About The Wertheim UF Scripps Institute Science on a mission

The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology advances human health through biomedical research, drug discovery and clinical studies, while providing outstanding educational opportunities to inspire and train the next generation of scientists.

About Us

UF Scripps Biomedical Research in Jupiter, Florida

The Wertheim UF Scripps Institute

Addressing a World of Unmet Medical Needs

The scientists of The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology work at the exciting interface of chemistry, biology and technology. We blend leading-edge expertise and resources to illuminate the molecular basis of health and disease. Employing unique and advanced tools of drug discovery, we pursue novel treatments for a world of unmet medical needs, in areas including genetic diseases, infectious diseases, brain disorders, autoimmune diseases and cancers.

The Wertheim UF Scripps Institute campus in Jupiter, Florida was founded by Scripps Research, one of the world’s most innovative nonprofit biomedical research organizations. We joined the University of Florida, rated a top public university, in 2022. Together, UF Health and The Wertheim UF Scripps Institute work to advance science, science education and medicine, all for the benefit of humanity. The Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Scripps Research trains the next generation of scientists on our campus through its nationally recognized Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences.

We offer unique resources for scientists, including our state-of-the-art molecular imaging center, which is equipped with cryo-electron microscopy. Also, following a grant of hundreds of thousands of microbial natural product strains, the institute is home to the Natural Products Discovery Center, where scientists mine the collection for new compounds with potential to treat human disease. Other centers of excellence include the Center for Inflammation Science and Systems Medicine and the Center for RNA Medicine.

Today, around 500 people work at our campus, including 40 principal investigators. Our highly entrepreneurial culture has enabled our scientists to spin off new Florida-based companies at a rate of about one per year, each aimed at accelerating the development of innovative medicines. A 2021 study showed that we produced more than $3.2 billion in economic impact in our first 17 years of operation, not including capital investment in those spinoff companies. Learn more about our research and educational opportunities by exploring our website.



Institute Leadership

James Lapple

James Lapple

The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology – Chief Financial Officer


(561) 228-2001

Patrick Griffin

Patrick Griffin Ph.D.

Scientific Director And Professor


(561) 228-2200

Courtney Miller

Courtney Miller Ph.D.

Director Of Academic Affairs And Professor


(561) 228-2958

Laura Bohn

Laura Bohn Ph.D.

Chair And Professor, Department Of Molecular Medicine


(561) 228-2227

Matthew Disney

Matthew Disney Ph.D.

Institute Professor & Chair, Department Of Chemistry


(561) 228-2203

Kirill Martemyanov

Kirill Martemyanov Ph.D.

Professor And Chair, Department Of Neuroscience


(561) 228-2770

Susana Valente

Susana Valente Ph.D.

Professor And Chair, Department Of Immunology And Microbiology


(561) 228-3454

Katrin Karbstein

Katrin Karbstein Ph.D.



(561) 228-3210

dedicated to Excellence in research and education

The Wertheim UF Scripps Institute External Advisory Board

Eight highly respected biomedical research and education leaders have joined the inaugural External Advisory Board of The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology, bringing significant expertise in academia, industry and government to institute leaders.


A Vision of Healing

Scripps campus entrance
The sculpture ‘Angel of the West, ‘ by sculptor Julian Voss-Andreae, was dedicated to Scripps Florida founder Dr. Richard Lerner.

Visitors to The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute campus pass a beautiful steel-ribbon sculpture titled “Angel of the West.” Evoking Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, the sculpture was a gift of Biogen co-founder Charles Weissmann, PhD, who dedicated it to the late Richard Lerner, MD, longtime president of The Scripps Research Institute, and founder of the Florida campus.

Today, researchers who not only probe and discover basic biology and the causes of disease, but also search for and advance potential treatments, are proud to continue Dr. Lerner and Dr. Weissmann’s legacy on what has since been renamed The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute for Biomedical Innovation & Technology, in honor of our benefactor, inventor, philanthropist and humanitarian Dr. Herbert Wertheim.

To read more about the history and accomplishments of our scientists, click here.

UF Scripps By Numbers

Facts About UF Scripps

A quick trip through our past, present and future.

The beautiful UF Scripps campus as seen from its interior courtyard.


careers at UF Scripps

Join Us

Working at the frontier of human knowledge is exciting and challenging. UF Scripps has openings at many levels, including tenure-track faculty, post-doctoral research associates and administrative staff.

Post-doctoral opportunities abound at UF|Scripps.

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Living in Florida

The region surrounding our Jupiter, Florida campus offers beautiful, palm-lined beaches, an easygoing lifestyle and convenient access to all that Florida has to offer, from the Everglades to theme parks.
Water activities abound in the Jupiter area. The Jupiter Waterway Trail connects the Loxahatchee River, Intracoastal Waterway and Jupiter Inlet. You can canoe, kayak or paddleboard, glimpsing wildlife that include alligators, manatees and herons. And you can snorkel or dive to explore the coral reefs and marine life.
Fans of Major League Baseball can take in the spring training games of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, as well as their minor league affiliates, at the Roger Dean Stadium. Whether you love golf, tennis, nature hikes, art galleries, live music, outlet shopping, farmers markets or festivals, living in a vacation destination has its perks.

The Jupiter Lighthouse at Sunset. Photo by Trey Mahoney.

Helpful Contacts

Name Title Business Phone Email
Stacey DeLoye Director Of Communications, The Herbert Wertheim UF Scripps Institute For Biomedical Innovation & Technology (561) 228-2551 s.deloye@ufl.edu
Tracy S Kerwin Executive Director Of Advancement (561) 228-2055 tracykerwin@ufl.edu
Mary Schrot Immigration Specialist II (561) 228-2025 mschrot@ufl.edu
Rosie Albarran Zeckler MGR, Academic Support Srvcs (561) 228-2994 albarranzecklerr@ufl.edu
Galina Judge Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator II (561) 228-2061 gjudge@ufl.edu
Lynn Talaia Manager, Administrative Services (561) 228-2241 ltalaia@ufl.edu
Melissa Carpio Human Resources Assistant (561) 228-2032 m.carpio@ufl.edu

Licensing Discoveries

License Discoveries

Partnering with Us

UF Innovate connects innovators with entrepreneurs, investors and industry, incubates startups and growth companies, and fosters a resilient economy. UF Innovate serves the tech transfer and entrepreneurial needs of UF Scripps.

Chemistry Department Chair Matthew Disney, PhD, holds a compound that disrupts the frameshifting element of RNA viruses. Licensing of UF Scripps discoveries happens through UF Innovate.