Gopal Receives UF BME Postdoc Excellence Award

Dec. 8, 2023

Congrats to Schmidt Lab postdoc, Dr. Gopal Agarwal, on receiving the 2023 UF BME Postdoc Excellence Award! He was nominated “for his excellent work in establishing a robust research program on biomaterials for spinal cord injury, for his dedicated mentorship of younger trainees, and for his outstanding service to the department and BME profession.”

Congratulations Gopal! Well-deserved recognition!

Schmidt Lab UG Talks and Holiday Party

Dec. 7, 2023

Great Schmidt Lab UG presentations and holiday celebration! It was nice to hear from our hard-working UG researchers, Steven Robles-Blasini, Samantha Shumard, Izabela Zmirska, and Kennedy Moes. Nice food, good conversation, gift exchange, and fun games!

Schmidt Lab Celebration and Farewell to Eleana

Oct. 30, 2023

We had fun celebrating all the lab successes of the semester and bidding farewell to Schmidt Lab postdoc, Dr. Eleana Manousiouthakis. Always a good time at Chuy’s! Wonderful team and great roast presented by Blanca!

Schmidt Lab at BMES 2023 in Seattle

Oct. 11-14, 2023

The Schmidt Lab was well represented at the Annual Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Conference in Seattle, Washington. Our presenters included postdocs Drs. Eleana Manousiouthakis and Gopal Agarwal, PhD student Allison Campbell, and undergraduate students Alejandro Machado and Samantha Shumard. In addition, Dr. Schmidt gave the BMES Diversity Award Lecture, representing UF BME. Kudos to our entire team for doing a fantastic job!

New Academic Year Lab Party

Sept. 2, 2023

The Schmidt Lab started the new academic year off with a potluck party at Dr. Schmidt’s home. Lots of good food and we had fun playing interactive games on Jack Box. It was nice to relax and simply enjoy each other’s company!

Dr. Schmidt Promoted to Distinguished Professor

Aug. 16, 2023

Kudos to Dr. Schmidt for receiving promotion to Distinguished Professor. The title “Distinguished Professor” is the highest honor that the University of Florida bestows on its own faculty members.

According to UF, “The title of Distinguished Professor/Curator acknowledges an exceptional record of achievement in the areas of teaching, research and publication, and professional and public service that is recognized both nationally and internationally. An exceptional record of achievement is one that places the candidate at the top of their discipline in at least one area, with a record of significant distinction in the other areas.  The title of Distinguished Professor/Curator is a rare and special achievement.” –

Congratulations, Professors Schmidt on this significant milestone!


End of Year Lunch Celebration

May 4, 2023

The Schmidt Lab celebrated the end of the year at Chuy’s for a usual fantastic lunch. In attendance were Blanca Ostmark, Gopal Agarwal, Eleana Manousiouthakis, Allison Campbell, Bassam Smadi, Emily Pallack, Michael Cline, Jacob Fuhr, and Steven Robles-Blasini.

It was nice to celebrate all of our many research successes for the spring semester, and to say farewell to many of our team members!

Spring UG Research Presentations

April 26, 2023

In typical Schmidt Lab tradition, we enjoyed our Spring 2023 end-of-the-semester UG presentations! As usual, terrific job by our UG researchers. Always our favorite part of the semester!

UG Presenters:

  • Shruti Kolli (Public Health)​, “Particle-based Bioinks for 3D Printing”; Mentor: Eleana​ Manousiouthakis​
  • Izabella Zmirska (BME), “Assessment of Radial Transwells for Polyethylene Glycol-based 3D Bioprinting”; Mentor: Eleana​ Manousiouthakis​
  • Emily Pallack (Microbiology & Cell Sciences)​, “Comparing Therapeutic Acute Intermittent Hypoxia and Local Hypoxia Differential Gene Expression Using a 3D Bioprinted Spinal Cord Injury Model”; Mentor: Eleana​ Manousiouthakis​
  • Samantha Shumard (BME), “Understanding the Rheological Properties of Decellularized Dellipid Porcine Peripheral Nerves for Injectable Hydrogel Formulation”; Mentor: Gopal Agarwal
  • Jacob Fuhr (Microbiology & Cell Sciences), “Behavior Analysis of Functionalized Enzyme Treatments in Spinal Cord Injury”’ Mentor: Allison Campbell
  • Michael Cline (Chemical Engineering), “Development and Characterization of Fluorescently Active Glycidyl Methacrylated Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogel Scaffolds”’ Mentor: Bassam Smadi

And, CONGRATULATIONS to our graduating seniors!!

  • Emily Pallack ➔ Tufts BME Graduate School
  • Shruti Kolli​ ➔ UF Medical School

Although Michael Cline is not graduating, he will be switching labs for research. And, Bassam Smadi will be supervised by Dr. Jack Judy after May 15!

Kudos to everyone! We will miss those leaving the lab!

Michael Cline Receives Poster Award

April 4, 2023

Congrats to Schmidt Lab UG, Michael Cline, who works with Bassam Smadi, for receiving an outstanding poster award at UF Biomaterials Day!

Emily Pallack Recognized with NSF GRFP Award

March 29, 2023

Congrats to Schmidt Lab UG, Emily Pallack, for receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship! She will be pursuing her PhD studies at Tufts University in BME. So proud of her!