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Bobbi Knickerbocker

Director PHPB

Prior to coming to the University of Florida (UF) in 2008, I worked in healthcare as both an R.N. and hospice chaplain. While most of my healthcare experience was in general pediatrics, the last fifteen years were spent working in pediatric and adult hospice. I also had the privilege of working with both the Oglala Lakota tribe in South Dakota, providing educational and daily living needs, and the Roma population coordinating and providing medical clinics in northwest villages of Romania in cooperation with Romanian healthcare providers. In addition to my R.N. and B.A. in Family Education, I completed a Masters in Religious Education from Western Theological Seminary and a Masters in Counseling from Central Michigan University.

I have been with UF for over ten years providing advising for students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, in the Biology, Botany and Zoology majors, as well as pre-health students university wide who seek advising as they build their applications towards admission to healthcare professional schools. I am director of the Pre-Health Post-Bac (PHPB) program and teach the PHPB Seminar.

I serve on the UF College of Medicine Committee on Diversity. And I serve as a board member for both the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) and the Southeastern Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (SAAHP). I worked with other advisors to bring the Committee of Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) to both the national and regional levels.

I am committed to and passionate about empowering and guiding students in their preparation for professional healthcare careers and the privilege in sharing their journeys.

Dr. Brian Harfe

Associate Dean of Research
Associate Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Dr. Harfe has administrative oversight of the PHPB program.

Dr. Brian Harfe earned a BS (honours) degree from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, followed by a Ph.D. in developmental biology from The Johns Hopkins University. After completing his Ph.D., he held postdoctoral positions at Emory University and Harvard Medical School. Currently, he is a tenured Professor in the UF College of Medicine, Associate Dean of Research (ADR) and Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences and Mathematics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Assistant Provost for Teaching and Technology in the Office of the Provost. He is responsible for all research, online activities, and the seven science and math departments in the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Projects in the Harfe laboratory include investigating limb and intervertebral disc development using the mouse and chick model systems. He has published >100 papers, which have been cited >14,500 times (h-index 61, i10-index 92). His research has been funded by both private and public agencies. Dr. Harfe teaches graduate, medical, and undergraduate students and has received numerous teaching awards.