EPI Research Day 2023

Feb. 16, 2023, 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

EPI Research Day 2023

Mark your calendars for Feb. 16, 2023! EPI Research Day 2023 is scheduled to take place in the Reitz Union Grand Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Expect a morning of poster sessions, followed by two keynote talks from renowned researchers. Breakfast refreshments and lunch will be provided to attendees. We have a lot of new activities in store for this year, including a contest and award for the best abstract poster!

Mosquito dorsal vessel (green) infected with Dengue virus (red) that is being phagocytized by hemocytes (yellow).

Keynote Speakers

Tulio de Oliveira

“Challenging the status quo and making the global south to lead in genomics surveillance”

Dr. Tulio de Oliveira

Tulio de Oliveira was the Director of the Genomics Program at the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies and an Affiliate Senior Lecturer at the Division of Infection and Immunity at the University College London (UCL) from 2009 to 2016. In 2015, he was promoted to Professor at UKZN and in 2017, founded KRISP at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, South Africa. KRISP aims to create a scientific environment in Africa that delivers high level science, creates innovations and reverses the brain drain.

Amadou A Sall

“Emerging infectious pathogens in Africa: from vulnerability to resilience”

Dr. Amadou Alpha Sall

Dr Amadou A Sall is the CEO of Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Senegal and director of the WHO collaborating center for Arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fever. He has been chairman of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and a member of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness and Innovation (CEPI) Scientific Advisory Board. Dr Sall is a virologist with a PhD in Public health. He is an expert in epidemics response and control more specifically for arboviruses and viral hemorrhagic fevers (Ebola, Zika, Yellow fever…) and high consequence pathogens.


People view the posters at EPI Research Day 2018. Posters fill the ballroom in rows of 9 poster boards and people walk in between the aisles.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Breakfast, Registration & Setup

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Poster Session

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch

1:00 PM – 1:10 PM: Welcome and Introductions

1:10 PM – 3:10 PM: Keynote Speeches

3:10 PM – 3:15 PM: Closing Remarks

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Poster Removal

Abstract Submission

Students, post-docs and faculty are strongly encouraged to submit research poster presentations that have a pathogenic or an infectious disease focus. While posters with new, original data are preferred, posters submitted at national meetings within the past 18 months are acceptable for presentation. Submissions from other universities and from local, county or state health departments are also welcome. All abstracts submitted before the deadline will be included in the EPI Research Day 2023 Abstract Booklet. Furthermore, all abstracts are eligible for entrance into the research day poster contest.

Poster Contest

The EPI invites all University of Florida investigators and scholars to submit abstracts of their ongoing research to the EPI Research Day 2023. This year, we will host a new trainee and a new early-stage investigator poster competition. Each of the two competition categories will be presented with one $1,000 award. Poster space is very limited, so the highest impact submissions will be selected for inclusion on a first come, first served basis – submit your abstract as early as possible for thorough review and consideration. EPI senior faculty leadership will serve as judging staff and will review each submission for finalists prior to the event.

Poster Size

  1. Poster boards are 4’ tall and 5’ wide.
  2. Font size should be no less than 14 pt for paragraph text and 18 pt for sub-titles. 36 pt text or larger is ideal for the poster title. Sans serif fonts are best for paragraph body texts. You want to make sure your poster can be read from a distance.

Event Resources


Shuttle Service

EPI will offer a shuttle service from the EPI building circlular driveway to the Reitz Union driveway from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The front of the Emerging Pathogens Institute building. The circular driveway can be seen in the image.