EPI Research Day 2024

Feb. 15, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

EPI Research Day 2024

Mark your calendars for Feb. 15, 2024! EPI Research Day 2024 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 activities in store for this year, including a poster competition, photo wall and raffle prizes! Registration closes on Thursday, Feb. 8 at noon.

Picture of dimorphic fungi. Dimorphic fungi can exist in the form of both mold and yeast.

Keynote Speakers

Headshot of Albert Ko.

"Making Global Health Equity Work"

Albert Ko, M.D.

Albert Ko, M.D. is the Raj and Indra Nooyi Professor of Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health and Collaborating Researcher at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazilian Ministry of Health. His research centers on the health problems that have emerged as a consequence of rapid urbanization and social inequity.

Headshot of Anna P. Durbin.

"Can we get a dengue vaccine over the finish line?"

Anna P. Durbin, M.D.

Anna P. Durbin, M.D., is a professor of international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also serves as the Director of the Center for Immunization Research at Johns Hopkins. Her research covers experimental vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, dengue, West Nile, Zika, malaria, and more in human clinical trials and in controlled human infection studies.


A large room filled with rows of poster boards in which people walk around and look at research posters.

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

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

Graduate 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 2024 Book of Abstracts. Furthermore, all abstracts received from University of Florida investigators and scholars are eligible for entrance into the research day poster contest.

Poster Competition

The EPI invites all University of Florida investigators and scholars to submit abstracts of their ongoing research to the EPI Research Day 2024. This year, we will host a pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and early-stage investigator poster competition. Each of the three competition categories will be presented with a $1,000 award for first place and a $500 award for second place. 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.

Past Research Day

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

Event Recap

EPI Research Day 2023

Missed the last research day? Want to know what the event is like? Visit our event recap page for recordings of the keynote talks, event highlight articles and more.