Institute for Advanced Discovery & Innovation


Paul Sanberg

Dr. Paul R. Sanberg is Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation & Knowledge Enterprise; Distinguished University Professor; and Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Aging & Brain Repair at the University of South Florida. His work has been instrumental in translating new pharmaceutical and cellular therapeutics to clinical trials and commercialization for Tourette syndrome, stroke, ALS, Alzheimer's, Huntington's and Parkinson's disease, and he has significant biotech and pharmaceutical industry experience in these areas.

He trained at York University, University of British Columbia, Australian National University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and held faculty appointments at University of Cincinnati and Brown University, among others. He is an inventor on 159 U.S. and foreign patents, and has served on numerous scientific advisory boards for health-related foundations and companies. He is author of over 660 scientific articles and 14 books—with over 31,804 citations; and is co-editor-in-chief of Technology and Innovation, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors.

He is President and Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, 2018 Fulbright Specialist, 2016 John P. McGovern Science & Society Award recipient; 2015 Florida Academy of Sciences Medalist; 2015 Florida Inventors Hall of Fame inductee; Fellow of AAAS, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Royal Societies of Chemistry, Public Health and Medicine; and AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador. He serves on the nomination evaluation committee for the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, Smithsonian Innovation Festival selection committee, and advisory board of the APLU Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity.

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.

Kelsey Deck

Kelsey Deck, Administrative Specialist – Originally from Pennsylvania, Kelsey Deck joined USF in 2017 and is responsible for the financial and logistical coordination for the Institute. She holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. She also works on a wide array of additional initiatives for USF Research & Innovation.


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