Acutely aware that the variety and abundance of plants, animals and insects in a given area define its environmental health and that imbalances can lead to catastrophe, the University of Florida is positioning itself as a world leader in devising solutions to maintain this delicate balance.

The University of Florida is devising a way to feed the world — indefinitely — for less than the cost of feeding 130 American families for a year, focusing on ensuring that the world's burgeoning population doesn't outrace food production.

Ongoing research in plant biology at the University of Florida is resulting in improved crops and food that is tastier and more nutritious, creating an immense impact in a state where half a million people are employed in the agriculture industry.

With leading-edge facilities at its Energy Research & Education Park, the University of Florida is bringing more engineers on board to investigate ways to produce energy from naturally replenished sources such as sunlight, wind and rain.

Health and Wellness

The University of Florida is recruiting a scientific team to advance its expertise in the discovery and development of drugs to treat obesity, neurological disorders and cancer, allowing UF to make a greater contribution to solving the world's health problems.

Genomic Medicine The University of Florida, already a leader in enabling doctors to pinpoint medicine that will work best on patients through analysis of their genes, is expanding its ability to pioneer and prepare for more comprehensive approaches to genomic medicine in everyday health care.

The University of Florida is bringing mathematicians, geographers and biologists together to work with UF's existing public health experts to explain and predict where disease will strike next by mathematically modeling the spread of infectious illnesses.

As the site of one of the nation's six federally funded centers focused on the chemistry that occurs inside human cells, the University of Florida is identifying the molecules that contribute to metabolism, allowing researchers to better understand disease, genetic mutations, and the influence of environmental factors on growth and development.

The University of Florida has set a goal to become an international leader in the study of how microbes interact with the human gut and immune system, blazing a path that could lead to breakthroughs in finding cures for Crohn 's disease and colon cancer.

Aware that one-third of all human disease is related to the nervous system, the University of Florida is working to understand the structure and function of the brain, which will lead to therapies for brain disorders.

The University of Florida is building on its strengths in veterinary and human medicine to become a world leader in the science of infectious and zoonotic diseases such as SARS, dengue, and West Nile virus.

The University of Florida is committed to finding the first powerhouse drug to preserve muscle mass in the aged as well as cancer patients and other ill people by building on its nationally recognized excellence in the field of muscle regeneration.

The University of Florida is assembling a team of engineers, biologists and medical researchers to advance research efforts into materials so tiny they can enter a cell to diagnose and treat disease.

The University of Florida is focused on breaking the code of pathogens that increase the incidence epidemic outbreak, threatening the health of the world's population.

Information Systems

The University of Florida is expanding its expertise in unmanned vehicles such as hurricane drones — tiny planes that can fly into a hurricane and provide real-time data that meteorologists and emergency officials can use — to monitor farms and forests, to transport people, and to explore space.

The University of Florida is using HiPer Gator, the state's most powerful supercomputer, to crunch numbers in medicine, life sciences, education and social science with an eye toward ensuring that data serve us rather than overwhelm us.

As cybercriminals and terrorists continue to launch attacks on ATMs, banks and military stealth drones and personal information including medical and financial records is at increased risk, the University of Florida is becoming the nation's leading expert in the area of cybersecurity.

The University of Florida is studying systems and practices of technology use to better understand humans as individuals and as members of groups, focusing on the ways they adopt, adapt and organize their lives around computational technologies.

The University of Florida is investigating what goes into a successful translation regarding how, when, where, and to whom to deliver potentially life-saving information in the areas of health and science.

Learning and Society

As one of the world's fastest growing economies, Africa has many potentially catastrophic health threats. The U.S. departments of Education, Defense and State already tap the University of Florida's expertise about the continent, and UF's Center for African Studies is bringing in more minds to study problems such as infectious disease, food shortages and lack of sanitation.

The University of Florida is adding to the number of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships its faculty has won to become one of the country's best writing programs.

As the site of the largest collection of Spanish American colonial artifacts in the world, the University of Florida is continuing its mission to bring the history of St. Augustine to life, strengthening the state's tourism industry and providing a better understanding of the past.

By elevating its corporate and business law program to elite status, the University of Florida is making an enormous contribution to business formation and economic development in the state.

Because what happens in Latin America echoes strongly through Florida with implications for the state's environment and economy, the University of Florida is advancing the expertise of the oldest Latin American studies program in the nation, ensuring a brighter future for an increasingly crucial region.

The University of Florida is recruiting new engineering researchers who can lead a push to shorten the generation-long lag from discovery of a new material to its use in health care, national security, energy and consumer technology.

The University of Florida is expanding opportunities for students enrolled in UF's web-based courses, establishing a research-and-development arm of its new undergraduate online operation.

The University of Florida is applying brain research to improve teaching during a child's first five years, which can produce a lifetime of benefits, particularly for children in poverty, with autism, or with other circumstances that threaten to prevent them from reaching their full potential.

The University of Florida is bringing together engineers and computer scientists to unlock complex relationships that connect people and better inform the world in its efforts to fight terrorism, predict the spread of disease, and estimate the size of hard-to-count populations.