Honors, Awards + Achievements

Maryam Rahman, M.D.


Maryam Rahman, M.D., received the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Clinical Excellence Award during the spring faculty assembly on May 28. Also at the assembly, several UF Health Cancer Center members were recognized with commemorative pins for 20 and 30 years of service.

Martina Murphy, M.D.


Martina Murphy, M.D., received the 2024 Basic Science Teacher of the Year award from the UF College of Medicine.

Tuo Lin, Ph.D.

Tuo Lin, Ph.D., earned the 2024 Chancellor’s Dissertation Medal from UC San Diego for his Ph.D. dissertation. 

Yong Huang, Ph.D.

Yong Huang, Ph.D., was selected for the 2024 Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Albert M. Sargent Progress Award. 

Larisa Cavallari, Pharm.D., FCCP

Larisa Cavallari, Pharm.D., FCCP, was named the 2024 recipient of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Malle Jurima-Romet Mid-Career Leadership Award.

Angela Starkweather, Ph.D., ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN

Angela Starkweather, Ph.D., ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, will join the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame this summer.

Ramzi Salloum, Ph.D.


Ramzi Salloum, Ph.D., received a conference grant from the National Cancer Institute to support global tobacco control implementation science at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Annual Meeting.

John Allen, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, FCCP


John Allen, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, FCCM, FCCP, was named treasurer of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., Yousong Ding, Ph.D., Robert Huigens, Ph.D., Chenglong Li, Ph.D.

Several faculty from the department of medicinal chemistry were recognized with awards at the UF College of Pharmacy’s annual Faculty and Staff Retreat on May 20. Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., and Yousong Ding, Ph.D., received the Outstanding Basic Research Award. Robert Huigens, Ph.D., was part of the Outstanding Teaching Team (Year 2) and Chenglong Li, Ph.D., was part of the Outstanding Teaching Team (Year 3).

Research Foundation Professors

Six UF Health Cancer Center members were named 2024 Research Foundation Professors.

Stephen Anton, Ph.D.
Larisa Cavallari, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP
Mariola Ferraro, D.Phil.
Debra Lyon, Ph.D., R.N., FNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Sara Nixon, Ph.D.
Mingyi Xie, Ph.D.

Xin Tang, Ph.D.

Xin Tang

Xin Tang, Ph.D., recently received three grants from the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation and Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Matthew Eddy, Ph.D.


Matthew Eddy, Ph.D., received a CAREER award from the Division of Materials Research of the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Boone Prentice, Ph.D.


Boone Prentice, Ph.D., was selected for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences’ 2023-2024 College Faculty Advising/Mentor Award.

Ronald Castellano, Ph.D.


Ronald Castellano, Ph.D., received the Faculty Doctoral Mentoring Award, presented annually by the University of Florida’s Graduate School to acknowledge and celebrate faculty members who consistently demonstrate exceptional mentorship qualities.

Staff honors

Byron McCoy, M.S., SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Byron McCoy, M.S., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, was selected to participate in the 2024-25 Emerging College and University Professional Association for Human Resources Leaders program.

Erin Monari, Ph.D., CCRP

Erin Monari

Erin Monari, Ph.D., CCRP, was selected to participate in the University of Florida’s 2024-25 Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals program for UF academics and professionals in leadership roles who are interested in further exploring and developing their leadership skills.

Laura Parra, M.P.H., CHES

Laura Parra, M.P.H., CHES, completed the Certificate in Community Outreach and Engagement through Cedars Sinai Cancer.