UF Research Foundation names 2024 professors

The University of Florida Research Foundation has named 34 of the university’s most productive and promising faculty members as UFRF Professors for 2024.

“This recognition goes to faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields,” said David Norton, UF’s vice president for research. “UFRF Professors earn significant grants; publish in the leading journals in their field; hold university leadership positions; and contribute to the university in countless other ways.”

The UFRF Professors were recommended by their college deans based on nominations from their department chairs, a personal statement and an evaluation of their recent research accomplishments as evidenced by publications in scholarly journals, external funding, honors and awards, development of intellectual property and other measures appropriate to their field of expertise.

The three-year award includes a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a one-time $3,000 grant. The professorships are funded from the university’s share of royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products.

UF Research will recognize the new UFRF Professors during an event in the fall.

This year’s UFRF Professors are listed below:

College of the Arts

Laura Ellis
Professor of Organ and Carillon

Warrington College of Business

Klodiana Lanaj
Martin L. Schaffel Professor of Management

College of Dentistry

Frank Gibson
Associate Professor of Oral Biology

College of Design, Construction, and Planning

Charles Hailey 
Professor of Architecture

College of Education

Maya Israel
Associate Professor and Center Director of CSEveryone Center for Computer Science Education of School of Teaching and Learning

Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Swarup Bhunia
Semmoto Endowed Professor of Internet of Things and Director of the Warren B. Nelms Institute of the Connected World of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department

Lily Elefteriadou
Barbara Goldsby Distinguished Professor of Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment

Daniel Ferris
Robert W. Adenbaum Professor of J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering

Timothy Townsend
Professor of Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and Environment

Florida Museum of Natural History

Michal Kowalewski
Curator and Jon L. and Beverly A. Thompson Chair of Invertebrate Paleontology

College of Health and Human Performance

Jalie Tucker
Mary F. Lane Endowed Professor of Health Education and Behavior

Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences (IFAS)

Yiannis Ampatzidis
Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Zhanao Deng
Professor of Environmental Horticulture

Mariola Ferraro
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Cell Science

Grady Roberts
Professor; Distinguished Teaching Scholar of Agricultural Education and Communication

Nian Wang
Professor; Mr. and Mrs. J.R. (Rip) Graves Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Biotechnology

College of Journalism and Communications

Huan Chen
Chair and Associate Professor of Advertising

Levin College of Law

Wentong Zheng
Professor of Law

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Jillian Hernandez
Associate Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Kenneth Kidd
Professor of English

Todd Palmer
Professor of Biology

Sadie Ryan
Associate Professor of Geography

Lisa Scott
Professor of Psychology

Adrienne Strong
Associate Professor of Anthropology

Olivier Walther
Associate Professor of Geography

College of Medicine

Stephen Anton
Professor of Physiology and Aging

Eduardo Candelario-Jalil
Professor of Neuroscience

Sara Nixon
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry

Mingyi Xie
Associate Professor Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

College of Nursing

Debra Lyon
Professor and Kirbo Endowed Chair of Behavioral Nursing Science

College of Pharmacy

Larisa Cavallari
Professor and Debbie DeSantis Term Professor of Pharmacotherapy & Translational Research

College of Public Health and Health Professions

David Fuller
Professor of Physical Therapy

Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation and Technology

Gavin Rumbaugh 
Professor of Neuroscience

College of Veterinary Medicine

Rhoel Dinglasan
Professor of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

Joseph Kays May 10, 2024