Leadership Team




Kim Van Vliet received a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 2007. Her graduate research assistantship focused on studies of Adeno-associated virus (AAV) for use in gene therapy application. Her postdoctoral research involved protein expression of poxvirus proteins for use in identifying virus-host protein interactions that may be useful for the development of novel therapeutics. In 2009, she returned to studying AAV with a focus on developing a better understanding of the role the virus capsid proteins play in infection and tissue tropism. Dr. Van Vliet has professional memberships in ASV, ASM and AWIS.


Laura Adamson-Small received a B.S. in Genetics from Iowa State University in 2008. She then went on to receive a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science with an emphasis in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 2013. Her graduate research project focus on the involvement of Parvovirus B19 in cancers, particularly thyroid cancer. In 2009, she began working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Florida Department of Pediatrics. Her post-doctoral project focuses on developing adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors for the targeting and treatment of thyroid cancers. Dr. Adamson-Small is also a co-founder of the company MyeloJAK Biomarkers, LLC, a biotechnology start-up company in Gainesville, Florida, aimed at developing improved diagnostic tools for patients with myeloproliferative disorders. She is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Virology Society (ASV).


Manisha Ranade is a Science, Math and Yoga teacher. Originally from Mumbai, India, she did her Bachelors in Indian Institute of Technology in Engineering Physics. Her Masters is from University of Southern California in Electrical Engineering, with an emphasis in lasers and nonlinear optics. She has worked as an engineer/scientist in Medical physics at a small company as well as a university (UF). In 2008, she switched from applied research to teaching in schools. She has taught Science in Middle schools and is currently teaching Math at Santa Fe College. She is also a Yoga instructor. Her pastimes include dancing, traveling, environmental issues and healthy eating.

Erin Patrick received a B.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL in 2003. She received a Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Florida in 2010. Her graduate research assistantship was within in the Interdisciplinary Microsystems Research Group at UF. From 2010-2014, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer at the University of Florida in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  She is currently a Research Assistant Professor at UF and specializes in multiphyphysics modeling and simulation of electronic devices. Dr. Patrick has professional memberships in IEEE and EMBS.