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Gabrielle Winters, PhD Candidate, Speaking at Monterey Bay Aquarium


Gabrielle Winters, who is completing her doctoral research in the Moroz Lab, was invited to speak at the Monterey Bay Aquarium this week to Docents, Staff and Supporters of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium. The new Tentacles exhibit showcases the the diversity of cephalopods. Her talk “Cephalopod Neurogenomics” will focus on cephalopod natural history and the focus of…

Leonid Moroz’ Research Featured in Washington Post


The exciting research of Dr. Leonid Moroz and his laboratory were featured in the Washington Post Article and in this recent Associated Press video. Graduate Students Emily Dabe, Gabrielle Winters and Rachel Sanford as well as Moroz Lab Molecular Biologist Dr. Andrea Kohn were featured in the article about his laboratory at sea. UF’s News Release:…

Ocean Frontiers Movie for Earth Day, April 22nd 6:30 pm

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OCEAN FRONTIERS SCREENING IN HONOR OF EARTH DAY   Never before have the world’s oceans been called upon to serve so many, while suffering so much. In order to try and protect ocean resources while recognizing the need to tap into those resources, people around the world have begun using new approaches to ocean management….

New Digital Particle Image Velocimetry System in the Lab

Jimmy Otar Lasersm

The Liao Lab recently acquired a Digital Particle Image Velocimetry (DPIV) system to conduct experiments on fish swimming patterns! This technology uses a laser to illuminate tiny particles in the water, allowing the researchers to visualize flow. Pictured are Dr. Jimmy Liao and Dr. Otar Akanyeti, who were conducting a flow experiment at the Whitney Lab.  

Christine E. Schmidt, PhD Pruitt Family Professor and Chair of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Bioengineering at the University of Florida, will be presenting the public lecture, “Regrowing your body parts” at the Evenings at Whitney Public Lecture Series.

Thursday, April 10th at 7 pm

Location: Whitney CMS Lohman Auditorium

Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd St. Augustine, FL 32080

More info on Dr. Schmidt:

Christine E. Schmidt, PhD   |   Pruitt Family Professor and Chair
University of Florida | J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering


Tissue engineering/regenerative medicine is an emerging multidisciplinary field involving biology, medicine and engineering that is likely to revolutionize the ways we improve the health and quality of life for millions of people by restoring, maintaining or enhancing tissue and organ function.  For the nervous system, damage to spinal cord and peripheral nerve tissue can have a devastating impact for individuals suffering from nerve injuries.  In her lecture, Dr. Schmidt will discuss how her group has developed nerve grafts created by chemical processing of normal intact from natural biological tissue(human cadaver nerves) that do not cause an immune response and therefore are not rejected in patients.

Christine E. Schmidt, Ph.D. is the Pruitt Family Professor and Department Chair of the J. Crayton Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida.  She received her doctorate in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin where she was one of the founding members of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  She conducted postdoctoral research at MIT as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow.

Dr. Schmidt is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering(AIMBE), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as well as other prestigious scientific organizations.  She is the deputy editor and serves on the editorial boards of many biomedical publications.  In addition, she as received numerous research, teaching and advising awards including National Science Foundation CAREER Award and a Whitaker Young Investigator Award.

The Evenings at Whitney are a series of public lectures on current science topics or ongoing research at the Whitney Lab that brings experts in their field to our region.


Masters Degree Achieved!

Cat Smith

Cat Smith, of the Liao Lab, Graduated in December 2013 with a master’s degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation under the advisement of Dr. Debra Murie.