Erika Moore is currently serving as the Rhines Rising Star Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. During the first two years of her appointment as an assistant professor, Erika will be conducting research as a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Erika’s work research focuses on understanding how materials elicit specific responses upon interaction with the immune system. Erika completed her Ph.D. at Duke University under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer West in May of 2018. She previously graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in May 2013. Erika has been recognized for her commitment to learning by being awarded the following accolades: the Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship from Johns Hopkins University, the Biomedical Engineering Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation from the Duke University Department of Biomedical Engineering, the NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Fellowship, the Dean’s Graduate Fellowship and the James B. Duke Fellowship from the Duke University Graduate School. In addition to her academic pursuits, Erika founded “Engineering a Community”, a mentoring program for minority students in the Pratt School of Engineering, and served as a Graduate Resident in the Housing, Dining and Residence Life Department for 4 years during her PhD at Duke.
Dr. Moore was elected young trustee by the Graduate and Professional Student Council in 2017, and served as an observer to the board and the Duke Health Academic Affairs Committee and the Institutional Advancement Committee in 2017-2018. A voting member in 2018, Dr. Moore is a member of the Graduate and Professional Education and Research Committee and the Next Generation Living and Learning Experience Task Force.