Salvador Almagro-Moreno, Ph.D.

I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. I am also a core faculty member of the National Center for Integrated Coastal Research and the Genomics and Bioinformatics Cluster at UCF.
I was the E. E. Just Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College and a Postdoctoral Researcher in Dr. Ronald Taylor’s lab at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.



Trudy-Ann Grant

My name is Trudy-Ann Grant and I am from Jamaica. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry from Florida International University and my Master of Health Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

I am a Ph.D. student interested in therapeutic treatments against bacterial disease. Specifically, I study the emergence and evolution of resistance against antimicrobial compounds in the Vibrionaceae and the evolution of their pathogenicity factors.

While I do enjoy increasing my scientific knowledge, my other hobbies include spending time with family, cooking, and drawing. My career aspiration is to become a key member on a drug discover team.

Geethika Reddi

My name is Geethika Reddi and I am currently a Masters Student in the Moreno lab. I moved from India when I was 10 years old. I always loved science, which is why I decided to pursue a degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida.

I study the molecular mechanisms involved in entry and exit from dormancy in Vibrio cholerae.

My career goal is to become a physician. During my free time, I like to kayak in springs or learn more about photography.

Nazmus Sakib

I am a Masters Student pursuing a degree in Biotechnology interested in the evolution of pathogenesis.

Specifically, I study the role and ecological dynamics of Virulence Adaptive Polymorphisms (VAPs) in Vibrio cholerae and the evolution of its pathogenicity factors.

I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering from Khulna University, Bangladesh. In the future, I want to pursue a Ph.D. in Microbiology.

When I am not in the lab, I enjoy traveling, reading fiction, and watching movies and scientific documentaries.

Jane Maureen Jayakumar

I am a Masters Student pursuing a degree in Biotechnology interested in the bacterial pathogenesis and immune evasion. Specifically, I study the evolution of virulence and host colonization of Vibrio vulnificus.

I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology from NMAM IT, India. In the future, I want to pursue a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology.

When not killing bacteria in the lab I like to read novels and travel to new places.

Mario Lopez-Perez, Ph.D.

I am a visiting Postdoctoral Fellow from the University Miguel Hernandez in Alicante (Spain) where I am a senior fellow in the Laboratory of Dr. Francisco Rodriguez Valera.

I am interested in the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of marine bacteria.

I graduated with a PhD from the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology, Valencia (Spain)

Amy Freiberg

I am a second year Undergraduate Student at the University of Central Florida doing a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences. I am majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a Psychology minor.

I am studying the environmental conditions that induce entry into dormancy in Vibrio cholerae.

When I graduate I would like to continue doing research and pursue a Ph.D.

Carolina Ganán

I am an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Sciences. After conducting research at the University of Florida with Dr. Martens-Habbena, my desire to conduct research began. Now, I am a new member on board in Dr. Moreno’s Lab.

I am studying how environmental factors affect the pathogenicity of Vibrio cholerae.

Growing up in Colombia, my passion and enthusiasm for learning and helping others initiated. My purpose in life is to serve others with my work, I plan to continue to do research and earn Doctoral degree.


UG: Undergraduate. MS: Masters student. PH: Ph.D. student. PD: Postdoc

Amy Freiberg (UG), Genesys Santana (UG), Al Rahrooh (UG), Remzie Boisrond (UG), Beatriz de Faria (UG), Ivan Nunez (UG), Sandeep Rathod (UG), Precious White (UG), Paulina Corral (PD)

Salvador Almagro-Moreno, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine

University of Central Florida
Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

4110 Libra Drive
Building 20 Room BMS 125A
Orlando, FL 32816

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