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

UNF’s Biomedical Sciences program in the College of Arts & Sciences is hosting bi-monthly "Research in Progress" virtual seminars to help bring biomedical sciences research-oriented faculty and students together to learn about current, state-of-the-art research.

The Biomedical Sciences program is a 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.

The bi-monthly seminar series will occur throughout the semester and will focus on ongoing research across UNF and the Mayo Clinic laboratories with the goal to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations, publications and grant applications.

Starting in January, the Biomedical Sciences program will host a virtual seminar on the Friday of each month from noon to 1 p.m. Upcoming seminars and speakers include:

January 15, 2021

Dr. Candice Tahimic, assistant professor of biology

  • Title: Spaceflight challenges and solutions to preserve health on Earth and beyond.
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January 29, 2021

Dr. Indika Kahanda, assistant professor of computing

  • Title: Biomedical Natural Language Processing (BioNLP) for Extracting Protein-Phenotype Relations from Text.
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February 12, 2021

Dr. Hugo Guerrero-Cazares, associate professor of neurosurgery, Mayo Clinic

  • Title:  Impact of the Neurogenic Niche on the malignancy of Glioblastoma.
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February 26, 2021

Dr. Samana Shrestha, visiting professor of physics

  • Title: Use of Radiation to enhance cancer killing by using nanoparticles.
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March 12, 2021

Dr. Juan Aceros, associate professor of electrical engineering

  • Title:  Adaptive Toys, Neurodevelopment and Play.
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March 26, 2021

Dr. Albina Mikhaylova, assistant director of the Materials Science and Engineering Research Facility (MSERF)

  • Title: MALDI imaging mass spectrometry for direct tissue analysis: New capabilities at MSERF
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April 2, 2021

Dr. Tyler Grimes, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics

  • Title: Identifying cancer driver genes from differential co-expression networks.
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April 9, 2021

Dr. Michelle DeDeo, associate professor of mathematics and statistics

  • Title: The Socioeconomic Impact of the Opioid Crisis in Northeast Florida.
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For questions and additional information on the upcoming seminars, contact Dr. Ramaswamy Narayanan via email at