Former Lab Members

Dana Catalfamo, PhD: Former Graduate Student

Dana was a pre-doctoral fellow whose research project, “Osteoclast Differentiation and Activation in the Context of Diabetes,” investigated the role of osteoclast function in diabetes. She received an F31 Individual Pre-Doctoral National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR); her research endeavors contributed to 5 publications.

Dana earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2007 prior to joining the University of Florida. She is currently living in Massachusetts, working as a Physician’s Assistant.


Michael Nelson, MS: Former Graduate Student

Michael was a masters student who investigated the role of the mucosal immune system in the progression of type 1 diabetes in NOD mice. Michael is currently a Research Associate at ImmuNext in New Hampshire.


Ann Decker, DMD: Former Dental Student

Sagstetter, Ann smallestAnn Decker was a highly motivated member of the University of Florida College of Dentistry class of 2014. Ann was selected in 2012 to participate in a year-long ADEA student fellowship program and conducted research on eptihelial cell function in periodontal disease in the laboratory from 2012 until her graduation from dental school in 2014.

Ann won first place in the Student Posters Competition during the 2014 American Association for Dental Research (ADEA) meeting for her poster entitled, “Epithelial Cell Function in the Progression of Periodontal Disease.”

Ann is currently pursuing a dual Ph.D. and periodontics residency at the University of Michigan.


Other Trainees and Current Positions

  • Maigan Hulme, PhD (Post Doctoral Fellow)
    • Current: Post Doctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Benjamin Keselowsky at the University of Florida
  • Meghan Valdes (Undergraduate Researcher)
    • Current: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Dental School