2020 Summer Edition

Spring Synergy 2020

One of the many highlights of our Spring Synergy celebration of research each year is our poster presentation session, showcasing the research projects of our pre-dental students, D.M.D. and master’s program residents and those research endeavors of our Ph.D. students.

While our 2020 Spring Synergy festivities were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, we still wanted to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of all of the poster presentation registrants.

The UF Office of Research held virtual judging of all abstracts, and we want to offer a special thank you to all of the participants for your commitment to the advancement of research. We truly appreciate all of your submissions, and look forward to celebrating research in person together next year.

A full list of winners for each category can be found here.

Research Honors

Congratulations to all Research Honors & High Research Honors Recipients for 2020! This year, awards were announced at the virtual senior banquet. 

Senior dental students who have engaged in various types of research during their 4-year DMD program may be eligible for one of the two research honors awards. The student must have contributed substantially to a research project during their tenure in dental school, as well as provide a copy of a published article or manuscript that is ready for submission to a scientific journal. This year, two students were awarded Research Honors, and three were awarded High Research Honors.

For High Research Honors, the awardees were Kyulim Lee, who worked with mentor Dr. Robert Burne, and Natalie Ateyo, who worked with mentor Dr. Bernadette Papp. Natalie also received the Quintessence Award for Research Achievement. Seung Jin James, who worked with mentor Dr. Zsolt Toth, also received High Research Honors, but will not receive his plaque until 2021 when he is a senior. 

For Research Honors, the awardees were Lauren Arguelles, who worked with mentor Dr. Marcelle Nascimento, and Eric Rabinowitz, who worked with mentor Dr. Jose Lemos. Eric also received the Pierre Fauchard Academy Award for Research. 

Congratulations again to all of these hardworking students and their faculty mentors!


Upcoming Deadlines and Events

NIH Proposal Submission deadlines can be found here.

Additionally, please keep in mind the following upcoming UFCD internal deadlines:

                  New R01                                                                              September 30, 2020
                  New R21 and R03                                                               October 14, 2020
                  Renew, Resubmissions, Revisions R01                              November 3, 2020
                  Renew, Resubmissions, Revision R21 and R03                 November 12, 2020

Staff Updates

On January 21st, 2020, the Office of Research's own Kathy Galloway retired after serving over 36 years at the University of Florida. Her retirement was celebrated with a reception on January 28th at the HPNP Atrium.

Since her retirement, Kathy has remained in contact with the Office of Research team, keeping us up to date on how she is spending her free time. 

We hope she enjoys her retirement! 


Dr. Luis Martinez will be working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Biology.

Dr. Martinez earned a B.S. in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, a M.S. in Microbiology from Long Island University-Brooklyn, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY.

His research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms of brain invasion by the AIDS-associated Cryptococcus neoformans and the interactions of this encapsulated fungus with cells of the central nervous system including microglia, astrocytes, and neurons. 

Welcome Dr. Martinez!

Announcements and Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Related Funding Opportunities

Several research funding opportunities related to COVID-19 are still available! 

Notices published through NIDRC related to COVID-19 research:

NOT-DE-20-022 Notice of Special Interest (NOSI):  Availability of Urgent Competitive Revisions and Administrative Supplements for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Research within the Mission of NIDCR. Allows for within (admin supp) and out of scope (competitive revision) projects to existing NIDCR grants (only a subset of mechanisms are eligible). Emphasis is on immediate and high impact research to protect and ensure the safety of personnel and patients in dental practices, prevent SARS-COV-2 transmission and improve detection and diagnosis of COVID-19, and understand SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis.

NOT-DE-20-023 Notice of Special Interest (NOSI):  Infrastructure Access for Research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Conducted in the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Allows researchers to tap into the PBRN with COVID-19 research.

NOT-DE-20-024 Notice of Additional Receipt Dates for PAR-20-073 National Dental Practice-Based Research Network Infrastructure Access (X01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed).

Upcoming receipt date for these NOSIs is November 2, 2020.

Additional funding opportunities relating to COVID-19 are available. For the full announcement and more information on each of the NIH funding initiatives, please visit the NIH website, found here. 


Congratulations to the new UFCD University Scholar Students and their mentors! 

Shivani Patel – Dr. Shannon Holliday
Jason Liu – Dr. Yenisel Cruz-Almeida
Nidhi Patel – Dr. Josephine Esquivel-Upshaw
Heba El-Ahmad – Dr. Ann Progulske-Fox

These undergraduate juniors and seniors will be working on a research project with the assistance of their faculty mentor. 


New NIDCR Funding opportunities can be found here. 



Did you know that you can request a personalized search for funding? The UF Division of Research Program Development of the Office of Research provides a search service to help University of Florida faculty members identify external support for their specific research projects. For more information, visit the UF DRPD website!

For more information or to look at past newsletters,
visit our website: www.research.dental.ufl.edu