Our News

2024

Honors & Awards

Feb 2024

Congrats to Ally on being awarded the MPower Graduate Fellowship for 2024!

Feb 2024

Congrats to Dr. Moore for being elected Co-Vice Chair and Co-Chair for 2026 and 2028 GRC ImmunoEngineering!

Communication

Feb 2024

Dr. Moore is an invited speaker at GRC Immunoengineering 2024 in Italy!

Jan 2024

Dr. Moore is an invited speaker at CMBE 2024 in San Juan, Puerto Rico!

Publications 

Feb 2024

Aakanksha's NSF-funded paper investigating the role of IKVAV on macrophage function is out in Matrix Biology Plus!

Feb 2024

How does metformin effect macrophage function? Check out Justin's latest paper in Tissue Engineering where we quantify metformin effect on macrophages!

Feb 2024

How does glycosylation of FC receptors dictate function? Check out our paper with Dr. Kevin Chandler (FIU) where we try to investigate glycosylation differences!

2023

Honors & Awards

Sept 2023

Congrats to Aakanksha for winning first place 1st place for her poster in the 2023 UMD Postdoc Research Symposium!

July 2023

Congrats to DOCTOR Aakanksha Jha who successfully defended her PhD from UF BME! 

April 2023

Congrats to Michele and Justin for  Honorable Mention STAR Awards at Society for Biomaterials Conference

March 2023

Dr. Moore was awarded the Early Career EDGE in Tech Athena Awards

January 2023

Dr. Moore has been named an Emerging Scholar, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education’s!

Communication

April 2023

Dr. Moore at the Cardiovascular Healthcare Disparities: Physiological Gaps in Knowledge for the American Physiological Society Physiology Summit!

April 2023

Holly presents updates on her work at UF's CTSI Research Day!

April 2023

Alison, Holly, Justin, and Michele presented their work at the Society for Biomaterials Conference in San Diego, CA!

March 2023

Holly and Justin presented their work at the Department of Rheumatology's grand rounds!

March 2023

Aakanksha, Holly, Alison, Michele, and Michael on their presentations at UF SFB Biomaterials Day! 

Funding

May 2023

NSF CAREER Award!! Congrats to Dr. Moore and the entire lab! 

March 2023

Dr. Moore's 3M Non-Tenure Faculty Award is renewed by 3M!


Publications (Part 1)

Nov 2023

Our paper introduces our "Preclinical in vitro model of monocyte influence on microvessel structure in systemic lupus erythematosus" is out in Lupus Science and Medicine!

Publications (Part 2)

Aug 2023

BME UNITE trails forward to provide a 6-Step Roadmap to Diversify Faculty Hiring in STEM! Read the article highlight from UMD here!

July 2023

Aakanksha's paper focused on the use of SOCS-1KIR Peptide mimetic to direct macrophage function is out! Congrats Aakanksha!

June 2023

Michele's paper entitled "Generation and characterization of two immortalized dermal fibroblast cell lines from the spiny mouse (Acomys)" is OUT in PLOSOne! AMAZING WORK, Michele! 

Feb 2023

Dr. Moore's postdoctoral contribution to understanding Helminth egg derivatives as pro- regenerative immunotherapies is published in PNAS! Congrats David!

Press

Dec 2023

Ally and Lara join the lab!  We're so excited to have two more PhD students!

Sept 2023

Dr. Moore is interviewed by DoubleShelix Podcast, focusing on "who can afford access to higher education?"

Sept 2023

Dr. Nana Owusu-Boaitey joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow! We are so excited to have Nana join the group! 

Aug 2023

Dr. Moore gives seminar at UIUC for the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology!

Outreach 


Oct 2023

With Dr. Nesma Ibrahim, Dr. Moore co-organized a special session at BMES 2023 on alternative careers in BME beyond academia. 

Sept 2023

Lara leads the lab in supporting Lupus Research by organizing our lab's participation at the 2023 Walk to End Lupus Now in Washington DC! 

March 2023

Working with Christine Horejs, Editor of Nature Reviews Bioengineering, Dr. Moore helped coordinate a BMES seminar on writing Abstracts! Check it out here!

Jan 2023

Aakanksha and Alison volunteers to lead tours for Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers students!

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Oct 2023

Welcome Miriam! We are so excited to have her 20+ years of clinical sample experience in the lab!

