Institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation


Paul Sanberg

Paul R. Sanberg is senior vice president for research, innovation and knowledge enterprise; Distinguished University Professor of neuroscience, biomedical engineering, computer science and engineering, and business at the University of South Florida; executive director of the Center of Excellence for Aging & Brain Repair; and founder and president of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He is an inventor on 157 U.S. and foreign patents and has worked as an executive with a number of start-up companies involved in cell therapy for degenerative disorders. His work has been instrumental in translating novel pharmaceutical and cellular therapeutics to clinical trials for Tourette syndrome, depression, stroke, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, ALS, and Alzheimer's disease. He is the 2016 recipient of the John P. McGovern Science & Society Award; 2015 Medalist of the Florida Academy of Sciences; a 2015 inductee of the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame; fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and Royal Societies of Chemistry, Public Health, and Medicine; Charter Fellow of the NAI; and inaugural AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador. He serves on the nomination evaluation committee of the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation with the U.S. Department of Commerce, Smithsonian Innovation Festival selection committee, and advisory board of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity. He has published more than 650 scientific articles and 14 books.

Colleen Parker

Colleen Parker is program manager of the Institute for Advanced Discovery and Innovation (IADI) at the University of South Florida. She leads strategic planning and initiatives for the Institute. Originally from Oregon and New York, she joined USF in 2015, following nearly 2 decades in senior level positions in proprietary education and information technology solutions firms. She earned her B.A. in International Studies from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. In addition to her work at USF, she volunteers as President of the Seminole Heights Community Gardens.

Judi Dorn

Judi Dorn, GCRA, Research Services Administrator - Judi Dorn joined USF in 2011. She works on a wide array of initiatives, including the ResearchOne program, Associate Deans for Research, Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, and the Institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation, where she is responsible for financial and logistical coordination. She holds a bachelor's degree in technical communications from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Graduate Certificate in Research Administration from USF.

USF Institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation
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Colleen Parker, Institute Manager
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