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Making my own home” Dr. Kaplan’s startup career story  was published in Science in October 2016.

Kaplan Schiller Research was awarded $100, 000 worth of HR from May 2016 to October 2018 through the STEM Ready Program by CareerSource North Central Florida.

Kaplan Schiller Research thanks to Fisher Scientific and Corning for their new lab welcome pack.

Kaplan Schiller Research was selected to present at the 10th Celebration of Innovation of Start-up Showcase at UF on March 8, 2016.

Kaplan Schiller Research moved into a laboratory at the Florida Innovation HUB at UF in March 2016.

A prestigious recognition by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory for determining the structure of “death acids” in plants This work was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year. It was a collaborative research where Dr. Kaplan  elucidated the structure of death acids.


Kaplan Schiller Research, LLC., established a Cooperative Research and Development agreement (CRADA) with USDA-ARS to improve entomopathogenic nematode (insect nematode) efficacy for field applications.

The maize death acids, 10-oxo-11-phytoenoate and derivatives, demonstrate specificity in jasmonate-related pathogen signaling and defense (2015) Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1511131112.  In this manuscript, Dr. Kaplan elucidated the structures of death acids by NMR.

Conserved nematode signalling molecules elicit plant defenses and pathogen resistance (2015) Nature Communications 6 (7795), DOI:10.1038/ncomms8795. A collaborative paper that came out last week in “Nature Communications”. In this manuscript, Dr. Kaplan identified ascaroside pheromones from root knot nematode, a plant parasitic nematode, to determine whether plants would recognize nematode signals.


Dr. Kaplan was awarded a USDA-NIFA grant ($450K) from 2015 to 2018 in collaboration with Dr. Patricia Stock (Lead PI) at the University of Arizona and Dr. Rebecca Butcher (Co-PI) at the University of Florida. Project title is “Role of Xenorhabdus bacteria on pheromone production by Steinernema nematodes: Impact on nematode fitness and formulation”

Dr. Kaplan’s next 5 year vision statement for nematode pheromone field was selected as prize winning essay by Genetics Society of America and published in “The GSA reporter” Winter 2014 issue.


What makes a competitive faculty application package? Selected as one of the best stories of 2013 by the readers and Science Careers editors.


Dr. Kaplan was awarded the “Schroth faces of the future, Nematology”, a prestigious award by American Phytopathological Society.


Dr. Kaplan was featured by “Science Starts Here” Mag Lab Reports 15 (4): 19.

“Science Starts Here” showcases young scientists whose career paths have been greatly shaped by their experiences at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Mag Lab) which is the largest and highest powered magnet lab in the world.