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Whatever you’ve got your sights set on, that’s merely the beginning. As a Gator you’ll learn to see beyond the horizon. We measure success not in individual achievement, but where you go from there. Because when reaching your goals is just the starting point, there’s no end to what Gators can accomplish.

Faculty: Thomas Schmittgen

College of Pharmacy
Professor of Pharmaceutics

Thomas Schmittgen’s research focuses on the role of noncoding RNAs and cancer. He discovered a microRNA signature that is currently being commercially developed as a biomarker for the early detection of pancreatic cancer. A paper he co-authored in 2001 describing the relative method of gene quantification has been cited more than 36,000 times and is ranked by the international journal “Nature” as the 21st most-cited scientific article of all time.

Alumni: Martin Maldonado

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Ph.D. 09

Martin Maldonado has dedicated his life to studying alternative mechanisms for the social inclusion of the extremely poor. A full-time researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina, he was distinguished as an Early Career Social Science Fellow in 2015 by the International Social Science Council. Regarding the eradication of extreme poverty, Maldonado says, “We have the knowledge and the tools. We only lack the necessary number of hearts to do it.”

Researcher: Elisabeth Barton

College of Health & Human Performance
Professor of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

Muscle wellness means different things to different people. To a body builder, it might conjure up strength and glamour. To an elderly person, it could be the difference between independence and assisted living. To a child suffering from muscular dystrophy, it might mean preventing more tragic consequences. Elisabeth Barton works every day through her invaluable research to understand muscle repair and to help people enjoy a better quality of life.


We are not content to rest. We aspire to solve grand challenges, and in doing so, to propel UF to the very top tier of public universities.
Our Go Greater campaign is an investment not only in the future of our state, nation and world,
but also in YOU.

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