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Erika Moore

Rhines Rising Star Larry Hench Assistant Professor of Materials Science & EngineeringMaterials Science & Engineering
Work 487 Wertheim Lab for Engineering Excellence Work Phone: (352) 846-3781Website: The Moore Lab


B.S., 2013, Biomedical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University

Ph.D., 2018, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020, The Johns Hopkins University

Lab Website: The Moore Lab

Research Summary: Dr. Erika Moore is the inaugural Rhines Rising Star Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. She defended her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in May of 2018. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. Dr. Moore’s work broadly focuses on understanding how immune cells can be leveraged to enhance tissue regeneration.

Under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer L. West at Duke University, Dr. Moore’s thesis focused on the use of macrophages, innate immune cells, to support vascularized engineered tissue. This work has been published in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Advanced Biosystems, and the journal of Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine. Dr. Moore was also awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation award from Duke University for this work. Dr. Moore also worked as the Provost’s Post-Doctoral Fellow and a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Biomedical Engineering until June 2020. Working with Dr. Jennifer H. Elisseeff, Erika focused on profiling B cell responses to injury in small animal models. Ongoing research efforts of the Moore Lab seek to develop materials capable of directing immune cells towards desired clinical outcomes as well as developing in vitro tissue models to profile immune cell-blood vessel interactions in clinically relevant disease settings.

Recently acknowledged as Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Healthcare category, Dr. Moore is a former Trustee on the Duke Board of Trustees. She has been awarded the KL2 NIH Training grant through the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, a Space Research Initiative grant, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Ford Foundation Fellowship.

Notable Awards Include:

2020    Forbes 30 Under 30, Class of 2021- Health care

2020    KL2 Scholar, National Center for Advancement of Translational Science via UF Clinical Translational Science Institute

2019    Study Participant, National Research Mentoring Network (N.R.M.N.) SETH Grant Writing Coaching Study

2019    Future Research Leaders Conference of the National Institutes of Health, NIH Scientific Workforce Diversity

2019    University of Florida National Center for Faculty Diversity and Development Faculty Success Program grant ($5000 grant to enroll in Faculty Development course)

2018    Rhines Family Rising Star Professorship (an endowed assistant professorship), The University of Florida

2018    Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins University

2018    BME Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation, Duke University Department of Biomedical Engineering

2017    M.I.T. Rising Star, MIT Rising Stars in Biomedical Engineering and Science

2017    Trustee, Duke University Board of Trustees

2016    NextProf Scholar, University of Michigan NextProf for Engineering

2013    BioCoRE Scholar, Duke BioCoRE Program (NIH-IMSD Training Grant)

2013    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation

2013    Pre-doctoral Ford Foundation Fellow (awarded but declined), Ford Foundation Fellowship Program

2013    James B. Duke Fellowship, The Graduate School of Duke University

2013    Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, The Graduate School of Duke University

2012    U.N.C.F./Merck Undergraduate Research Fellowship, U.N.C.F./Merck Science Initiative

2009    Hodson-Gilliam Success Scholar, Johns Hopkins University