July 2023

The Moore Lab celebrates 3 years of EXISTENCE!

Summer 2023

Michele and Paulina secured internships at United Therapeutics! We are so excited for their impact!

April 2023

The Moore Lab celebrates the end of the semester by painting ceramics at the Reitz Union! 


2022

Outreach (Part 2)

June-August, 2022

This Summer we welcomed Lara Larson as a UF SURF Student for a 10-week summer research program! More information about the UF SURF program can be found here. Lara is a third-year undergrad in biosystems engineering at the University of Kentucky. Read more here!


July 10-15, 2022

Dr. Moore co-lead the PowerHour for the GRC for ImmunoEngineering Conference! With Dr. Ruda, they focused on finances in academia!


July 13, 2022

Aakanksha volunteers with the NSF Multidisciplinary Research Experiences for Teachers (MRET) program, leading lab tours for local teachers!


June 2022

As a Keystone Fellow, Dr. Moore spent her birthday at the Keystone Scientific Advisory Board meeting!


Honors & Awards

November 2022

Congrats to Alison for receiving the Jonathan Hack Departmental Award!


Oct 2022

Dr. Moore becomes the FIRST Black woman to be awarded the BMES Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award! 


Oct 2022

Congrats to Michele for being awarded a Travel Award for the 3rd international Conference on Tissue Repair, Regeneration, and Fibrosis!


July 2022

Congrats to Justin who has been awarded training on a T32 Regenerative Medicine Training Grant (532DK074367-04)! 


July 2022

Dr. Moore was awarded the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award! She is the first UF HWCOE faculty to receive this award!


April 8, 2022

Congrats to Dr. Moore for being awarded the 2021 Constellation Prize for Financial Literacy and Equity!

Communication

July 2022

Dr. Moore shared our work at the GRC for ImmunoEngineering! Ancestry matters in immunology!


April 27 2022

Dr. Moore and Aakanksha presented their work at the Society for Biomaterials Conference in Baltimore, MD!


April 25th, 2022

Congrats to Dr. Moore and Aakansha on their oral presentations at the Society for Biomaterials Conference in Baltimore, MD! 


April 7th, 2022

Congrats to Talia and Jessica for presenting their work at the UF Undergraduate Research Symposium!


February 15th, 2022

Dr. Moore and Dr. Allen share why ancestry must be considered in our biomedical science endeavors! Hear their perspectives in the UF "From Florida" podcast


January 27th, 2022

Aakanksha received high praise for her clear and engaging presentation of her work at NC State! This was her first public oral presentation! 

Publications

July 2022

Justin published his article in Cells Tissues Organs! Talia and Jessica helped to write this paper!


March 28th, 2022

Holly's article focuses on mouse models of systemic lupus erythematosus to understand cardiovascular disease in lupus. 


February 18th 2022

Dr. Moore publishes a commentary in Science on her debt and her motivation to empower other students. 

Outreach (Part 1)

April 22, 2022

Erika volunteers at the SACNAS panel titled, "Grant Writing for Graduate Students." You can view the video here!


May 4, 2022

Holly volunteers to lead tours for Miami Dade transfer students in collaboration with HWCOE engineering extension and outreach programs


April 22, 2022

Holly volunteers to lead tours for Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers students


January 28, 2022

Dr. Moore and Aakanksha toured students from the UF Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in Jan. 2022.  


January 13, 2022

Dr. Moore volunteers at Littlewood Elementary to speak with 5th graders about following their passions and studying biomaterials!

Press

July 2022

Dr. Moore is interviewed by Forbes about advice for students with student loans! Her work was also featured in the Gainesville Sun!


June 16, 2022

Congrats to Holly for coming in 2nd place in the BME Art of Research Photo Contest for her entry "Baskets of Roses"!


March 30, 2022

Congrats to Michael and Jessica who have been selected as University Scholars! 


February 15th, 2022

Dr. Moore and Dr. Allen are featured in the From Florida podcast where they shared their perspectives on increasing diversity in biomedical sciences through cell ancestry! 


January 2022

Congrats to Dr. Moore for being selected as a KeyStone Fellow! She will join  Scientific Advisory Board meetings for 2022!

Funding

Aug 2022

Dr. Moore becomes the first UF HWCOE faculty member to receive the 3M Non-Tenure Faculty Award! 


