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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.

Alumni: Sonam Lasopa

College of Public Health and Health Professions
College of Medicine
Class of 2015

After serving as a mental health professional in her native Sikkim, India, Sonam Lasopa came to UF for her doctoral training through an NIH Fogarty International Center grant. She hopes to apply the research methods she learns here for the assessment and treatment of issues like substance use and suicide in Sikkim. When asked what philosophy guides her education, Lasopa quoted Gandhi. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Graduate-student: Daniel Kruel

College of Design, Construction and Planning
Graduate Student

Born in Brazil, Daniel Kruel moved with his family to South Florida at the age of 7. While earning his undergraduate degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, he worked with Envision Heritage – a UF Historic Preservation initiative. His senior capstone project focused on the integration of 3D laser scanning technology in the sustainability and preservation process. Now a graduate student at UF’s Urban and Regional Planning program, Kruel has also volunteered at Porter’s Community Farm and tutored at Micanopy Library.

Faculty: Janet Yamamoto

College of Veterinary Medicine
Professor of Retroviral Immunology

While there is currently no HIV vaccine, progress is being made. Thanks to Janet Yamamoto, a professor of retroviral immunology at the College of Veterinary Medicine and UF CARES collaborator, a vaccine is on the horizon. After co-discovering the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and developing the first FIV vaccine, she’s taking what she’s learned and applying it to HIV. The discoveries made by researchers like Yamamoto could one day be the key to unlocking a human vaccine.

For the Gator Good

The challenges facing our world are bigger than one person. One
organization. One university. The Gator Good is our
campaign to combine those efforts and solve those global problems.
Because together, our impact is greater.

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