UFRI Fellow, Furler 2015

Robert Furler, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Florida SouthWestern State College
Fort Myers, Florida
Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellow
Award year: 2015

As an early career investigator, Dr. Furler has built a microbiology lab at Florida SouthWestern State College where he has trained over a dozen undergraduate researchers.  Dr. Robert Furler investigates host-pathogen interactions that affect human cell polarity, chemotaxis, and signaling.  Trained as an immunologist specializing in HIV pathogenesis, Dr. Furler is continuing his studies into how HIV proteins utilize lipids, ions, and the cytoskeleton to enter and exit the cell. He has helped facilitate HIV information sessions with the UN-FPA and is working with several research groups to understand HIV biology. 

In addition to research, Dr. Furler started as a professor of Microbiology and Genetics at FSW in 2012.  In addition to being a recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative, he was an ASM Science Teaching Fellow and continues to incorporate active learning and backwards design into his classroom and curriculum.  Dr. Furler emphasizes research as an important learning experience for his students. In Summer 2016, Dr. Furler will bring ten of his undergraduate research students to South Africa to take part in the International AIDS Conference.  He is also collaborating with Cold Springs Harbor to bring RNA-Sequencing technology into the undergraduate biology classroom.  More information can be found about Dr. Furler and his lab at www.robertlfurler.com.

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