University of Florida
Dr. Erika Moore is the inaugural Rhines Rising Star Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. She defended her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in May of 2018. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. Dr. Moore’s work broadly focuses on understanding how immune cells can be leveraged to enhance tissue regeneration. Ongoing research efforts of the Moore Lab seek to develop materials capable of directing immune cells towards desired clinical outcomes as well as developing in vitro tissue models to profile immune cell interactions in clinically relevant disease settings. As a black woman, Erika is also a passionate advocate for professional development and financial literacy. She is the co-founder of #BlackInBME, a group organized to offer support to black trainees and faculty in biomedical engineering. She is the founder and president of Moore Wealth Inc., a non-profit created to empower students in financial literacy. Through Moore Wealth, Erika leads seminars in financial literacy and awards scholarships to historically excluded populations of students. Recently acknowledged as Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Healthcare category, Dr. Moore became the first African American woman elected as graduate and professional student Trustee on the Duke University Board of Trustees. Her notable awards include the NIH KL2 Training grant and a Space Research Initiative grant, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.