Join us Thursday, February 7 in the Reitz Union for the eleventh annual EPI Research Day!

Research Day is an event where EPI members and collaborators showcase their wide range of pathogen-related research. Research Day includes breakfast, a poster session, lunch and keynote speeches by two leaders in the prevention and treatment of infectious disease. This year, the event will take place in the Rion Ballroom, on the third floor of the Reitz Union.

Research Day Registration

Abstract Submission


Keynote Speakers:

Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D., FASTMH
Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine, Professor and Co-Section Head of Pediatrics (Tropical Medicine) and Professor of Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine; Co-Director, Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, Houston, Texas; Distinguished Professor in Biology, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Talk: “Global Health Technologies to Address Health Disparities and Neglected Tropical Diseases in the U.S. and Abroad”


Professor Mike Jeger
Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Investigator, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, Silwood Park, UK

Talk: "Emerging Risks to Plant Health: Limits to Predictability"

Research Day Schedule:
  9 a.m. – 10 a.m.         Registration, Breakfast and Poster Setup*
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.           Poster Sessions
12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.     Lunch
  1 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.      Keynote Speeches
               3:30 p.m.      Poster Removal

*Registration will take place in the Side A Lobby and poster setup is designated in Side A. Keynote speeches will take place on Side B. 

Transportation and Parking

Visitors to the Reitz Union can park in the UF Welcome Center and Bookstore parking garage on the corner of Museum Road and Reitz Union Drive. Short-term and daily fees apply during business hours. Orange decal parking is available on Museum Road, across the street from the welcome center. Please refer to the Campus Parking Map to find exact locations and decal requirements.
RTS Bus Routes
Bus numbers 9, 12 and 117 stop at the Reitz Union.
To find a route that best serves you visit and use the RTS Trip Planner. Enter “686 Museum Rd,” as your ending point and a route will be planned for you.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
To ease transportation to and from the Reitz Union, we will be offering shuttle service in the morning and afternoon from the circle drive in front of EPI to the circle drive at the Reitz.

Please note:

  • Abstract edits will not be possible after the abstract form has been submitted.
  • Email confirmation will be sent once the online submission form has been submitted.
  • One abstract for each submission is required. The abstracts will be printed in the Research Day Book of Abstracts.
  • Abstracts are limited to 400 words. The word limit applies to the online abstract submissions. Posters do not have a word count maximum.
  • Individuals/groups may submit more than one abstract.
  • Poster presentations may include new data or may reflect material that has been presented at national meetings within the past 18 months.
About posters:
  • Poster boards are 4 feet high and 5 feet wide.
  • As a suggestion, font size should be no less than 14-pt for paragraph text and 18-pt for sub-titles. Thirty-six point text or larger is ideal for the poster title. Sans serif fonts are best for paragraph body texts. It is ideal to make posters readable from a distance.
  • Examples of poster layouts can be found here.