Communications Team

communications team

Media requests

Journalists and student reporters regularly reach out to our faculty for their expertise on many subjects. If a reporter contacts you, please alert assistant director of communications Todd Taylor, science writer Michelle Koidin Jaffee or UF Health media relations coordinator Rossana Passaniti so we can assist with, archive and promote your media endeavors. All reporters must be accompanied by a member of our communications team when visiting our academic health center.

Publicity for upcoming research

If you have an high-impact research paper on the horizon, please notify assistant director of communications Todd Taylor, science writer Michelle Koidin Jaffee as soon as possible, so they can assess the most appropriate channels to publicize your work.

Get a free professional headshot

Any UF Health-affiliated faculty or staff member who needs a new or updated headshot can have one made with no appointment at the Creative Services Production Studio in the Communicore. View information and open studio times (at bottom of page).

MBI building

Official MBI Logo

Click the link below to access the official Evelyn F. & William L. McKnight Brain Institute logo.
Todd Taylor
Todd Taylor
Todd Taylor is assistant director of communications for the McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida. He first joined UF Health Communications in 2014 as a communications coordinator for the Strategic Communications team. He previously worked as a public relations associate for University of Florida Performing Arts and served as a journalist for several publications, including as sports editor for the Hendricks County Flyer and Zionsville Times Sentinel in the greater Indianapolis area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in journalism from Ball State University.
Michelle Jaffee
Michelle Koidin Jaffee
Michelle Koidin Jaffee is the science writer for the McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida. She previously served as the MBI’s assistant director of communications. In more than 20 years as a journalist, she worked as a reporter for the Associated Press in six cities and as a features writer for the San Antonio Express-News. In 2006, she wrote a weekly column for the Express-News about life with her infant twins during her husband’s deployment to Iraq. Before joining the UF Health staff in February 2016, she also served as a regular contributor to the American Heart Association’s news site. A native of Chicago, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied government and Spanish.