Honors, Awards + Achievements

Thomas George, M.D.


Thomas George, M.D., was named a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in recognition of his extraordinary volunteer service, engagement, dedication and commitment to ASCO.

Matthew Gentry, Ph.D.


Matthew Gentry, Ph.D., was elected a 2024 fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Designation as a fellow recognizes outstanding commitment to the society through participation in the society, as well as accomplishments in research, education, mentorship, diversity and inclusion, advocacy and service to the scientific community.

Olga Guryanova, M.D., Ph.D.


Olga Guryanova, M.D., Ph.D., was elected 2024 vice chair of the Scientific Committee on Myeloid Biology of the American Society of Hematology.

Michael Kladde, Ph.D.

Michael Kladde, Ph.D., is the co-investigator on a Department of Defense grant, titled “Accessible Epigenetic Biomarkers for Climate Readiness from Mouse to Human.” Thomas L. Clanton, Ph.D., is the principal investigator.

Mingyi Xie, Ph.D.


Mingyi Xie, Ph.D., received a $419,375 National Cancer Institute R21 grant, titled “The Molecular Basis of 7SK RNA Methylation in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.”

Arun Srivastava, Ph.D.


Arun Srivastava, Ph.D., recently gave presentations at the 4th Annual Meeting on In Vivo Gene Therapy and Genome Editing in Miami, Generation Bio in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Alera Group.

Rolf Renne, Ph.D., and Scott Tibbetts, Ph.D.

Rolf Renne, Ph.D., Scott Tibbetts, Ph.D., and Erik Flemington, Ph.D., recently co-hosted an inaugural meeting, titled “Noncoding RNAs in Viral Disease,” which included eight invited speakers in addition to presentations from co-hosts. All trainees associated with the team’s NCI P01 attended. The title of Renne’s presentation was “High Density Resolution of the KSHV Transcriptome Identifies Novel Transcript Isoforms Generated by Long-Range Transcription and Alternative Splicing.”

Young-Rock Hong, Ph.D.

Young Rock Hong

Young-Rock Hong, Ph.D., received a Florida Department of Health Bankhead-Coley Biomedical Research Program grant for a project, titled “Understanding the Impact of Obesogenic Environments.”

Jaclyn Hall, Ph.D.


Jaclyn Hall, Ph.D., was invited to be on the Program Committee for the 17th AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities.

Julie Bradley, M.D., and Padriac O’Malley, M.D.

Julie Bradley, M.D., and Padriac O’Malley, M.D., received Exemplary Teacher awards from the UF College of Medicine.

Ryan Thomas, M.D.,


Ryan Thomas, M.D., had a paper featured in Elsevier’s special article collection for World Cancer Day.

William Mendenhall, M.D.


William Mendenhall, M.D., received the 2024 Transformative Medicine Award from the department of radiation oncology, which recognizes translational science investigators and clinicians epitomizing innovative and collaborative efforts to accelerate the transition of scientific discoveries into new cancer therapies. The award seeks to recognize translational researchers (team or individual) leading to improved therapies, new discoveries and significant contributions to the body of knowledge regarding radiation oncology.

Bruno Hochhegger, M.D., Ph.D.


Bruno Hochhegger, M.D., Ph.D., received the Editor’s Recognition Award for reviewing distinction from Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.

Angela Starkweather, Ph.D., ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, and Lisa Scarton, Ph.D., R.N.

Angela Starkweather, Ph.D., ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, recently received the Distinguished Researcher Award, which recognizes a nurse whose program of research has enhanced the science and practice of nursing in the Southern region, at the Southern Nursing Research Society’s conference held in Charlotte, NC. Lisa Scarton, Ph.D., R.N., received the Research in Health Disparities Award, which recognizes a nurse whose research significantly improves the health care of minorities and other underrepresented groups in the Southern region. In addition, Starkweather will join the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.