Student Spotlight: Zaid Abu-Mowis 

Zaid Abu-Mowis

Lab: Allen Lab

Hometown: Amman, Jordan

Research focus: My research revolves around biomaterials and regenerative medicine. Specifically, I have explored two projects: the ability of a new drug-releasing stent to reduce thrombosis and restenosis and the effects of complexing single-stranded DNA with collagen.

Fun fact: I love playing all kinds of sports, and I enjoy sketching in my free time.

What motivates me? My true passion is exploring the intricacies of the human body and discovering innovative ways to impact individuals and patients positively. Knowing that I will have the ability to bring a smile to someone’s face fuels my motivation to follow my goals and dreams even when it gets difficult.

What attracted you to UF BME? Attending UF was a no-brainer for me as it is one of the best schools in the country. When choosing my major, UF BME stood out because of the welcoming interactions I had with the professors and faculty during my freshman year. I was also attracted by the program’s rigor and the opportunities it offered to study biomedical engineering to do research, especially given the department’s upward trajectory and commitment to excellence.

What I love about Gainesville: I love Gainesville for many reasons! First, the city’s size is just right for me: not too small that I feel isolated and bored, and not too big that I would easily get lost. It is the perfect setting to accommodate a prestigious university like UF. Second, I love its beautiful trails and the scenery it offers. Last, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and befriending some of the most wonderful people here.

Quote: “If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” -Thomas Jefferson. It is my favorite quote and the one that got me through college.

Honors and Awards:

  • Strong Heroes Health Equity Scholar 2023
  • University Scholar 2022-2023
  • Summa Cum Lauda
  • President’s Honor Roll