About UF Scripps Science on a mission

The scientists of UF Scripps work at the interface of chemistry and biology to understand the molecular basis of disease, and then go further, employing advanced tools of drug discovery to craft potential new treatments.

About Us

UF Scripps Biomedical Research in Jupiter, Florida

UF Scripps Biomedical Research

Addressing a World of Unmet Medical Needs

The scientists of UF Scripps Biomedical Research work at the exciting interface of chemistry and biology. We blend leading-edge expertise and resources to illuminate the molecular basis of health and disease. Employing unique and advanced tools of drug discovery, we pursue novel treatments for a world of unmet medical needs, in areas including genetic diseases, infectious diseases, brain disorders, autoimmune diseases and cancers.

The UF Scripps Biomedical Research campus in Jupiter, Florida was founded by Scripps Research, one of the world’s most innovative nonprofit biomedical research organizations. We joined the University of Florida, one of the nation’s top five public universities, in 2022. Together, UF Health and UF Scripps work to advance science, science education and medicine, all for the benefit of humanity. The Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Scripps Research trains the next generation of scientists on our campus through its nationally recognized Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences.

We offer unique resources for scientists, including our state-of-the-art molecular imaging center, which is equipped with cryo-electron microscopy. Also, following a grant of hundreds of thousands of microbial natural product strains, the institute is home to the Natural Products Discovery Center, where scientists mine the collection for new compounds with potential to treat human disease.

Today, around 500 people work at our campus, including more than 40 principal investigators. Our highly entrepreneurial culture has enabled our scientists to spin off new Florida-based companies at a rate of about one per year, each aimed at accelerating the development of innovative medicines. A 2021 study showed that we produced more than $3.2 billion in economic impact in our first 17 years of operation, not including capital investment in those spinoff companies. Learn more about the research and educational opportunities at UF Scripps Biomedical Research by visiting our website.

UF Scripps By Numbers

Facts About UF Scripps

A quick trip through our past, present and future.

The beautiful UF Scripps campus as seen from its interior courtyard.

 

History

A Vision of Healing

Scripps campus entrance
The sculpture ‘Angel of the West, ‘ by sculptor Julian Voss-Andreae, was dedicated to Scripps Florida founder Dr. Richard Lerner.

Visitors to the UF Scripps campus pass a beautiful steel-ribbon sculpture titled “Angel of the West.” Evoking Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, the sculpture was a gift of Biogen co-founder Charles Weissmann, PhD, who dedicated it to the late Richard Lerner, MD, longtime president of The Scripps Research Institute, and founder of the UF Scripps campus.

Today, researchers who not only probe and discover basic biology and the causes of disease, but also search for and advance potential treatments, are proud to continue Dr. Lerner and Dr. Weissmann’s legacy on the UF Scripps campus.

To read more about the history and accomplishments of UF Scripps, click here.

UF Scripps IS HIRING!

careers at UF Scripps

Join Us

Working at the frontier of human knowledge is exciting and challenging. UF Scripps has openings at many levels, including tenure-track faculty, post-doctoral research associates and administrative staff. Until April 2, 2022, search positions and apply at www.scripps.edu/careers and toggle to Florida. After April 2, 2022, go to jobs.ufl.edu and search under UF Scripps.

Post-doctoral opportunities abound at UF|Scripps.

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Living in Florida

The region surrounding our Jupiter, Florida campus offers beautiful, palm-lined beaches, an easygoing lifestyle and convenient access to all that Florida has to offer, from the Everglades to theme parks.
Water activities abound in the Jupiter area. The Jupiter Waterway Trail connects the Loxahatchee River, Intracoastal Waterway and Jupiter Inlet. You can canoe, kayak or paddleboard, glimpsing wildlife that include alligators, manatees and herons. And you can snorkel or dive to explore the coral reefs and marine life.
Fans of Major League Baseball can take in the spring training games of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, as well as their minor league affiliates, at the Roger Dean Stadium. Whether you love golf, tennis, nature hikes, art galleries, live music, outlet shopping, farmers markets or festivals, living in a vacation destination has its perks.

The Jupiter Lighthouse at Sunset. Photo by Trey Mahoney.

Leadership

UF Scripps Administrative Leadership

Patrick Griffin

Patrick Griffin Ph.D.

Scientific Director And Professor

Phone:

(561) 228-2200

Courtney Miller

Courtney Miller Ph.D.

Director Of Academic Affairs And Professor

Phone:

(561) 228-2958

UF Scripps Academic Leadership

Department of chemistry

Matthew D. Disney, PhD

Chair and Professor, UF Scripps Department of Chemistry

UF|Scripps Chemistry Dept. Chair Matthew D. Disney

department of immunology and microbiology

Michael Farzan, PhD

Chair and Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbiology

Michael Farzan, Chair and Professor, Department of Immunology and Microbiology

Department of molecular medicine

Laura Bohn, PhD

Chair and Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine

Laura Bohn, Chair and Professor of Molecular Medicine

department of neuroscience

Kirill Martemyanov, PhD

Chair and Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Kirill Martemyanov, PhD

Helpful Contacts

Name Title Business Phone Email
Amy Schatz Administrative Assistant II Support Facilities (561) 228-2052 aschatz@ufl.edu
Stacey S DeLoye Director Of Communications, UF Scripps (561) 228-2551 s.deloye@ufl.edu
Tracy S Kerwin Senior Director Of Advancement (561) 228-2055 tracykerwin@ufl.edu
Mary Schrot Immigration Specialist II (561) 228-2025 mschrot@ufl.edu
Alaina Russell Human Resources Assistant II (561) 228-2620 arussell4@ufl.edu
Rosie Albarran Zeckler Academic Program Spec III (561) 228-2994 albarranzecklerr@ufl.edu
Galina Judge Administrative Specialist II (561) 228-2061 gjudge@ufl.edu
Lynn Talaia Manager, Administrative Services (561) 228-2241 ltalaia@ufl.edu

Licensing Discoveries

License Discoveries

Partnering with Us

UF Innovate connects innovators with entrepreneurs, investors and industry, incubates startups and growth companies, and fosters a resilient economy. UF Innovate serves the tech transfer and entrepreneurial needs of Scripps Florida.

Chemistry Department Chair Matthew Disney, PhD, holds a compound that disrupts the frameshifting element of RNA viruses. Licensing of Scripps Florida discoveries happens through UF Innovate.