Centers & Programs

College of Medicine

The Lake Nona campus is home to a division of the College of Medicine that focuses on infections disease research.  A team of faculty, researchers and staff work together on continued advancements and grant-funded research in their fields.

Institute for Therapeutic Innovation

Institute for Therapeutic Innovation Laboratory
Institute for Therapeutic Innovation Laboratory

The Institute for Therapeutic Innovation in the UF College of Medicine focuses on developing anti‐infective therapies for pathogens of public health importance, including diseases such as Covid-19, Zika, MRSA, dengue, hepatitis C, HIV, influenza and mycobacterium tuberculosis. Support for their work is provided by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, the pharmaceutical industry and foundations. The facilities include Biosafety Level 2- and Biosafety Level 3-certified laboratories, specialized facilities designed so researchers can work safely with these infectious pathogens to design potential treatments. These laboratories have guidelines that help maintain a secure environment for the research, researchers and adjacent communities, while allowing scientists to create therapies for some of today’s most challenging infectious diseases.

College of Pharmacy

Our campus houses a nationally ranked (Top 5) Doctorate in Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program, world-class research facilities, and a team of faculty, researchers, and staff dedicated to advancing the field of pharmaceutics and improving public health.

Center for Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics Faculty and Staff
Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology Faculty and Staff

Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology

Researchers in The Center for Pharmacometrics and Systems Pharmacology are solving major public health problems through biosimulation – bridging the disciplines of pharmacometrics and system pharmacology to predict how patients may react to a drug in a virtual environment.  Using computer simulation and mathematical modeling, UF scientists are taking large amounts of data to build virtual models and test drug outcomes without embarking on expensive and timely clinical trials.

Translational Infectious Disease Research Program

Translational Infectious Disease Research Program
Translational Infectious Disease Research Program

The Translational Infectious Disease Research Program is developing innovative strategies on combating multidrug-resistant bacterial superbugs. These ‘superbugs’ are resistant to most or all antibiotics and present one of the three most serious threats to human health in the US and worldwide. To combat this substantial global health crisis, the dynamic antimicrobial research team at Lake Nona is developing innovative antibiotic combination therapies which can successfully treat infections by these ‘superbugs.’ This team is headed by Dr. Jürgen Bulitta who is an internationally recognized expert in antimicrobial pharmacology, latest in vitro infection models, and translational mechanistic modeling.

Cancer Research Education and Engagement (CaRE²) Health Equity Center

CaRE2 Health Equity Center Faculty

The UF Cancer Research and Education, or CaRE², Health Equity Center was established in October 2018 through the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity U54 program, part of the NCI Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) initiative.   It brings together unique expertise and resources from UF, FAMU and USC in synergistic partnership to advance science that improves cancer health equity among Black and Latinos in Florida and California.  The diverse investigative team focuses on generating, translating and disseminating knowledge to reduce cancer disparities among bicoastal subpopulations of Blacks and Latinos.  The team is headed by Dr. Folakemi Odedina and Dr. Diana Wilkie, PI and Program Directors.

Pharm.D. Programs

Lake Nona College of Pharmacy

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 pharmacy college in Florida and in the Top 5 nationally, the University of Florida College of Pharmacy is training the next generation of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists at its Orlando campus. Students enrolled in the Doctor of Pharmacy program benefit from an innovative curriculum which prepares them to be leaders in the pharmacy profession, while graduate students and trainees contribute to scientific advances by performing cutting-edge research. Award-winning faculty in Orlando work personally with students and trainees to help them achieve their professional and academic goals.