about the UF breathe center The only center of its kind in the us

Although many centers in the United States are devoted to pulmonary function, no other is focused on respiratory neuromuscular function.

Our mission

Jay Nair

Mission: To create a world-renowned program devoted to understanding physiological challenges to respiratory motor control in health and disease and to translate our knowledge into strategies of respiratory rehabilitation in devastating clinical disorders that compromise breathing. Our goal is to unite basic and clinician scientists at UF committed to understanding the biology and pathophysiology of breathing and airway defense. The center fosters links between the University of Florida and private/public organizations that support biomedical research.

50 Investigators With over 50 researchers and clinicians from across UF, and dedicated leadership and administrative teams, our members are committed to the UF BREATHE Center mission.


20 Departments The T32-funded BREATHE Training Program brings together top breathing researchers and clinicians from over 20 departments across UF to educate the next generation with an emphasis on “cross-training.”

BREATHE Training Program

6 Research Cores The UF BREATHE Center supports 6 cores that represent the breadth of preclinical and clinical respiratory research.

BREATHE Research Cores

center partners

working together

Center Partners

Our faculty collaborate with researchers in several centers across campus and beyond to meet our mission.


Building community

Educating the Next Generation

Training Program

The BREATHE Training Program is designed to allow young scientists to engage in meaningful translational research partnerships and to develop successful careers in respiratory research.


See the Center in action

Video Library

From guest lectures to our CoBAD Seminar Series, we are building a video library that illustrates the breadth and depth of breathing research and therapeutics.