Michela Mir, PhD, CCC-SLP

Hometown: Fredonia, WI

Year I became a Gator: 2018

Department: Physical Therapy

Mentor: Gordon Mitchell, PhD & Emily Fox, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS

Research focus: To improve diagnostic and therapeutic methods for cough and swallow dysfunction.

What drives me: The potential to improve the quality of life in people who experience airway protective disorders.

What I like most about the BREATHE Training Program: The variety of professional backgrounds that inspire and motivate collaborative research and continuous development of novel ideas.

What I like about Gainesville: Being near so many springs/state parks, the university environment, and the surrounding Gainesville community.

Why I chose BREATHE at the University of Florida: Its overall mission and vision to improve respiratory health in a variety of patient populations by harnessing the full capacity of collaborative science. It is a supportive and challenging environment that fosters new researchers’ growth on both individual, and team-based levels.

What makes the BREATHE Training Program unique? There is an impressive history of interdisciplinary research that truly spans the translational science spectrum.

What I do for fun: Spend time with my family, pets, and friends- love to travel, go to the beach, attend my kids’ theater and sporting events, and explore Florida’s state parks.