BME News

Student Spotlight: Olivia Palmer

Name: Olivia Palmer Lab: Dr. Benjamin Keselowsky Hometown: Punta Gorda, FL Research focus: Immunoengineering! During undergraduate research I’ve been looking into using immunotherapeutic biomaterials to modulate the integrated stress response and characterizing a novel hydrogel that assembles via co-assembly of… Read More

Student Spotlight: Omar Zermeno

Name: Omar Zermeno Lab: Dr. Gunduz Hometown: Jacksonville FL Fun fact: UF Housing Fair is my favorite holiday 🙂 What motivates you? I’m motivated by helping people by making things and being a lifelong learner What attracted you to UF… Read More

Congratulations, Class of 2022!

Congratulations, UF BME Class of 2022! “On behalf of the department, I extend sincere congratulations and best of luck to the Class of 2022. We are immensely proud of your work and accomplishments! Best wishes to each of you, and… Read More

Student Spotlight: Brianna Pawlyshyn

Name: Bri Pawlyshyn Lab: None, but I’m a Learning Assistant for Dr. Mansy (best experience of my 4 years here!) Hometown: Naples, FL Research focus: None, but I’m industry bound, and I love the field of orthobiologics Fun fact: I… Read More

Ph.D. Spotlight: Mary Kasper

Name: Mary Kasper, Ph.D. Lab: Schmidt Lab (Biomimetic Materials and Neural Engineering) Hometown: Cary, North Carolina Research focus: My research focuses on creating biomimetic hyaluronan-based scaffolds for peripheral nerve applications. I focus on understanding the native microenvironment of neural tissue… Read More

Student Spotlight: Parker Kotlarz

Name: Parker Kotlarz Lab: Nino Research Group Hometown: Pensacola, FL Research focus: My research focuses on identifying biomarkers in Alzheimer’s disease using connectomics, percolation theory, and artificial intelligence. My goal is to create a point-of-care algorithm to predict the likelihood… Read More

BME students and alumni earn NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Congratulations to BME’s six outstanding students and alumni who have been selected for the 2022 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which recognizes exceptional students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology,… Read More

BME Undergraduate Research Day

On April 14, the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at UF hosted Undergraduate Research Day. Undergraduate Research Day is designed to showcase the quality of student research projects conducted during the academic year, as well as to… Read More


by Bridgette Welch National Biomechanics Day honors the breakthrough science of the 21st century. This global celebration was observed in the Florida Gym as an annual outreach event that brings together labs from the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, College of… Read More