Robert Merkel

Robert Merkel vortexing a sample.

Lab Manager

Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology

PO Box 110880

2015 SW 16th Ave

Gainesville, FL 326111-0880

(352) 294-8289



  • B.S., Microbiology & Cell Science, University of Florida, 2021
  • B.A., History, University of Florida, 2021


Research Interests

I am a Florida native and a recent addition to the Zhou lab. I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and a Bachelor of Arts in history. My position at the Zhou lab was my first job after graduation, and it has been a fantastic opportunity to add to the type of work environment that bolsters productivity and morale. I take pride in my position as lab manager because it allows me to form close relationships with a small group of peers with similar interests and create a space that promotes safe and consistent work. When I am not at work, you can find me doing yoga and lifting weights at my community gym or going out for a walk around Gainesville’s many beautiful natural areas.

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