2016 Awardees

  • David P. Arnold, Ph.D. David Arnold’s research has a large range of applications. He has developed systems that draw energy from human activity to charge mobile electronics. He has built the world’s smallest magnetic ... Read more
  • Senthold Asseng, D.Sc., Ph.D. Senthold Asseng uses a scientific approach to quantify the interactions between climate, crops and soil. He employs mathematical modeling and computer simulation of agricultural and biological systems to find solutions ... Read more
  • Hsing Kenneth Cheng, Ph.D. Hsing Kenneth Cheng believes business research should be applicable to life outside of the academy. The issue of net neutrality is of key interest to him, particularly because the number ... Read more
  • Abdol R. Chini, Ph.D. Incorporating sustainable development into construction practices and materials use is at the core of Abdol Chini’s research interests. “The focus of my research is to foster the implementation of sustainability principles ... Read more
  • Evangelos A. Christou, Ph.D. Evangelos Christou directs the Neuromuscular Physiology Lab at UF, where his research team focuses on three major topics. One area of research is on the effects of aging and neurological disorders, ... Read more
  • David J. Daegling, Ph.D. With access to 20 years of behavioral data from West African monkeys, David Daegling said he has an ideal sample to ask a critical question in evolutionary biology: How do ... Read more
  • Hartmut Derendorf, Ph.D. With funds from organizations such as NASA and the FDA, Hartmut Derendorf researches the optimum dosage for new and established drugs for treatment in a broad range of areas. “Identifying the ... Read more
  • Ryan Duffy, Ph.D. Ryan Duffy is a counseling psychologist who investigates the reasons people choose specific jobs and, ultimately, what makes them feel fulfilled at work. Duffy and his team of students are exploring ... Read more
  • Benjamin J. Fregly, Ph.D. B.J. Fregly’s own knee surgeries during his college and high school years catalyzed his fascination with treating walking impairments using computational technology. As a student at Princeton, he connected the ... Read more
  • David D. Fuller, Ph.D. On top of directing a laboratory in the McKnight Brain Institute that studies respiratory physiology and neuroplasticity, David Fuller serves as the associate director of the Center for Respiratory Research ... Read more
  • Liwei Gu, Ph.D. Liwei Gu researches the compounds in fruits and vegetables that help to promote health. He has worked with many Florida organizations to study crops such as honey, avocados, sorghum, muscadine ... Read more
  • Melissa Hyde, Ph.D. The ways women of the eighteenth century engaged with art, as both artists and patrons, as well as the influence of those women on the modern world have been neglected ... Read more
  • Daniel D. Lewis, D.V.M Daniel Lewis a board-certified veterinary surgeon and an academic clinical scientist who is involved in both experimental laboratory and clinical research. Lewis is interested in small animal orthopedic traumatology, fracture management ... Read more
  • Yuqing Li, Ph.D. By studying basal ganglia, or large subcortical structures in the brain, Yuqing Li hopes to develop novel and effective treatments to dystonia and restless legs syndrome. Dystonia is a neurological movement ... Read more
  • Bruce J. MacFadden, Ph.D. As the author of a formative book on horse evolution, “Fossil Horses: Systematics, Paleobiology, and the Evolution of the Family of Equidae,” Bruce MacFadden is considered a leading researcher of ... Read more
  • Clayton Mathews, Ph.D. Clayton Mathews’ goal is to identify the molecular processes that produce the clinical symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. Mathews studies the development of juvenile diabetes, both in humans and mouse models ... Read more
  • Arshag D. Mooradian, M.D. Arshag Mooradian’s research has unlocked the causes behind premature aging in patients with diabetes. Mooradian has identified multiple biochemical pathways that drive premature aging in diabetes, including changes in vascular beds ... Read more
  • Leonid L. Moroz, Ph.D. Leonid Moroz is an internationally recognized researcher of evolutionary neurobiology who specializes in understanding the genes associated with learning and memory. His recent research findings have been covered by media ... Read more
  • Jon D. Morris, Ph.D. Jon Morris uses three-dimensional emotional theory to examine emotional response in advertising and marketing communication. Morris and his colleagues developed AdSAM, the Attitude Self-Assessment Manikin process, from the original SAM, ... Read more
  • Guido Mueller, Ph.D. Over the past 10 years, Guido Mueller has helped to spearhead the development of the Advanced LIGO interferometer, the leading project in the detection of gravitational waves. Mueller played a ... Read more
  • Laura P.W. Ranum, Ph.D. Laura Ranum uses human genetics to find the causes of neurodegenerative disease and to understand how these disease-causing mutations result in the death of neurons in the brain. Her laboratory ... Read more
  • Albert D. Ritzhaupt, Ph.D. When Albert Ritzhaupt considers the future of integrating technology into education, he sees potential for innovations in the field. Ritzhaupt’s research seeks to incorporate information and communication technology into education in a ... Read more
  • Adrian E. Roitberg, Ph.D. Adrian Roitberg’s work in chemical biology has focused on Chagas disease, a life-threatening illness caused by a parasite that is endemic in Latin American countries. Roitberg’s project, which was funded ... Read more
  • A. Mark Settles, Ph.D. Mark Settles uses genetic research to improve breeding and biotechnology of corn to help combat future global challenges in agriculture. “I study corn genetics to understand basic molecular, cellular and developmental ... Read more
  • Luciana Shaddox, D.D.S., Ph.D. Luciana Shaddox researches localized aggressive periodontal (LAP) disease, a rare gum disease that affects young people and usually leads to early tooth loss. Although the chronic form of this disease ... Read more
  • D. Daniel Sokol, LL.M., Ph.D. Daniel Sokol became a tenured professor at the University of Florida in 2014 and is already considered one of Levin College of Law’s most cited faculty members. Sokol publishes on the ... Read more
  • My T. Thai, Ph.D. My Thai uses algorithmic mathematics to research network security and vulnerability, complex network analysis and network-based data mining. She has combined concepts from optimization and network theory to advance research ... Read more
  • Gonda Van Steen, Ph.D. As a researcher, Gonda Van Steen is drawn to topics that have been left largely unexplored. “I look underneath stones that nobody has turned over yet,” she said. Van Steen’s research focus ... Read more
  • Wilfred Vermerris, Ph.D. Wilfred Vermerris uses innovation and an interdisciplinary mindset to contribute to a next-generation agricultural production system that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. “Sustainability is often formulated with an emphasis on ... Read more
  • Nian Wang, Ph.D. Nian Wang’s research program studies two important citrus diseases: citrus canker and citrus greening, which is also known as Huanglongbing (HLB). Wang works to control these diseases by teasing out ... Read more
  • Luise White, Ph.D. Luise White has a long and well-regarded record of research on the history of modern Africa. Her studies have taken her to Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She is a ... Read more
  • P. Chris Wilson, Ph.D. Chris Wilson studies environmental organic chemistry and aquatic toxicology. His research program is three-pronged, focused on the ways land and water management impact water quality and natural resources, the fate ... Read more
  • John R. Wingard, M.D. John Wingard is the director of UF’s Bone Marrow Transplant program, and his research aims to characterize bone marrow transplant complications in an effort to improve the outcomes for patients. “While ... Read more
  • Saunjoo “Sunny” Yoon, Ph.D. Saunjoo Yoon hopes to make an impact on quality of life and overall survivorship in adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. By using complementary therapies as interventions, Yoon aims ... Read more