Student Spotlight: Omar Zermeno

Name: Omar Zermeno

Lab: Dr. Gunduz

Hometown: Jacksonville FL

Fun fact: UF Housing Fair is my favorite holiday 🙂

What motivates you? I’m motivated by helping people by making things and being a lifelong learner

What attracted you to UF BME? It sounded cool? I initially did it as a way to keep on the pre-med track and do engineering but I fell in love with the engineering side and fell off of the pre-health track. I’m really glad I made this decision and I look forward to where it will take me.

What I love about Gainesville: Watching people in all walks of life develop in this small college town in the middle of Florida has been a unique experience. It’s something I don’t see in other schools in big cities.

Motivational Quote: “It’s not that serious” -Ibram Samuel. It’s easy to get caught up in your troubles but just find a friend and take a breath, everything works out eventually.

Honors and awards:

  • GRiP, Vice President,  2019-2021
  • GRiP, President, 2021-2022
  • Mayo Clinic Keynote Speaker,  2021
  • Cum Laude, 2022