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UNF Biomedical Sciences program to host monthly "Research in Progress" virtual seminars

UNF’s Biomedical Sciences program in the Biology department Anatomical human drawing on a bright blue backgroundin the College of Arts & Sciences is hosting monthly "Research in Progress" virtual seminars throughout the fall semester to help bring biomedical sciences research-oriented faculty and students together to learn about current, state-of-the-art research.

The monthly seminar series will focus on ongoing research across UNF and the Mayo Clinic laboratories, and aim to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations, publications and grant applications. Starting in September, the Biomedical Sciences program will host a virtual seminar the second Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m.

Upcoming seminars and speakers include:

September 11, 2020

Dr. Amy L. Lane, associate professor and director for Advancement of Women in Natural Sciences

  • Title: Unleashing the biochemical and biomedical potential of marine bacteria.
  • Research Interests: Drug discovery, marine natural product, biosynthesis, marine microbiology, chemical ecology, metabolomics


October 9, 2020

Dr. Judith Ochrietor, associate professor and assistant chair of the department of Biology

  • Title: The role of Basigin in metabolic gene expression during the inflammatory response of monocytes
  • Research Interests: Cellular metabolism, Neural retina, innate immunity, molecular biology, biochemistry


November 13, 2020

Dr. Jason T.  Haraldsen, associate professor of Physics

  • Title: Theoretical investigations into DNA sequencing using atomistic 2D materials
  • Research Interests: Density Functional Theory, Atomistic and Quantum Modeling, Correlation Dynamics, Biotechnology, DNA translocation, Medical Theory and Mechanism


December 11, 2020

Dr. Santanu Bhattacharya, assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mayo Clinic & Research Faculty

  • Title: Biomechanics of cell membrane using atomic force microscope.
  • Research Interests: Targeted drug delivery, Pancreatic cancer, Nanomedicine, Biosensor, Biomechanics, Extracellular vesicles

The Biomedical Sciences program is a new cross-disciplinary initiative within UNF. Partnerships with hospitals, research institutes, biotech industry and other universities are projected, and the research conducted by faculty in the program contributes to fields such as biotechnology, bioinformatics, drug discovery, genomics and healthcare. Major research themes revolve around aging and neuroscience, biocomputing and healthcare, biomedicine and drug discovery.

If you’re interesting in viewing any seminar in the series, contact Dr. Ramaswamy Narayanan via email at to gain access to Zoom links and Meeting IDs.