Our faculty, trainees, and staff strive to perform rigorous, internationally recognized research that impacts both the understanding of foundational science and catalyzes improved clinical treatments and outcomes while training the next generation of biomedical research leaders.
The Department offers a highly-collaborative and vibrant research atmosphere led by 16 primary tenure-track faculty members, with additional faculty hires underway. Our laboratories are involved in research areas that span a broad range of approaches and research models, striving to elucidate mechanistic understandings of how events at the molecular level impact cellular physiology and organismal outcomes. Current strengths of the department include (1) structural biochemistry (virus and macromolecular structure through X-ray, cryo-EM, and NMR) (2) metabolism and disease (metabolomics and metabolic flux analysis), and (3) molecular biology (RNA structure/function, epigenetics, gene regulation, DNA repair and replication).
On the educational front, we mentor, train, and work beside our trainees and staff to develop the full potential of each individual. Trainees at different career stages are prepared to be leaders at universities, in biotechnology, and beyond in society as a whole. Our primary educational mission involves instruction in our laboratories and in the classroom of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, medical students, dental students, and undergraduates.
We individually and collectively create an environment that motivates and challenges each other while being collaborative, supportive, and invested in everyone’s success. These successes are built on deliberate actions to support and increase diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure a sense of belonging for our trainees, staff, and faculty.
The Department is part of a larger Biomedical Sciences program within the College of Medicine that includes both basic science and clinical departments. Our Department offers world-class facilities for NMR/MRI, mass spectrometry, spatial metabolism, and UF offers cutting-edge computing facilities including a NVIDIA supercomputer that is the fastest in higher education. Importantly, these facilities are easily accessible. This year, UF surpassed $1 billion in research spending, and was named one of the top 5 public universities by US News and World Report.
There are opportunities for you to join our active and growing Department with open faculty searches. Additionally, laboratories in the Department are actively recruiting staff, postdoctoral trainees, and students for open positions.