Graduate Students


Justin Silberman (He/Him)

Justin received the prestigious University of Florida’s Graduate School Preeminence Award and is supported by the N.I.H.T32 Regenerative Medicine Training Grant (5T32DK074367-04).

He enjoys running, playing video games, playing guitar, and listening to music. 

Email: jsilberman[at]

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Holly Ryan (She/Her)

Holly is an MD/PhD candidate currently on an UF/FIU Fellowship. She was formerly supported by an N.I.H. Training grant (T32DK101721).

Holly is interested in the immune system’s role in tissue healing and the potential uses for regenerative medicine in surgery. She enjoys archery, reading, drawing, and listening to opera music.

Email: ryanh[at]

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Aakanksha Jha (She/Her)

Aakanksha, our ex-Lab Manager, recent PhD convert, received her MS in Biomedical engineering and is passionate about conducting research in the fields of regenerative medicine and biomaterials. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award for International Students.  

She is also the lead singer of a UF-based band, and loves to dance salsa, travel, and seeks adventure!

Email: aa.jha[at]

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Michele Dill (She/Her)

Michele is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering and a recipient of the NSF GRFP Fellowship. She is interested in the balance between tissue regeneration and fibrosis and taking inspiration from regenerative organisms to apply to wound healing in humans.

She enjoys hiking, reading, crafting, and playing the clarinet.

Email: mdill[a]

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Alison Veintimilla (She/Her)

Alison previously worked with treating and studying communicable pathologies. They received both their undergraduate and masters degree from Brown University. They are currently a Ph.D. student in the Moore lab in pursuit of utilizing biomaterials to leverage an understanding of autoimmune disorders. 

In their spare time, they enjoy activities such as rock-climbing, tennis, and video games.

Email: veintimillalison[a]

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Jithakrishna Prakash (He/Him)

Jithakrishna (Jitha) is a first year MS Biomedical Engineering student. He aims to develop regenerative implants that can work with the host immune system to integrate with the body effectively. 

He enjoys spending time with his friends, playing video games, exercising and travelling. 

Email: jprakash1[at] 

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Nisha Kotta (She/Her)

Nisha is interested in studying autoimmune disease, biomaterials, and regenerative medicine. 

In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, reading, writing, and discovering new music. 

Email: nishakotta[a]

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