July 2022

The Moore Lab was awarded the NIH NIGMS R35 Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) for Early Stage Investigators! This $1.8 million grant will support our efforts in ancestry-centered work in wound healing!


June 2022

Dr. Moore is awarded the Lupus Research Alliance Career Development Award. This $600,000 work focuses on understanding ancestral contributions to monocyte function in lupus!

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Dec 10-12 2022

The Moore Lab held our first Lab Retreat!! We traveled to Bradenton to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and plan for the future! 


Nov and Dec 2022

Congrats to Aakanksha and Justin for passing their preliminary thesis examinations!


Nov 2022

We continued our tradition of our Lab Giving and had a blast celebrating our lab community!


July 6, 2022

Moore Lab celebrates our 2nd Birthday!

2021

Funding

August 16, 2021

Dr. Moore gets awarded private funding to create a bridge in collaboration between UF-FIU. Click here for more details.

Press

July 28, 2021

Congratulations to Holly for being awarded the UF-FIU research fellowship. Check out the press release here.


April 20, 2021

UF Highlights the Moore Lab in a cool video! Check out the video on Twitter or Youtube.


March 2021

‘Rising Star’ shines: Forbes names UF researcher someone to watch for groundbreaking lupus research 

Publications

April 1, 2021

The Moore lab’s first review article titled “Modeled vascular microenvironments: immune-endothelial cell interactions in vitro” was published!


March 31, 2021

Read Justin Silberman’s first published review article titled “Macrophages in microgravity: the impact of space on immune cells”.

Outreach

September, 2021

Graduate students at HWLEE formed WEBiO (Wertheim Engineers’ Biotech Organization).


July 19, 2021

When the students become gurus! Justin, Holly and Aakanksha teach Biomaterials and what the Moore lab does to K-5 Elementary school teachers as part of The University of Florida Multidisciplinary Research Experiences for Teachers (MRET) program.

Communication

November 2-3, 2021

Dr. Moore was an invited speaker at the National Academies of Engineering, Sciences and Medicine Forum.


May 27, 2021

Dr Moore does a panel for CRS GDGE Focus Group on ‘Establishing an academic research program during COVID and beyond’.


January 14, 2021

Inaugural Black Voices in Research Storytelling Event  from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST. The UF CSTI Diversity and Cultural Competence Council (DC3) are providing a platform for black biomedical researchers to amplify their stories and enrich UF’s diverse research community. 

Conferences

October 25-27, 2021

Dr. Moore served as a conference chair for AfroBioTech!


October 12-15, 2021

The Moore Lab presented at BMES 2021! Dr Moore was an invited speaker.

Congrats to Holly and Aakanksha for receiving Travel grants for BMES 2021!


March 26, 2021

Justin, Holly and Aakanksha will be presenting their work at the 10th Annual Biomaterials Day research symposium!


April 20, 2021

UF Highlights the Moore Lab in a cool video! Check out the video on Twitter or Youtube.

Honors & Awards

October 2021

Congrats to Justin for being selected as the MSE department representative for the college student council.


October 2021

Congrats to Aakanksha for receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award for international students!  


October 2021

Congratulations to Justin for being selected for the NextProf Pathfinder program!


March 30, 2021

Congrats to Talia and Jessica who have been selected as University Scholars! 

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July 6, 2021

Moore Lab celebrates its One Year Anniversary!


2020

Funding

July 1, 2020

Dr. Moore was awarded the KL2 grant through UF C.T.S.I.! She is the 3rd engineer and first M.S.E. faculty to receive this award!

Press

December 1, 2020

Read Dr Moore’s chat with Gator Nation News after being named to Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 health care experts to watch in 2021: A “RISING STAR’ SHINES IN FORBES

Publications

July 7, 2020

Dr. Moore and Dr. Elisseeff’s review, titled “The immune system and its contribution to variability in regenerative medicine" was published! Read why it’s critical to consider immunity in all regenerative products!

PRE-2020

Funding

June 23, 2019

Dr. Moore and Dr. Allen are awarded a Space Research Initiative grant to study the interactions of macrophages and endothelial cells in microgravity!

Press

October 26, 2018:

Read about Dr. Moore’s position and the goals of the Moore Lab! Dr Moore was interviewed about her position at UF!