Faculty, Staff, Students

Adam C Knapp

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Adam C Knapp

Research Scientist

Phone:

(352) 273-8718

Luis Sordo Vieira

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Luis Sordo Vieira

Assistant Professor Of Medicine

Phone:

(352) 273-8737

Melody A Walker

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Melody A Walker

Postdoctoral Associate

Phone:

(352) 273-8718

Daniel A Cruz

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Daniel A Cruz

Postdoctoral Associate

Phone:

(352) 273-8738

Reinhard Laubenbacher

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Reinhard Laubenbacher

Director

Phone:

(352) 294-2350

T.J. Sego

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

T.J. Sego

Assistant Professor Of Medicine

Phone:

(352) 273-8738

Baylor Fain

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Baylor Fain

Postdoctoral Associate

Phone:

(352) 273-8738

Ivan Ramirez Zuniga

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Ivan Ramirez Zuniga

Postdoctoral Associate

Phone:

(352) 273-8738

Henrique de Assis Lopes Ribeiro

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Henrique de Assis Lopes Ribeiro

Research Assistant Professor

Phone:

(352) 273-8718

Helen Moore

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Helen Moore

Associate Professor

Phone:

(352) 273-9552

Skylar Grey

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Skylar Grey

Postdoctoral Associate

Phone:

(352) 273-8738

Barbara J Martin

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Barbara J Martin

Administrative Specialist I

Phone:

(352) 273-8718

Mahya Aghaee

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Mahya Aghaee

Postdoctoral Associate

Phone:

(352) 273-8738

Jason Cory Brunson

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Jason Cory Brunson

Research Assistant Professor

Phone:

(352) 273-8718

Luis L Fonseca

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Luis L Fonseca

Research Assistant Professor

Phone:

(352) 273-7903

Byungjoon Min

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Byungjoon Min

Courtesy Faculty

James R Brown

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

James R Brown

Courtesy Professor

Phone:

(352) 273-8738

Lucas Böttcher

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Lucas Böttcher

Courtesy Professor

Phone:

(352) 273-8738

Filippo Castiglione

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Filippo Castiglione

Courtesy Faculty

Phone:

(352) 273-8738

Anna Konstorum

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Anna Konstorum

Courtesy Professor

Phone:

(352) 273-8718

Karen Schlauch

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Karen Schlauch

CO RES PROF

Phone:

(352) 273-8738

Graduate Students

Bhuvan Chandra Muvva

Department:

MD-PULMONARY SYSTEMS MEDICINE

Bhuvan Chandra Muvva

STU AST – NON-CLERICAL & ADMIN

Phone:

(352) 740-5993

Science Writing Intern

Science Writing Intern

Leila Barket

I am a second-year undergraduate at the University of Florida majoring in Journalism and minoring in Public Relations. I work under Dr. Reinhard Laubenbacher and Dr. Czerne Reid as a Science Communication Intern at the Laboratory for Systems Medicine (LSM). I collaborate within an interdisciplinary team to engage specific audiences and craft outreach methods for the LSM’s development of medical digital twins—virtual replicas of patients using personal health data. These twins aid in diagnosing and treating conditions like cancer, diabetes, and stroke. With previous experience as an intern in the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and in the field of public relations, I plan to enhance my communication and collaboration skills to showcase the LSM’s innovative approaches to healthcare.

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Undergraduate & High School Students

Sharanya Chatterjee

10th grade at Freedom High School

Project: Effects of hypoxia on the endothelium

Mentors: Dr. Ribeiro and Dr. Walker

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Isabella Delbakhsh

10th grade at Lake Highland Preparatory 

Project: Shear stress effects on the endothelium

Mentors: Dr. Ribeiro and Dr. Walker

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Sofia John

I am a third-year Statistics major and Women’s Studies minor at UF. I have been working on a project to create an agent-based model of bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis with Dr. Sordo Vieira and Dr. Wheeler. It is our hope with this model to be able to better understand the mechanisms which induce fibrosis in the lungs. My interest in computational modeling began in high school after I participated in an internship with the Integrated Mathematical Oncology department at Moffitt Cancer Center. There I worked on differential equations to model dormancy in multiple myeloma with Dr. Miller and Dr. Basanta. Outside of research, I volunteer in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU and the Pediatric ICU at Shands Children’s Hospital through a student organization called Dream Team and I also work with the Alachua County Victim Services and Rape Crisis Center as a helpline volunteer.

