Research

Our department’s faculty have research programs in Gene Therapy, Endocrinology, Vascular Biology, Fetal Development, Gastrointestinal Physiology, Muscle Physiology, Mouse Genetics and Cell/Receptor Signaling. Students graduating from the department have done well in the competitive job market, with the majority finding positions in academic institutions and industry.

The Department routinely ranks highly for research dollars per faculty member. Faculty are currently funded by grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Several faculty also have industry support via active collaborations with private companies and corporations.

Our department’s currently funded projects and fellowships total $6 million direct costs awarded, with an additional $1.5 million for indirect costs (overhead).  Granting agencies include the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Heart Association (national and Florida affiliate), and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, among others.

The department is in the initial stages of increasing its faculty numbers by 50% over the next six years. The department is continually seeking to identify outstanding faculty candidates that can complement or extend the current research interests of the department.

 

Centers and Programs

The department is the home of the University of Florida Hypertension Center and is pleased to be affiliated with the Whitney Laboratory in St. Augustine, and the Perinatal and Reproductive Biology Research Program.

UF Hypertension Center

Provides research interaction and education through seminars, teaching and scientific discussion on studies related to hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. Interdepartmental. Intercollegiate. Supported by NIH grants of members, Merck and Hoechst Marion Merril-Dow.

Reproductive and Perinatal Biology Research Program

Mission Statement: To foster collaborative, multidisciplinary, and integrative approaches to basic and translational research that (i) improves the health of pregnant women and their babies, (ii) enhances the reproductive success of agriculturally important animals and wildlife, and (iii) prepares the next generation of scientists in these research disciplines.