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Dr. Eric Coker & His Team set to Receive EPA Grant for Research on PFAS Exposure

Project Title: Building Resilience to PFAS Exposure on Vulnerable Coastal Communities Prone to Extreme Weather Floods: Brevard County FL as a Case Study Investigators: Deliz Quiñones, Katherine (PI); Coker, Eric; Bonzongo, Jean Claude; Bowden, John; Jutla, Antarpreet  Background: Over the past few decades per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination has grown…

EGH Stands with Change

Just as the coronavirus pandemic has laid bare the persistent racial inequalities that severely disadvantage Black people in the United States, the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police officers, are tragic reminders of the systemic racism and injustices faced by Black people in…

Dr. Afsar Ali and Dr. Eric Nelson published in PNAS

Dr. Afsar Ali, Research Associate Professor for EGH and the Emerging Pathogens Institute, and Dr. Eric Nelson, Assistant Professor, were published in PNAS for their research in “Toxigenic Vibrio cholerae evolution and establishment of reservoirs in aquatic ecosystems.” In the article from EPI below, read more about his research and…

EGH personnel help form a high capacity COVID-19 lab in only 10 Days

Once COVID-19 began its spread across Florida, and as testing became less and less accessible, a team of researchers, students and lab technicians collaborated to build a high capacity testing research lab in the Emerging Pathogens Institute with only a 10-day timeline. To read more about the behind the…

Newly Published Results from the Lab of Anthony Maurelli

On February 18th, 2020, Dr. Anthony Maurelli’s research, “Chlamydial MreB Directs Cell Division and Peptidoglycan Synthesis in Escherichia coli in the Absence of FtsZ Activity,” was published in American Society for Microbiology’s mBio journal. Through the work done in his lab, Dr. Maurelli and his team were…

Dr. Eric Coker Published in Environment International

Dr. Coker’s article, Household Air Pollution Profiles Associated with Persistent Childhood Cough in Urban Ugana, is now on view at this link. A preview of the background of Dr. Coker’s study: “Most household air pollution (HAP) interventions in developing countries of sub-Saharan Africa have focused on a single source,…

Dr. Lednicky Educates Reddit on the Coronavirus on an AMA

On Thursday, January 30th, our very own microbiologist, Dr. John Lednicky, ran his first Reddit Ask Me Anything during the time of the Coronavirus outbreak. By the time the session ended, there were 650 likes and more than 150 comments…making it UF Research’s most active live AMA session to…

Dr. Sabo-Attwood Awarded University Term Professorship

On Friday June 21st, Dr. Michael Perri, Dean of the College of Public Health and Health Professions, announced that Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health, was awarded a University Term Professorship Award. Each academic year, 250 Term Professorships are distributed among…

Masters Student Receives Fellowship with CDC

Andres Manrique to intern with CDC for Emerging Infectious Disease RISE Fellowship MHS in One Health student, Mr. Andres Manrique was awarded the James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases RISE Fellowship. This fellowship offers students the opportunity to gain valuable public health skills in applied research through collaborations…

MHS in One Health Students Present Capstone Research Experience

This spring, three of our MHS in One Health students completed their Capstone Research Experience and presented about their experiences and findings to faculty, staff, and students in the department. This project is the final piece of the MHS curriculum and is typically completed during the last semester…

Maurelli Lab Attends Chlamydia Basic Research Society Meeting

The Maurelli lab attended the Chlamydia Basic Research Society (CBRS) meeting in the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington, March 18-21. This biennial conference began in 2003 and is the premier venue for Chlamydia scientists from across the globe to exchange their latest results. Presentations in the form of short talks and posters…

EGH Researchers Find Diarrhoeal Infections May Have Long-Lasting Effects

Mirna Amaya, One Health Ph.D. student, Lindsey Laytner, a recent EGH graduate, and Karoun Bagamian, EGH affiliate faculty, contributed to a recently published article concerning the cause of moderate to severe diarrhoea in children under five. The article titled, “Burden of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli and shigella non-fatal diarrheal infections in…

