Ondrovic, Leo

Title: Associate Professor of Biology and Physics

Department: Department of Mathematics & Science

Phone: 352-588-7408

Email: leo.ondrovic@saintleo.edu


  • Bachelor of Science, General Engineering, University of South Florida
  • Master of Science of Engineering Science, University of South Florida
  • Ph.D. Engineering Science, with specialization in Biomedical Engineering, University of South Florida


I am a lifelong Floridian, with generations of ties to Saint Leo University. I was a medical researcher at James Haley Veteran’s Hospital in Tampa Fl, working on the MALVAD artificial heart project for 6 years. I went on to become an Associate in Research serving as the Laboratory Director of the Department of Surgery, in the College of Medicine, at the University of South Florida, coordinating student surgery labs, and conducting artificial organ research, surgical methods research, and orthopedic implant research. I also had a courtesy appointment in the Chemical Engineering Department at that time, and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in biomedical engineering. I began teaching as an adjunct professor at Saint Leo in 2005, then in 2006 became a full time tenure track Assistant Professor of Biology. In 2008 physics courses were added to my responsibilities as I became Assistant Professor of Biology and Physics. I was promote to the rank of Associate Professor starting in 2012.

Community Affiliation:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Chemical Society
  • International Union of Pure and Applied chemistry
  • Florida Academy of Science
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society (graduate member)

Teaching & Professional Interests:

I developed the University Exploration course “Evaluatiing the Predictions of Global Warming” for on ground and on-line delivery at SLU. I am currently working on a textbook for non-science majors to utilize the scientific method to explore Global Climate Change. I am interested in educational research to quantify best teaching practices for physical and biological sciences. I have authored or co-authored dozens of peer reviewed papers in artificial organs and surgical research, as well as dozens of presentations, one surgical instructional video, a book chapters and one short story. I also published a laboratory manual for General Physics in 2014.

Honors & Awards:

  • U.S. Patent #RE44050 “Vascular Prosthesis March 5, 2013
  • Tenure, Saint Leo University 2011
  • Charles Neer Award for Best Scientific Paper March 2001
  • Best Scientific Paper, 7th International Congress on Surgery of the Shoulder, Oct 1998

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