Joint Faculty

Contact Information

Research and Professional Interests

Associate Professor
Medicinal Chemistry
(352) 273-7090
  • Biochemical activities of glycan processing enzymes and develops therapeutic and diagnostic molecules or tools for various types of cancer and age-related diseases
  • Study the precise modes of heparanase activity using molecular imaging, as well as diagnostic tools and drug molecules targeting heparanase and related enzymes
  • explore the progression of diabetes, neurodegeneration and other age-related diseases
Assistant Professor
Biological Physics
(352) 392-3233
  • Biophysics of living cells
  • Biomaterials
  • Quantitative imaging
Assistant Professor
(352) 273-8008
  • Gene therapy and stem cell therapy for patients with inherited diseases
  • Diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer
Associate Professor
(352) 392-3449
  • Activation of osteoclastic bone resorption
  • Structure, transport, and function of vacuolar H+ ATPase
  • Cytoskeletal dynamics in osteoclasts
  • MicroRNAs and RNA interference in dental physiology and pathophysiology
Nazli Khodayari
Assistant Professor
Pulmonary Medicine
(352) 294-5198
  • Develop treatments for human diseases including liver disease and inflammatory diseases
  • Extracellular vesicles and organ cross-talk in inflammatory diseases
Sergei Kusmartsev
Assistant Professor
(352) 273-8235
  • To better understand mechanisms of cancer-related inflammation and immune suppression in cancer patients with focus on tumor microenvironment; Design of novel immune-based based approaches for treatment of urologic cancers;Our ultimate goal is to boost anti-tumor immune response in cancer patients through overcoming immune suppression and combination with immunotherapy.
Professor and Chief
Aging & Geriatric Research
(352) 273-5735
  • Aging and mitochondrial biology
  • Finding interventions that prevent the mitochondria from becoming dysfunctional
Associate Professor and Division Chief
Nephrology, Hypertension & Renal Transplantation
(352) 273-8821
  • Lupus nephritis
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Mechanisms of the increased cardiovascular disease in patients with diabetes, chronic kidney disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and women who have preeclampsia or preterm delivery
Sadasivan Vidyasagar
Associate Professor
Radiation Oncology
(352) 294-5061
  • Gastroenterology
  • Electrophysiology
  • Mathematical modeling