Dr. Eric Coker Awarded UFIC Global Fellowship

The University of Florida International Center awarded Dr. Eric Coker, an EGH professor, a competitive fellowship in the Global Fellows Program. This program promotes and supports faculty conducting research with an international reach. As a fellow, Dr. Coker will be mentored by Dr. Sarah McKune, who has significant…

Dr. Andy Kane Recognized for Community-Engagement Science in Gulf Coast

The University of Florida Healthy Gulf, Healthy Communities (HGHC) team was awarded the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award, which recognizes colleges and universities that redesign learning, discovery, and engagement missions to become more involved in their communities. HGHC worked to address the human health effects of the…

Dr. Song Liang to be an Advisor to the World Health Organization

Dr. Song Liang, an associate professor at the Department of Environmental & Global Health, has been invited to join the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Guidelines Development Group (GDG) as an advisor. The GDG is in the process of developing guidelines on the implementation of control and elimination of…

Faculty Delivers Keynote Address at International Wind River Conference

Anthony Maurelli, Ph.D., a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health, delivered a keynote address at the 62nd Annual Wind River Conference on Prokaryotic Biology in Estes Park, CO on June 14, 2018. This international meeting highlights research investigating the biology and pathology of prokaryotic and lower eukaryotic…

Emerging Virus in Venezuela Uncovered by EGH Researcher

Gaby Blohm, a Post-Doctoral Associate, working in the Lednicky Lab at the University of Florida In 2016, during a zika virus disease outbreak in Venezuela, a young girl arrived at a hospital showing signs of a fever, rash, and joint pains. The patient’s plasma was sent to Colombia where…

EGH Goes Global: UF in Haiti

The Department of Environmental and Global Health (EGH) is proud to offer the first study abroad program in Haiti for undergraduate students at the University of Florida! Caitlyn Parente and Dr. Liz Wood hike through the Haitian countryside during data collection.   UF students learn to cook…

UF Researchers Solve Chlamydia Mystery; Reveal Possible New Drug Target

The research team, led by Dr. Anthony Maurelli, of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, that resolved the 60-year-old Chlamydia anomaly has solved another long-standing mystery of this important bacterial pathogen. Chlamydia trachomatis is the leading cause of bacteria sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the United…

EGH Celebrates National Environmental Health Day 2018

Wednesday, April 4th, the Department of Environmental and Global Health celebrated Environmental Health Day. This day is recognized nation-wide as part of National Public Health Week. Students in the department collaborated with Public Health Student Association (PHSA) to organize a tabling event in the college’s courtyard. Students could…

Dr. Liz Wood publishes article in Food and Nutrition Research

Dr. Liz Wood, PhD, recently published an article titled “Household decision-making around food in rural Tajikistan: a cross-sectional study to help extension workers in the field” in Food & Nutrition Research. Dr. Wood co-wrote the article with Katharine McNamara, a PhD student in the Department of Environmental and Global Health,…

One Health student tackles small ruminant plague in Uganda

“If their animals die, these people can’t eat. They can’t afford to take their kids to school. They can’t afford medicine. We want to help protect their livelihoods.” – Emi Moore Moore presents work at EPI Research day after return from Uganda. On January 26th, Emi Moore, traveled from Gainesville, Florida to the…

One Health Student Rebecca Austin-Datta becomes CDC Science Ambassador Fellow

One Health PhD Student, Rebecca Austin-Datta, was recently invited to join the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Science Ambassador. This fellowship is highly coveted, with 174 applications submitted from 34 states and 5 countries in this cycle alone. Rebecca is 1 of 30 applicants who was…

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood appointed to Smithsonian

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood, Chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health, was recently appointed as a Research Associate with the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington DC. Research Associates are nominated by a member of the Smithsonian’s Research Staff and are considered scholarly affiliates…

MPH Student, Marissa Valentine-King “Rocked” Public Health in 2017

Environmental and Global Health student, Marissa Valentine King, was recognized by the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice for the Students Who Rocked Public Health 2017. This is the second year that students contributions to the Public Health field were recognized by the publication. Valentine King, a PhD…

EGH Faculty meet Mayor of Jacmel

Several faculty members from the Department of Environmental and Global Health met and spoke with Marky Kessa, Mayor of Jacmel, Haiti during his recent visit to Gainesville. Jacmel is a longtime sister city of Gainesville, and Mayor Kessa was in town to attend the Greater Gainesville International Gala, on Saturday, December 9. Dr.

