Sabrina Escuza

Mentor: Dr. Kelly Foote
College of Medicine
 
"Nothing we are certain of today was certain to humans in the beginning of time. Research has allowed us to progressively develop a better understanding of what we are, how we came to be, and what we are becoming. Research allows us to explore the way we, and all of the things we're made of, interact with the world around us and how that affects our bodies and perception of the place we live in. Science is the most beautiful and complex acquaintance of man, and we owe it endless gratitude for being the sole force of our survival. With this understanding, I very passionately believe in the significance of research, and am grateful for the ability to be a part of something that will help man progress through the ages."

Major

Biology

Minor

Philosophy, French

Research Interests

  • Effects of diseases on oral health
  • Movement Disorders
  • Genetics

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2016
  • Kevin L Boyer Scholar 2013
  • Florida Academic Scholar 2013

Organizations

  • All Kidz Student Organization
  • UF a cappella
  • LLT Gators

Volunteer

  • Congenital heart PICU Dream Team
  • Ronald McDonald House Family Room
  • Hope Cancer Lodge

Hobbies and Interests

  • Singing
  • Stadiums
  • Baking
  • Puppies

Research Description

The Effect of Tourette Syndrome on Adolescent Autonomy and Driving Skills in Teens
The purpose of this research study is to better understand if there are deficiencies in attention, adolescent autonomy, and driving skills associated with teens with Tourette Syndrome (TS). We will conduct a series of tests that assess visual acuity, autonomy and tic severity, and then the Useful Field of View (UFOV) computer software, which will allow us to potentially quantify attention deficits and limitations to the subjects' useful fields of view. We will compare the data we collect to UFOV scores from a control of healthy teens without TS in order to better understand the limitations, if any, that TS poses on autonomy and driving skills in teens.