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Whatever you’ve got your sights set on, that’s merely the beginning. As a Gator you’ll learn to see beyond the horizon. We measure success not in individual achievement, but where you go from there. Because when reaching your goals is just the starting point, there’s no end to what Gators can accomplish.

Researcher: Leonid Moroz

Whitney Laboratory and McKnight Brain Institute
Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience

When UF neurobiologist Leonid Moroz takes his boat, the Ship-Seq, out to sea, his prey is information, not marlin. The Ship-Seq is equipped with a gene-sequencing lab that enables him to perform on-board analysis of DNA and RNA from zooplankton and jellyfish. He recently was awarded a four-year grant award from the National Science Foundation to fund his research.

Alumni: Kim Kaupe

Warrington College of Business
Class of 2008

Just three short years after graduating from UF, Kim launched her own music merchandising startup called ZinePak. The company has gone on to create custom memorabilia for major artists ranging from KISS to Katy Perry. She and company co-founder Brittany Hodak competed on ABC 's “Shark Tank,” where they secured offers from four of five sharks. Kaupe is also the board chair of the Andrus Family Fund, an organization dedicated to ​creating a better future for vulnerable youth affected by the foster care and juvenile justice systems.

Researcher: Lorena De Mena

College of Medicine
Postdoctoral Associate

Born in the Spanish province of Asturias, De Mena “fell in love” with genetics in high school and went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Oviedo (Spain). She joined UF in 2014 and was recently awarded the Life Sciences Research Foundation fellowship sponsored by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. De Mena will receive $180,000 in research funding over a period of three years. When she is not in the lab, De Mena enjoys water sports and hiking in the “beautiful Florida weather.”


We are not content to rest. We aspire to solve grand challenges, and in doing so, to propel UF to the very top tier of public universities.
Our Go Greater campaign is an investment not only in the future of our state, nation and world,
but also in YOU.

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