Life Sciences

J. GLENN MORRIS JR.

PROFESSOR & DIRECTOR, EMERGING PATHOGENS INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, GAINESVILLE

The Emerging Pathogens Institute was established to provide a scientific base for research on the emergence, evolution and transmission of new pathogenic microorganisms. Studies at EPI have a global emphasis, and EPI’s investigators are currently studying a wide range of pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2 and other coronaviruses; Zika, dengue, malaria and other mosquito-borne pathogens; and “older” epidemic diseases such as cholera. The institute has more than 200 affiliated faculty, with some 300 people working in the institute building on the UF campus. Morris came to UF as the founding director for the institute in 2007.

EDUCATION Rice University (BA), Tulane University (MD, MPH)
PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION In college, I was a double major in history and biology — and that interest in history has become interwoven into what I do, in looking back at past epidemics as a guide to what may happen in the future.
CIVIC CONTRIBUTION EPI, in collaboration with UFHealth, had screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 up and running before they were readily available elsewhere and was involved in screening projects in multiple locations and with a variety of populations, including first responders, homeless shelters, minority communities, retirement communities, schools and agricultural workers.
WORRIES ABOUT The awareness that the world is full of new, potential pathogens that are constantly evolving and developing mechanisms to rapidly spread through human populations.

Steven Achinger

Watson Clinic

Eduardo Alfonso

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Michael Aubin

Wolfson Children's Hospital

Jason Barrett

Flagler Health+

John Couris

Tampa General Hospital

Michael Crosby

Mote Marine Laboratory

Mark Faulkner

Baptist Health Care

Aurelio Fernandez III

Memorial Healthcare System

David Fitzpatrick

Max Planck Florida

RANDY HAFFNER

AdventHealth

Tommy Inzina

BayCare Health System

Brian Keeley

Baptist Health South Florida

NELSON LAZO

BETHESDA HOSPITAL

BRETT MCCLUNG

BAPTIST HEALTH OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA

GINA MELBY

JFK MEDICAL CENTER

Glenn Morris

UF Emerging Pathogens Institute

David Nelson

University of Florida

Mark O’Bryant

Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare

Dror Paley

Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute

MOBEEN RATHORE

WOLFSON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Terry Shaw

ADVENTHEALTH

David Strong

Orlando Health

BRADLEY TALBERT

Memorial Hospital Jacksonville

Douglas VanOort

NeoGenomics

David Verinder

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System