In Honor of Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna

Published: March 5th, 2021

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Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna –  Beloved Mentor, Faculty Member, and World-Renowned Structural Biologist


The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as well as the UF Health campus, are deeply grieved at the news of the passing of our mentor, friend and fellow faculty member, Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, early on Wednesday morning, March 3rd.

We extend our deepest condolences to Dr. McKenna, his family and loved ones as well as to the many colleagues, students and friends across the world who are grieving the loss of Dr. Agbandje-McKenna. Our department and our college will be forever grateful for her contributions to science, medicine and to our institution.

You may read more about Dr. Agbandje-McKenna in the UF Health news story here.



Funeral Service Information:
Dr. Agbandje-McKenna’s funeral service was video-taped – click here to view the full video.


Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ph.D, Scholarship Fund

The Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ph.D., Scholarship Fund has been established to honor Dr. Agbandje-McKenna and her belief that everyone should pay it forward. The income from this fund will be awarded to aspiring young students in science to help them establish themselves in the field of their passions with the goal of advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in the scientific community. Funding will be used, among other things, for travel grants to attend scientific meetings, scholarships  to help with educational expenses, awards for outstanding scholarly achievements, and help in preventing financial barriers that hinder success at graduate school.

Here are ways that you can contribute:
–  Online giving:
–  Call 1-877-351-2377 and reference Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ph.D., Scholarship Fund – #F025545
–  Mail contribution to the UF Health Office of Development, Attn: Mavis Agbandje-McKenna, Ph.D., Scholarship Fund, #F025545, P.O. Box 100243, Gainesville, FL 32610.

McKenna Lab 2019Dr. Bert Flanegan and Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna