Join Us!

This April 18th join us to explore and celebrate pioneering discoveries in life sciences made possible through the instrumental support and expertise offered by ICBR. ICBR Research Day showcases a selection of groundbreaking research endeavors facilitated by ICBR, unveiling the remarkable outcomes achieved by life science researchers across UF.

Immerse yourself in thought-provoking plenary talks followed by captivating Discovery Sessions featuring presentations by UF investigators, showcasing their innovative work bolstered by ICBR resources.

Please make sure to register for ICBR Research Day by April 10th, 2024, to ensure your spot as space is limited. Food, beverages, and name tags will be provided at the event. 

ICBR Research Day will be held at 2033 Mowry Rd, Gainesville FL 32608 in CGRC Room 101.

Poster Session

This in-person event will also provide the opportunity for research poster presentations by undergraduate and graduate students, and postdocs. If you intend to submit an abstract, kindly indicate “yes” while registering, and we will provide you with a link to submit your abstract. The deadline for abstract submission is March 29th. We will notify you about the selection of your abstract by April 8th.

Poster Presentation Awards:

1st Place:
Prize: $1,000 in ICBR Usage Credit

2nd Place:
Prize: $500 in ICBR Usage Credit

These awards will be determined by our judges based on the quality of the posters. Don’t miss your chance to win these valuable prizes and gain recognition for your outstanding research!


8:45am-9:00am: Welcome and Opening Remarks (CGRC Auditorium, Room 101)

9:00am-10:00am: Plenary Session (CGRC Auditorium, Room 101)

  • 9:00am – Dr. Christian Jobin (Professor; Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition; UFHCC Program Co-Director for Immuno-Oncology and Microbiome) – From human fecal bacteria to small molecule therapeutics: A journey through the microbiome
  • 9:30am – Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul (Research Professor; Horticultural Sciences, Program in Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology; Director of ICBR) – Plants use Epigenetic Tools in the Physiological Adaptation to the Novel Environment of Spaceflight

10:00am-10:15am: Coffee Break (CGRC Lobby)

10:15am-11:15am: Discovery Session 1 (CGRC Auditorium, Room 101)

  • 10:15am – Dr. Julie Maupin (Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Microbiology & Cell Science) – Archaeal Proteomics in the Extreme
  • 10:35am – Dr. Jeanine Brady (Professor & Director of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Research Training and Career Development, Department of Oral Biology, College of Dentistry) – Use of antibodies as tools for characterizing and modulating protein structure and antigenicity
  • 10:55am – Dr. Robert McKenna (Professor & Director, Center For Structural Biology, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) – AAV structure-guided capsid design for gene therapy applications

11:15am-11:30am: Break

11:30am-12:30pm: Discovery Session 2 (CGRC Auditorium, Room 101)

  • 11:30am– Dr. Christina Von Roemeling (Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery – Three-dimensional immunohistochemistry to visualize therapeutic AAV geospatial distribution in brain malignancy
  • 11:50am – Dr. Ritu Shekhar (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Renne Lab, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology) – Multiplatform data integration for high-resolution analysis of KSHV transcriptome
  • 12:10pm – Dr. Rowan Milner (Hill’s Endowed Professor of Oncology, Director of Clinical and Translational Research, College of Veterinary Medicine) ICBR supports the CVM Comparative Oncology Program with Spatial Genomics and Bioinformatics

12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch (CGRC Lobby) and Poster Session (CGRC Room 451)

1:30pm-2:30pm: Discovery Session 3 (CGRC Auditorium, Room 101)

  • 1:30pm – Dr. Daniel Czyz (Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Cell Science) – Revising the Waksman Platform
  • 1:50pm – Dr. Lucas Fluegel (Graduate Student in Laboratory of Dr. Ben Shen, Natural Products Discovery Center at UF Scripps) – Filling in the map: Using genome sequencing to create an atlas of natural product diversity
  • 2:10pm – Chris Dervinis (Senior Biologist and Lab Manager, Forest Genomics Group; Department of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences) – Harnessing Core Lab Services at ICBR to Enhance Progress in Loblolly Pine Research

2:30pm-2:45pm: Break (CGRC Lobby) 

2:45pm-3:45pm: Discovery Session 4 (CGRC Auditorium, Room 101)

  • 2:45pm – Dr. Zhonglin Mou (Professor, Department of Microbiology & Cell Science) – Signaling Molecules Help Plants Fight Microbes
  • 3:05pm – Dr. Mei He (Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutics, School of Pharmacy) – Extracellular vesicle isolation, characterization, and applications in biomarkers and therapeutic development
  • 3:25pm – Dr. David Duffy (Rising Star Condron Family Endowed Assistant Professor of Wildlife Disease Genomics, Whitney Laboratory of Marine Biosciences) – Genomic Discovery From Thin Air: Applying deep sequencing to environmental DNA for biodiversity, wildlife and health applications

3:45pm-4:00pm: Poster Awards & Closing Remarks (CGRC Auditorium, Room 101)

Registration is now closed.