Taj Azarian, PhD MPH

Assistant Professor, Genomics and Bioinformatics Cluster
Burnett School of Biomedical Science, College of Medicine
University of Central Florida

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. Mohammad Jubair is currently a Post-doctoral 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.

Major focus of his PhD research was on the persistence of cholera in aquatic environments conducted at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida research facility. Dr. Jubair was the first to report the ‘Persister’ phenotype of Vibrio cholerae. He has more than 10 years of professional experience as a microbiologist and molecular biologist in academia, private industry and government laboratories.

Dr. Jubair’s professional experience includes managing environmental microbiology and molecular biology laboratories, developing and standardizing new assays, implementing cutting-edge molecular techniques to study environmental microbes, and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Before joining at UCF, Dr. Jubair was conducting eDNA and conservation genetics research, and genomics of threatened and invasive species, as a Conservation Geneticist in the US Geological Survey, Gainesville, Florida.

Dr. Jubair has extensive experience in PCR, quantitative PCR, digital droplet PCR, molecular cloning, genetic engineering, whole genome sequencing, eDNA, conservation genetics and mammalian cell culture. He is currently applying his extensive knowledge and experience to the development of innovative and cutting-edge molecular biology techniques to study Bacterial Pathogen Genomics and Genomic Epidemiology.

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Eleonora CellaDr. 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

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