Trainees

mathematics

Yara Skaf

Interested in computational biology, healthcare informatics, and topological data analysis.

Yara Skaf

Meet our GS-4 Trainees

Physiology & Pharmacology

Will Dodd

Interested in vascular physiology, oxidative stress and mechano transduction.

William Dodd

Genetics & Genomics

Dan Stribling

Interested in computational genomics, bioinformatics, MiRNA technology, and oncogenic virusus.

Dan Stribling

Meeet our GS-5 Trainees

Meet our GS-6 Trainees

Anthropology

Chu Jane Hsiao

Interested in the biological impacts of sociocultural experiences (racial discrimination, war trauma, sexual violence, etc.).

Chu Jane Hsiao

Learn about the Transition back to Medical School

Clinical skills and clinical mentoring during PhD: Addressing the challenge of starting clinical training after several years of graduate school, Scholars may shadow physicians (Clinical Mentors) throughout the research training period, specifically increasing in frequency several weeks before beginning clinical clerkships. Trainees will have the opportunity to choose a primary Clinical Mentor for mentoring, as well as attend case presentations and patient rounds with other Clinical Mentors.

Reimmersion: A reimmersion program run by students and faculty will help enhance trainee skills (dexterity) and readiness (mental preparation, patient H&P, clinical presentations) to begin their clinical training.

Meet our MS-3 Trainees

John Butterfield, PhD

John Butterfield

Yuxing Xia, PhD

Yuxing Xia

Meet our MS-4 Trainees

Garrett Smith, PhD

Interested in neuroscience; I did my thesis on the transcriptomic changes associated with age-related cognitive decline.

Garrett Smith

Henrietta Fasanya, PhD

Interested in biology.

Henrietta Fasanya

Kyle Dyson, PhD

Kyle Dyson

Mat Sebastian, PhD

Interested in basic science and clinical immunology, immunotherapy, and vaccinology.

Mathew Sebastian

Robert Eisinger, PhD

Interested in neural engineering, brain machine interfaces, computational neuroscience, basal ganglia, and movement disorders.

Robert Eisinger

Zack Sorrentino, PhD

Interested in physics and biochemistry.

Zachary Sorrentino

Learn about Transitioning to Practice

The Directorate recognizes their responsibility to assure that the benefits of the training program are not lost during the two years required by the trainees to complete their MD. Scholars in late MS3 and MS4 years will meet with Dr. Zarrinpar to identify research-oriented postgraduate medical training. A number of Physician Scientists Training Programs (PSTP) have been identified.