Center Members

The UF Center for Regenerative Medicine will be uniquely focused on building cross-disciplinary teams capable of moving developing therapies along this broad continuum from bench to bedside. We believe teams of fundamental scientists, translational clinician-scientists, and patient-facing clinicians under the CRM umbrella will advance therapies across this development pipeline at an accelerated pace.

 


Leadership


Faculty

Cancer

  • Chris R. Cogle, MD
    Professor of Medicine
    UF Division of Hematology & Oncology
  • Nosha Farhadfar, MD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    UF Division of Hematology & Oncology
  • Coy Heldermon, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    UF Division of Hematology & Oncology
  • Duane Mitchell, MD, PhD
    Director, UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program
    Co-Director, Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy
    UF Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery
  • Edward Scott, PhD
    UF Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
  • John R. Wingard
    Price Eminent Scholar and Professor of Medicine
    Deputy Director of Research & Director, Bone Marrow Transplant Program
    UF Division of Hematology & Oncology
  • Daohong Zhou, MD
    Professor of Pharmacodynamics and Radiation Oncology
    Harry E. Innes Endowed Professor of Cancer Research
    Associate Director for Translation and Drug Development
    UF College of Pharmacy

 

Cardiovascular

  • Mustafa Ahmed, MD 
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    UF Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Christopher Batich, PhD
    Director of Pilot Programs, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
    Affilate Professor, UF Department of Biomedical Engineering
    UF Department of Material Sciences and Engineering
  • Scott Berceli, MD, PhD
    Professor
    UF Department of Surgery, Vascular Surgery
  • Barry Byrne, MD, PhD
    Director, UF Powell Gene Therapy Center
    Professor, Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
    Associate Chair, Department of Pediatrics
    UF Pediatric Research
  • Demetra Christou, PhD
    Associate Professor
    UF Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
    UF College of Health & Human Performance
  • Jon Dobson, PhD
    J. Crayton Pruitt Family Professor
    UF Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Amara Estrada 
    Professor and Chair, SA Cardiology
    UF Department of Small Animal Clinical Services
  • Leonardo Ferreira, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Applied Physiology & Kinesiology
    UF College of Health & Human Performance
  • Kristina A. Giles, MD
    Assistant Professor of Surgery
    UF Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy
    UF Department of Surgery
  • Eileen M. Handberg, PhD, ARNP-BC, FACC
    Research Professor of Medicine
    Director, Clinical Trials Program
    Program Director, Florida CARES
    UF Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Hideko Kasahara, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor
    UF Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics
  • Christiaan Leeuwenbergh, PhD
    Professor and Chief, Division of Biology of Aging
    UF Institute on Aging
    Leader, Metabolism and Biomarkers Core
    Leader, Research Career Development Core
  • Guanyi Lu, MD, PhD
    Research Associate Professor
    UF Department of Surgery
  • Robert T. Mankowski, PhD
    Research Assistant Professor
    UF Institute on Aging & Geriatric Research
  • Peter McFetridge, PhD
    Associate Professor
    UF Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Walter Lee Murfee, PhD
    Associate Professor
    UF Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Christina A. Pacak, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    UF Pediatric Research
  • Marco Pahor, MD
    Professor and Founding Chair, Department of Aging and Geriatric Research
    Director, UF Institute on Aging
  • Carl Pepine, MD, MACC
    Professor Emeritus
    UF Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Chelsey S. Simmons, PhD
    Assistant Professor, UF Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
    Director, Biomimetic Actuators and Integrated Technologies Lab (GatorBAIT)
    UF Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Mark Staples, MD
    Department of Surgery
    Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
  • Dmitry Traktuev, PhD
    UF Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
    UF Center for Regenerative Medicine

Pulmonary

  • Mark L. Brantly, MD
    Professor of Medicine, UF Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
    Vice Chair of Research, Department of Medicine
    Alpha-1 Foundation Research Professor
  • Borna Mehrad, MD 
    Professor of Medicine and Division Chief
    UF Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
  • Tiago Machuca, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor

    UF Department of Surgery, Lung Transplant

  • Andres Pelaez, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine, UF Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
    Medical Director, Lung Transplant Program
    Co-Director, Adult Respiratory ECMO Program
  • Mohan Raizada, PhD
    Distinguished Professor
    UF Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics
    Member, UF McKnight Brain Institute
  • Pichapong Tunsupon, MD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine

    UF Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

 

Gastrointestinal and Digestive

  • Mark Atkinson, PhD
    Jeffrey Keene Family Professor
    UF Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
    UF Diabetes Institute
  • Roniel Cabrera, MD, MS 
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    UF Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
  • Michael J. Clare-Salzler, MD 
    Stetson Professo and Chair,  Experimental Pathology
    Director, Center for Immunology and Transplantation
    UF Diabetes Institute
  • Desmond Schatz, MD
    Professor and Associate Chairman, Pediatrics
    Medical Director, UF Diabetes Institute
    Associate Director, UF Clinical Research Center
  • Cherie Stabler, PhD
    Associate Professor & Associate Chair for Graduate Studies
    UF Department of Biomedical Engineering