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Bhavya Kambara

I am an 11th grader at Land O’ Lakes High School, where I am a part of the IB programme. I currently work with Dr. Moore in researching how mathematical equations and computer science can be used to model diseases such as sarcoidosis. With these models, we hope to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of diseases within patients. I plan to pursue a pre-med path after graduating high school to integrate my passion for medicine and helping people into a career.

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Achyudhan Kutuva

I am a second-year undergraduate student at the University of Florida double majoring in Microbiology and Cell Sciences, Data Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I currently work with Dr. Ribeiro to investigate gene regulation and expression in lung-based epithelial cells in response to COVID-19 to develop a Boolean network model. This model will tie together various signaling pathways of inflammation response to stochastically understand the biological effects of the novel coronavirus.

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Abhinav Penmetcha

I am a Biology major and Bioinformatics minor at UF and will be graduating in May 2024. I am working with Dr. Brunson on a project to analyze the relationships between race/ethnicity, socioeconomic determinants of health, clinical profiles, and post-transplant survival in lung transplant patients through statistical modeling. With these models, we hope to gain a better understanding of the set of interaction effects between these variables to gauge the historical and current statuses of disparities in lung transplantation.

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Chhavi Pokharna

I am an 11th grader at Orlando Science High School. Currently, I am working with Dr. Moore on a project on a disease known as Sarcoidosis for which we will be creating a mathematical model to better understand the illness in patients. After high school, I plan on going into medicine to pursue my career and follow my passion of helping others. 

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Giuseppe Scibilia

I am a freshman at The University of Florida currently studying mathematics. I am working with Dr. Moore to create a model of the microenvironment that interacts with myeloma cells. This model will be created by determining equations which modeling the kinetics of the microenvironment. With this, we hope to find new signaling pathways essential to myeloma cells which we can block using medication. We can then simulate millions of trials using our model, varying multiple elements of the treatment process, with the goal of determining a new, or optimizing a current, treatment regimen for multiple myeloma.

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Former Lab Members

Adi Cohen

I graduated from the University of Florida pre-med program with a major in Biology and minors in Disabilities in Society and Health Disparities in Society. I worked with Dr. Brunson on a systematic review of medical literature to determine how patient similarity–based individualized modeling is conducted using retrospective data. I currently attend Nova Southeastern University for medical school to further my passion for medicine and healthcare.

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Ryan Elkind

I am a third-year Mathematics and Economics double major at the University of Florida, with a mathematical background in topological data analysis. I am working with Dr. Brunson on an analysis of the structure and function of glomerular capillaries. Using computational methods, we aim to characterize the three-dimensional structure of the glomerular capillary network, with the objective of providing useful insight into glomerular function.

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Nobel Chowdary Mandepudi

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Bruce Shapiro

I was Research Assistant Professor in the Laboratory for Systems Medicine. I managed the standup of the lab’s physical presence in the College of Medicine and tracked all room remodeling from inception to completion. I am currently Associate Professor of Mathematics at Rock Valley College.

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Yara N Skaf

Areas of Interest:
Biomedical informatics
Computational biology
Mathematical data science
Topological Data Analysis (TDA)

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Igor Sokolov

I am a UF class of 2023 mathematics major with a physics minor working with Dr. Brunson and Dr. Sordo Vieira on creating a software package to perform analysis on signal transduction networks using minimal functional routes, graph expansion and the route modulus. I hope that this work will prove a valuable tool for researchers and further our understanding of static boolean networks.

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Kristina Suarez

I graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Mathematics and plan to attend medical school in Fall 2023. I am working with Dr. Brunson on a study of the structure and function of glomerular capillaries using network and topological analysis.

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Van Thuy Truong

I am a pharmacist by training and an applied mathematics PhD student with AstraZeneca and University of Leeds, UK. I am working on combining agent-based models with pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic models (simulated as ODEs and PDEs) to predict tumour growth and interaction with immune cells during mono and combination therapy. I am visiting the systems medicine lab to work with Dr. Fonseca and learn about techniques to fit ODEs to my agent-based model for predicting tumour behaviour and optimising treatment schedules.

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Veronika Zeindl

I graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a MS in Mathematics. I worked with Dr. Walker on understanding the sensitivity analysis method eFAST. The ultimate goal is to use eFAST to analyze and reduce agent-based models.

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Xinya Zhang

I am a third-year Statistics and Mathematics major and Computer Science minor at UF. I am working with Dr. Brunson on a project that compares conventional statistical learning models with individualized cohort models on clinical diagnosis. I plan to attend graduate school in biostatistics or data science, and I wish to work with healthcare data science in the future.

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