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Julie Torruellas Garcia, Ph.D.

Julie Torruellas Garcia Associate Professor jg1511@nova.edu

Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography
Department of Biological Sciences
cnso.nova.edu/overview/faculty-staff-profiles/julie_torruellas-garcia.html

Honors Engagement

  • Available to serve as an advisor for Honors Thesis research

Research Focus

  • Microbial pathogenesis and bacterial type III secretion systems
  • Efficacy of electrostatic sprayers for the delivery of disinfectants
  • Identification of environmental bacteria

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Miami
  • B.S. University of Massachusetts – Amherst

After earning a doctoral degree in microbiology and immunology, Torruellas Garcia conducted a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute. She teaches a variety of courses including Microbiology/Lab, Microbial Pathogenesis, Immunology, Genetics and Cellular and Molecular Biology.  Research in her lab is conducted exclusively by NSU undergraduate students and focuses on identifying bacteria from everyday items, examining the efficacy of electrostatic sprayers for the delivery of disinfectants, and developing techniques to detect novel antibiotics that inhibit bacterial type III secretion systems. Her research has been featured on “How Dirty Is It?” on CBS4 News, and on Amenaza Escondida (Hidden Threats) on Al Rojo Vivo, which airs on Telemundo across the U.S. and Latin America.

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