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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.

Faculty: Julie Meyer

Research Assistant Professor

Julie Meyer's research focuses on the role of microbial interactions in the health and stability of coral reefs and is performed in collaboration with the Smithsonian Marine Station. She is researching how shifts in coral microbiota are associated with Black Band Disease, which kills healthy tissue in many different species of reef-building corals. In 2015, Meyer was one of five women in the country awarded L’Oreal USA's $60,000 Fellowship for Women in Science.

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.”

Staff: Daniel Kruel

College of Design, Construction and Planning
Graduate Research Assistant

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 research assistant in historic preservation at UF, Kruel has also volunteered at Porter’s Community Farm and tutored at Micanopy Library.


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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