Leah R Reznikov

Leah R Reznikov


Department: Department of Physiological Sciences
Business Phone: (352) 294-4059
Business Email: leahreznikov@ufl.edu


Excellence Award for Assistant Professors
2020 · University of Florida
Teacher of the Year Award (Class of 2021)
2019 · University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Pew Scholarship Program Candidate Representative
2018 · University of Florida
Distinguished Doctorate Alumni Award
2017 · University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Matching Funds Award Dovetail Genomics
2017 · unknown
STEM Mentor
2017 · New York Academy of Sciences
Health Sciences Research Week Cover Art Winner
2014 · University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Interdisciplinary Research Poster Session Best Poster Award
2014 · University of Iowa
K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Grant Recipient
2014 · Unknown
Health Sciences Research Week Outstanding Poster Award in Postdoctoral Fellow and Staff Category
2013 · University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Interdisciplinary Research Poster Session Women in Science and Engineering Award
2013 · University of Iowa
Health Sciences Research Week Outstanding Poster Award in Postdoctoral Fellow and Staff Category
2012 · University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
NIH T32 Institutional NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipient, Cardiovascular Center, Internal Medicine
2010 · University of Iowa
Chair’s Fund Recipient
2007 · Amygdala in Health & Disease Gordon Conference
Young Investigator Travel Award
2007 · International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology
Graduate Student Travel Award
2006 · Society for Neuroscience
Research Assistantship
2004 · University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Academic Recognition Scholarship
1998-2002 · Iowa State University

Research Profile

The research interests of my lab are centered on the interface of the nervous system and the airway. Using multidisciplinary approaches, we aim to answer three big picture questions: 1) Is dysfunction of the nervous system sufficient to induce airway disease? 2) What are the neural substrates that detect airway insults? 3) Can targeting the nervous system prevent airway disease?

To answer these questions, we use models of asthma and cystic fibrosis, with a special emphasis on early stage life. We perform in vitro and in vivo studies in parallel, and utilize numerous techniques ranging from basic molecular biology to microscopy to ion transport studies to whole animal physiology. We are keenly interested in the communication of the sensory nerves with the airway, and the processes governing transmission of that information to target tissues (i.e. epithelia, smooth muscle, submucosal glands, brainstem, etc). The goal of all our efforts is to improve human health and discover new mechanisms of airway disease.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)



Apr 2020 ACTIVE
Epithelial CREB-BDNF Regulation of Mucin in Cystic Fibrosis
UF FOU · Principal Investigator
Nov 2019 ACTIVE
Regulation of Inflammation and Mucus by CREB
CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOU · Principal Investigator
Jul 2019 ACTIVE
Transgenic Pigs with Red-Shifted Channelrhodopsin-Citrine Fusion Proteins
NATL INST OF HLTH OD · Principal Investigator
Apr 2017 ACTIVE
OoR CTSI Institutional Matching Support
Sep 2016 ACTIVE
Functional mapping of peripheral and central circuits for airway protection and breathing
Sep 2016 ACTIVE
Neural Pathogenesis of Airway Smooth Muscle Defects in Airway Disease
NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Principal Investigator


Postdoctoral Scholar
2008-2016 · Lung Biology and Cystic Fibrosis Center, University of Iowa
Doctor of Philosophy Biomedical Sciences with focus in Neuroscience
2004-2008 · University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Regents Semester Study Abroad Program
2000 · University of Newcastle
Bachelor of Science in Biology
1998-2002 · Iowa State University

Contact Details

(352) 294-4059

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