Back to the bench

For UF researchers, pausing and resuming work has brought major challenges, sparked innovation

By: Doug Bennett
“My job is to teach students so they can go off and do amazing things. This was an opportunity to try to double down on that.”
— Jay McLaughlin, Ph.D.
UF College of Pharmacy
researchers The COVID-19 pandemic brought many challenges to the research community at UF. In this May 29 photo, researchers in the lab of Barry Byrne, M.D., Ph.D., work on experiments aimed at developing a COVID-19 vaccine that uses a gene therapy technique to stimulate an immune system reaction to fight off the virus. Jesse S. Jones
“Most people were able to pivot to get important things done when they couldn’t be in a lab.”
— David P. Norton, Ph.D.
research While scientific research was paused due to COVID-19 earlier this year, innovations continued. Samsun Lampotang, Ph.D., and a group of researchers led the way in designing and building low-cost, open-source ventilators. Lampotang is the Joachim S. Gravenstein professor of anesthesiology in the UF College of Medicine’s department of anesthesiology.