Assistant professor honored for excellence in research

Dr. Ignatio Aguirre

Dr. Ignacio Aguirre

Dr. J. Ignacio Aguirre, a faculty member in the UF College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of physiological sciences, has received a 2016 Excellence Award for Assistant Professors from the University Provost’s Office.

Aguirre’s research interest is in the field of bone biology and musculoskeletal diseases. He joined UF’s faculty in 2005 as a research assistant professor in the department of physiological sciences and as a laboratory instructor in dog gross anatomy. Later, he enhanced his clinical credentials by completing a residency in laboratory animal medicine at UF in 2012. He became board-certified in laboratory animal medicine in 2013.

His expertise includes bone cell biology, bone histomorphometry, basic bone biomechanics, veterinary gross and microscopic pathology, as well as cytology, histology, immunocytochemistry and molecular biology techniques.

“My veterinary background has provided me with expertise and experience in performing advanced procedures, interventions and surgeries in various species of laboratory animals, as well as with appropriate knowledge and expertise to pursue the development of animal models for the study of human and animal diseases,” Aguirre said.

The Provost’s Office offers the Excellence Awards for Assistant Professors to recognize junior faculty for excellence in research. Awards consist of a one-time allocation of $5,000 in support of research that can be used to fund travel, equipment, books, graduate students and other research-related expenses.

Aguirre received his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the National University of La Plata, Argentina. He performed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Endocrinology Division at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and also holds a master’s degree in veterinary pathology from the University of London, U.K.

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