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"Discovery is one of the most exhilarating processes in science. It makes work feel like play."

- Leah Reznikov, PhD


Leah R. Reznikov, PhD

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor

Department of Physiological Sciences

College of Veterinary Medicine

Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Neuroscience, in the Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics, and in the Department of Pharmacology

College of Medicine

Affiliate faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences

Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences

University of Florida 

Office: BSB, B2-009

Phone: 352-294-4059


Iowa State University 1998-2002

B.S, Biology

University of NewCastle, Australia 2000

Regent's Study Abroad Program

University of South Carolina School of Medicine 2004-2008

Ph.D, Biomedical Sciences

University of Iowa Lung Biology and Cystic Fibrosis Center, 2008-2016

Postdoctoral Scholar, Welsh Laboratory

Current Funding


NIH R01, PI (2021-2025)

Katie Rose Foundation Grant, PI (2020-2025)


Scientific: airway disease, learning and memory, neurotransmission, mucus secretion, airway smooth muscle, physiology, neural circuits, molecular biology, microscopy, cell culture, transcriptomics, evolution.

Recreational: running, biking, traveling, experiencing new cultures, learning, painting, cooking, laughing, music and catching up with friends and family.


Leah Reznikov attended Iowa State University as an undergraduate and obtained her B.S. in Biology in 2002.  Between the years of 2004 and 2008, she attended the University of South Carolina School of Medicine where she earned her doctorate in Biomedical Sciences.  Her doctoral work in the laboratories of Drs. Lawrence Reagan and Jim Fadel focused on the neurochemical and neuroanatomical correlates of stress.  Her observations contributed to a paradigm shift away from a monoamine hypothesis of depression towards a neuroplasticity hypothesis focused on glutamate.  She was a Postdoctoral Scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Welsh, HHMI, from the years of 2008-2016, where she became an expert in airway biology. She developed her own research niche by merging the fields of neuroscience and airway biology.  By doing so, she earned an NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award that traveled with her to the University of Florida where she is currently faculty. She is PI on several extramural and intramural grants.  Her teaching responsibilities include Head Lecturer & Course Coordinator for Veterinary Pharmacology. She is a Scientific Advisor for the Cure Sanfilippo Foundation, Editorial Board member of several journals, and participates in multiple mentoring programs to enhance diversity in science. Dr. Reznikov believes strongly in giving people opportunities to realize their potential and succeed.

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