Lab of Leah Reznikov, Ph.D.
Department: Physiological Sciences
Hometown: Rolândia, Brazil
Doctorate from: University of Melbourne
Research focus: Neuro-immune interactions in airway disease, with emphasis on integrative physiology.
What drives me: Challenging myself with new experiments and research ideas is very important to keep me moving on in my scientific career. Additionally, perhaps one of the most important things to me is having great people around me and working like a real team.
Something few people know about me: When I was a little kid, my dream was to be either an aircraft pilot or a tractor driver in the future.
My favorite food: Hard to choose, but I would say barbecue.
In my free time, I like to: Hike in nature, play tennis and support my Brazilian soccer team, Palmeiras.
“When I was a kid, my mom was a technician in a lab at a university in Brazil. Sometimes I went with her just to visit and see what’s going on there. And it was amazing. I remember one time she put me on the microscope and I could see some microorganisms. It was like another world for me.”
This post was published as part of a larger article on Gator NeuroScholars, a new postdoctoral fellowship program. At UF’s McKnight Brain Institute, postdocs come from across the globe, attracted by access to renowned neuroscientists and pioneers in their fields who serve as mentors and by a wide array of leading scientific programs ranging from cognitive aging and brain tumors to Alzheimer’s disease and respiratory physiology.