Jeffrey Leibowitz

 Jeffrey Leibowitz
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Brown
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I initially got involved in research thanks to the urging of my sister who graduated with a bachelors in Biology from UF just as I began my education here. I have always been interested in science and had planned on pursuing a career in the area. I quickly discovered that I enjoyed the environment and work in a research lab which has led to my goal of obtaining my Phd and continuing research into the future."


Biomedical Engineering



Research Interests

  • Tissue Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Magnetics

Academic Awards

  • UF University Scholars Program
  • National Merit Scholarship


  • BMES
  • Honors Program


  • Florida Museum of Natural History

Hobbies and Interests

  • Reading
  • Weightlifting
  • Tennis

Research Description

Sialidase and N-acetylneuraminate Catabolism in Nutrition of Mycoplasma Alligatoris
To test the hypothesis that extracellular sialidase contributes to nutrition of this species, growth of wildtype M. alligatoris will be compared to that of knockout mutants unable to either 1) liberate or 2) catabolize α-2,3-linked sialic acid from cultured alligator lung cells.