UF Research Foundation names 2020 professors


UF Research Foundation names 2020 professors

By Joe Kays

The University of Florida Research Foundation has named 33 faculty members as UFRF Professors for 2020, including 10 from the six UF Health colleges. The recognition goes to faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields.        “Faculty chosen for UFRF Professorships have a proven record of research and scholarship and the potential for even more success in the future,” said David Norton, Ph.D., UF’s vice president for research. “UFRF Professors continue to earn significant grants, publish in the leading journals in their field, assume university leadership positions and commercialize their discoveries.”

The UFRF Professors were recommended by their college deans based on nominations from their department chairs, a personal statement and an evaluation of their recent research accomplishments as evidenced by publications in scholarly journals, external funding, honors and awards, development of intellectual property and other measures appropriate to their field of expertise. The professorships run for three years.

“It is this selection by their peers that makes the UFRF professorships so special,” Norton said. “The colleagues nominating them highlight the innovative nature of the nominee’s research and express high expectations about what they will achieve in the future.”

Here are this year’s UFRF Professors from the UF Health colleges.

College of Dentistry

  • Mary Ellen Davey, Ph.D., an associate professor and interim chair of the department of oral biology

College of Medicine

  • William Hogan, M.D., a professor of health outcomes and biomedical informatics
  • Brian Hoh, M.D., a professor of neurosurgery
  • Peter Kang, M.D., a professor of pediatrics
  • Jennifer Miller, M.D., a professor of pediatrics
  • Rolf Renne, Ph.D., Henry E. Innes Professor of Cancer Research

College of Nursing

  • Diana Wilkie, Ph.D., a professor of biobehavioral nursing science

College of Pharmacy

  • Jatinder Lamba, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacotherapy and translational research

College of Public Health and Health Professions 

  • Tara Sabo-Attwood, Ph.D., an associate professor of environmental and global health

College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Mansour Mohamadzadeh, Ph.D., a professor of infectious diseases and immunology