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Julie Torruellas Garcia, Ph.D.

Julie Torruellas Garcia
Associate Professor

NSU's Halmos College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences

Honors Courses

  • HSCI 2010H Epidemics: Germs and Their Power Over Humanity

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


  • 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 delivering 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 Amenaza Escondida (Hidden Threats) on Al Rojo Vivo, which airs on Telemundo across the U.S. and Latin America.

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