Student Spotlight: Jean-Pierre Pierantoni

Jean-Pierre Pierantoni

Lab: Dr. Benjamin Keselowsky

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Research focus: Biomaterials, Immune Engineering principles by utilizing glycosylation methods for modification of proteins

Fun fact: I was born with 6 wisdom teeth

What motivates you?  What gets my brain going is a feeling of being excited for something I do not know yet, whether it be an event I am anxiously waiting for or I am trying to learn a new concept. The anticipation and ability to experience something that is unknown to me is what makes me tick.

What attracted you to UF BME? Why I wanted to be a part of this department was because of its many resources and incredible faculty and staff. The College of Engineering and the BME department have been instrumental to my success and ability to formulate an expansive professional network. I would not be the person I am today without the support of my peers and mentors I have met while being a part of this program.

What I love about Gainesville: The things that make Gainesville such a unique town are the people and places such as record stores, restaurants, and parks that have made my time in Gainesville a wonderful experience. Also, my memories from gamedays.

Quote: “People who live their lives in fear are destined to have uncomfortable feet” -J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Honors and awards:

College of Engineering Dean’s List, Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholar, Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholar, University Scholars Program, UF Fernandez Family Scholar, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, NSF REU participant at UNC Chapel Hill, NSF REU Travel Grant, ABRCMS Travel Grant, National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) Fellowship