Our Team

Dr. Shannon E. Boye

Shannon Boye

Shannon Boye graduated with a Ph.D in Neuroscience from the University of Florida in 2006. She is now a tenured full Professor and Chief of the Division of Cellular and Molecular Therapy in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Florida. The focus of her research is developing viral vector-based gene therapies for the treatment of inherited ocular disease. She has multiple awarded and pending patents emanating from her research program, and is actively funded by the NIH, private foundations, and pharma. She is the recipient of several major awards including the Foundation Fighting Blindness’s Board of Director’s Award, the Gund Harrington Scholar Award, the ARVO Foundation/Merck Innovative Ophthalmology Research Award, and the ARVO/Pfizer Carl Camras Translational Research Award. Since 2010, she has given over 70 invited lectures both within and outside the USA. She is also co-Founder, Director, and Chief Scientific Officer of Atsena Therapeutics, a clinical stage gene therapy company based in Durham, North Carolina. Outside of her research, she is actively involved in the teaching mission of the College of Medicine at the University of Florida and is passionate about outreach/education outside the University. She routinely provides lab tours for visually impaired patients, hosts foundation meetings and educates patients about ongoing research being conducted to address treatments for their conditions.


Research Assistant Professor


Graduate Students

Jaden Tang
Department: MD-PEDS-CELL / MOLEC THERP DIV

Jaden Tang

GRADUATE AST-R
Valerie Hinsch
Department: MD-OPHTHALMOLOGY-GENERAL

Valerie Hinsch

PREDOC FELLOWSHIP
Phone: (352) 273-8601
Brooke M Seldin
Department: MD-PEDS-CELL / MOLEC THERP DIV

Brooke M Seldin

GRADUATE AST-R
Phone: (352) 273-8601

Biological Scientists

Diego S Fajardo
Department: MD-PEDS-CELL / MOLEC THERP DIV

Diego S Fajardo

Biological Scientist III
Phone: (352) 273-7413
Hannah Friend
Department: MD-PEDS-CELL / MOLEC THERP DIV

Hannah Friend

Biological Scientist II
Phone: (352) 273-8258
Wei Li
Department: MD-PEDS-CELL / MOLEC THERP DIV

Wei Li

Biological Scientist III
Phone: (352) 273-7413
James J Peterson
Department: MD-PEDS-CELL / MOLEC THERP DIV

James J Peterson

Biological Scientist III
Phone: (352) 273-7413
Emily M Xu
Department: MD-PEDS-CELL / MOLEC THERP DIV

Emily M Xu

Biological Scientist II
Phone: (352) 273-9342
Hangning Zhang
Department: MD-PEDS-CELL / MOLEC THERP DIV

Hangning Zhang

Biological Scientist III
Phone: (352) 273-7431

Co-Investigators

Sanford L Boye
Department: MD-POWELL GENE THERAPY CENTER

Sanford L Boye

Associate Scientist, Director Of Vector Core
Phone: (352) 273-6549