Taj Azarian, PhD MPH
Dr. Taj Azarian is currently an assistant professor at the Burnett School of Biomedical Science, University of Central Florida. His lab uses pathogen genomics to investigate the emergence and spread of bacterial infectious diseases, with a specific interest in antibiotic-resistant pathogens that are frequent causes of healthcare-associated infections. To accomplish this, they use a variety of tools including epidemiology, bioinformatics, computational biology, population genomics, and phylogenetics. The Azarian lab’s goal is to understand the factors that contribute to pathogen success and to develop new genomic epidemiological methods to detect, monitor, and combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.
Education and Training
2018 – Harvard University, Postdoctoral Fellow. Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. Laboratories of William P Hanage and Marc Lipsitch
2015 – University of Florida, PhD in Epidemiology. Laboratory of Marco Salemi
2009 – Florida Department of Health. Fellow. Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service
2007 – University of Florida, Masters in Public Health. Epidemiology
2004 – University of Florida, B.S. Microbiology
Dr. Eleonora Cella is currently a Post-doctoral Scholar at Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in the laboratory of Dr. Azarian. Her research is focused on microbial evolutionary dynamics and molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases.
Her experience is in the use of cutting edge genomic tools, analyzing next-generation sequencing data, and using advanced phylogenetic analytical algorithms and bioinformatics tools.
Education and training
2018 – Post-doctoral fellow at the University Campus Bio-medico of Rome, Rome, Italy
2017 – PhD in Public Health and Infectious Diseases at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy.
2013 – Masters in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy.
2011 – Bachelor in Human Biology at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Rome, Italy
Dr. Sayf Al-Deen Hassouneh is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Burnett School of Biomedical sciences in the laboratory of Dr. Taj Azarian. His previous research focused on the analyzing the differences between healthy gut microbiomes across geographical regions, as well as the analysis of healthy and diseased gut microbiomes using compositional data analysis methodologies. He has also conducted research analyzing the effects of SNP’s in the _TL1A_ gene on Crohn’s disease prevalence and response to therapeutics. Currently, his research centers around the use of next-gen sequencing for genomics, metagenomics, and molecular epidemiology.
Julia Webb graduated from UCF with a degree in Biomedical Sciences, and is currently earning her Master’s in Biotechnology. She is interested in Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, and she plans to pursue a PhD and begin a career in the Biotech industry. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, playing the piano, and spending time outdoors.
Dr. Mohammad Jubair completed a post-doctoral fellowship Scholar at Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences in the laboratory of Dr. Azarian. He holds a Bachelor and Masters in Microbiology and PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Dhaka in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He currently works as a research scientist for icddr,b in Dhaka, Bengledesh.