MHS student, Nick Dowhaniuk, publishes article with National Geographic

Environmental and Global Health MHS student, Nick Dowhaniuk, recently published “Sleeping on fire: A trip to Africa’s most dangerous volcano, in an active conflict zone” for National Geographic. As part of his work as a National Geographic Explorer, Dowhaniuk traveled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is home to Africa’s most active volcano,…

Dr. Sabo-Attwood Participates in a Leadership Event for African Women

The Society for Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Africa Conference hosted a workshop on women’s leadership in Calabar, Nigeria October 18, 2017. The event hosted 3 speakers, Dr. Artie Gerts from the Alterra Wageningen University and Research Centre, Netherlands, Dr Tara Sabo-Attwood from the Department of Environmental and Global Heath, University…

Transport, the Environment, and Public Health in China

In a paper published in the October 14 issue of the Lancet, Dr. Song Liang, an associate professor at the Department of Environmental and Global Health, joined with an international team consisting of experts in the fields of medicine, environmental health science, transportation safety,…

Dr. Sarah McKune published in the Journal of Health Communication

Dr. Sarah McKune recently published “The Opposite of Denial: Social Learning at the Onset of the Ebola Emergency in Liberia” in the Journal of Health Communication.As part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers from UF, Rutgers University, and the World Health Organization, Dr. Sarah McKune analyzed findings from…

One Health PhD Candidate Published in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Marissa Valentine-King, a PhD candidate in the Department of Environmental and Global Health had her latest work, “Antibacterial Resistance in Ureaplasma species and Mycoplasma hominis Isolates from Urine Cultures in College-aged Females,” featured in a press release by the American Society of Microbiology after publication in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy…

Team reports case of locally acquired dengue fever that occurred in Gainesville in 2016

Dr. Sarah White, a post-doctoral associate working with Dr. John Lednicky at the Dept. of EGH, and co-investigators Drs. Iovine and Nickels (UF Health/Shands Hospital) and Dr. Glenn Morris (Emerging Pathogens Institute) have revealed the first known laboratory-confirmed case of locally acquired dengue fever in Gainesville, Florida, which occurred in…

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood awarded prestigious Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood was selected as one of only 54 candidates for the highly competitive Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM)®  Program at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). ELAM®  is “the premier national program preparing women in medical, dental and public health schools for the highest…

Congratulations EGH Departmental Award Winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners of our three Environmental and Global Health Department Awards: EGH Outstanding MPH Student Award: Alyssa C. Simons, MPH EGH Outstanding PHD Student Research Award: Sarah White, PhD EGH Outstanding MHS Student Award: Katharine McNamara, MHS  …

EGH Postdoc awarded for Poster Presentation

Maha Elbadry, 2015 EGH PhD graduate and current postdoctoral researcher, recently received Best in Group for Poster Presentations at UF’s Postdoc Research Symposium. The symposium aims to promote the research of UF postdocs as well as provide avenues for professional development. Dr. Elbadry presented her work on submicroscopic malaria infections…

Dr. John Lednicky participates in a Mitre Corporation sponsored workshop in Washington, DC

Dr. John Lednicky and 4 other world renowned virologists were invited to give ‘state-of-the-science’ presentations at a workshop in Washington, DC that was hosted by the Mitre Corporation. The Mitre Corporation is an American not-for-profit organization that manages Federally Funded Research and Development Centers supporting several U.S. government agencies.  Titled…