Inflammation and Immunity

  • Dorina Avram, PhD
    Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
    Preeminence Professor (Tenured)
    Director, Pulmonary Immunology
  • Todd Brusko, PhD
    Associate Professor
    UF Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Roland Herzog, PhD
    Principal Investigator and Professor, Division of Cellular and Molecular Therapy
    UF Department of Pediatrics
  • Mark Segal, MD, PhD
    Professor and Chief, Division of Nephrology, Hypertension & Renal Transplantation
    J. Robert Cade Professor of Medicine
  • Mark A. Wallet, PhD
    UF Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine

Musculoskeletal

  • Kyle D. Allen, PhD
    Associate Professor and Associate Chair for UG Studies
    UF Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Adam Biedrzycki
    Assistant Professor
    Large Animal Clinical Sciences
    Large Animal Surgery
    UF College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Steve Ghivizzani, PhD
    UF Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
    Gene Therapy Laboratory
  • C. Parker Gibbs, MD 
    Eugene L. Jewett Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
    Chief Medical Officer for UF Health Shands
    Division Chief, UF Orthopedic Oncology
    UF Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
  • Jennifer Hagen, MD
    Assistant Professor
    UF Orthopedics and Sports Medicine – Trauma
  • Dan Herman, MD, PhD, CAQSM
    Assistant Professor
    Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, ORTHOcare, Research, Musculoskeletal Sports Medicine
    UF Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
  • Kevin P. McHugh, MS, PhD
    Associate Professor, UF Department of Periodontology
    UF College of Denistry, Oral Biology
  • Blanka Sharma, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    UF Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Glenn A. Walter, PhD
    Professor
    UF Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics

Neurological

  • Prodip K. Bose, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor and Research Associate Professor
    Department of Physiological Sciences
    UF College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Sylvain Dore, PhD, FAHA
    Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Psychology, Pharmaceutics,and Neuroscience
    Director of Research Programs, Department of Anesthesiology;
    Investigator, McKnight Brain Institute and CTRND
    UF Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease
  • William W. Hauswirth, PhD
    Professor
    Maida and Morris Rybaczki Eminent Scholar Chair in Ophthalmic Sciences
    UF Department of Ophthalmology Research
  • Duane Mitchell, MD, PhD
    Director, UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program
    Co-Director, Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy
    UF Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery
  • Michael Okun, MD
    Professor and Chair, UF Department of Neurology
    Co-Director Movement Disorders Center
    National Medical Director of the Parkinson’s Foundation
  • Brandi K. Ormerod, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Director, BME Graduate Student Diversity & Professional Development
    UF Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Brent Reynolds, PhD
    Professor
    UF Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery
  • Christine E. Schmidt,  PhD
    Professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Chair & Department Chair

    Biomedical Engineering

     

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Adam Katz, MD
    Professor of Surgery
    UF Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • John D. Murray, MD
    Assistant Professor of Surgery
    UF Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – College of Medicine, Jacksonville

 

Biotechnology, Delivery, Diagnostic, Infrastructural, and Screening Technologies

  • Josephine Allen, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Principal Investigator
    UF Department of Material Sciences and Engineering
  • Thomas Angelini, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Principal Investigator
    UF Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Nathalie Clément, PhD
    Associate Director
    Powell Gene Therapy Center Vector Core
    UF Pediatric Research
  • Malcolm Maden, PhD
    Professor, UF Department of Biology
    UF Cancer & Genetics Research Complex
  • Tamara Mandell, M.Ed. 
    Associate Director, Education and Training Programs
    UF Center of Excellence for Regenerative Health Biotechnology
  • David R. Nelson, MD 
    Director, UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
    UF Professor and Associate Dean for Clinical Research
  • Carlos Rinaldi, PhD
    Charles A. Stokes Term Professor
    Chair, Chemical Engineering Department
    UF Department of Biomedical Engineering  
  • Emma Rosenau, MPH, SBB 
    Clinical Research Coordinator
    UF Division of Hematology & Oncology
  • Thomas Schmittgen, PhD
    Professor of Pharmaceutics

    UF College of Pharmacy

  • Naohiro Terada,  PhD
    Professor, Division of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine

    Director, Experimental Pathology

 

Circadian Biology

  • Karyn Esser, PhD
    Professor, UF Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics
    Associate Program Director, Institute of Myology
  • Michelle L. Gumz, PhD
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    UF Division of Nephrology, Hypertension & Renal Transplantation
  • Andrew Liu, PhD
    Associate Professor
    UF Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics

Administration

  • Alexandria Galloway
    Administrative Specialist