L. Jeannine Brady, Ph.D., professor and director of graduate and post-doctoral research training and career development at the UF College of Dentistry, has been named a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor for 2017‐2020.
Brady is one of 34 faculty members across the UF campus recognized for a distinguished record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields. The three-year award includes a $5,000 annual salary supplement and a one-time $3,000 grant. The professorships are funded from the university’s share of royalty and licensing income on UF-generated products.
Research in Brady’s laboratory is focused on several broad areas, the first being antigenic characterization and immune responses against pathogenic microorganisms and the application of such information to protective immunity and diagnostics. Next, protein translocation and membrane biogenesis as related to bacterial stress tolerance, and lastly studies of intra- and inter-molecular protein — protein interactions relevant for bacterial protein stability, function and adhesive interactions with host constituents.
UFRF Professors were recommended by their college deans based on nominations from their department chairs, a personal statement and an evaluation of their recent research accomplishments as evidenced by publications in scholarly journals, external funding, honors and awards, development of intellectual property and other measures appropriate to their field of expertise.
The purpose of the UF Research Foundation Professorships is to recognize scholarly contributions and to provide incentives for continued excellence in research.
“Faculty chosen for UFRF Professorships have a proven record of research and scholarship and the potential for even more success in the future,” said David Norton, UF’s vice president for research. “History has shown that by investing in these outstanding faculty, we can generate significant return in research discoveries, scholarship and technology transfer.”
Brady earned her undergraduate degree in microbiology from Rutgers in 1977, and has been a Gator since earning her Ph.D. at UF in immunology and medical microbiology in 1989.