Naim Montazeri, Ph.D.

Mentor
Naim Montazeri, Ph.D.
Project Title
Improving the microbial safety of food through basic and applied research
College
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Time Commitment
11-15 hours/week ,16-20 hours/week ,6-10 hours/week
Method
Depends on lab funding Paid Research Credit Unpaid with future paid opportunities
Location of Research
On-Campus
Possible Co-Authorship
Yes

Project Description

We use basic and applied sciences to improve the microbial safety of food. The project focuses on the role of viruses in the environment, interaction with microorganisms, transmission to humans via food and water, development of mitigation strategies to reduce the risks of human exposure to pathogens. All the experiments will be performed in BSL-2 labs. The trainee(s) will work collaboratively with the PI and other senior researchers to learn working in the laboratory, preparing media and reagents, and techniques required for the virology assays. The overarching research activities include isolating and characterizing viruses from various matrices such as food, water, soil, and contact surfaces, performing virus persistence studies, and evaluating the efficacy of thermal and non-thermal microbial inactivation strategies. Other responsibilities include meeting regularly with the PI and other mentors; collecting, recording, organizing, and processing the data; and preparing and presenting technical documents (posters, manuscripts, handouts, etc.).

Additional Requirements
Lab safety training and Responsible Conduct of Research training

Contact Information

Email Address
nmontazeri@ufl.edu
Phone Number
3522943756
  • nmontazeri@ufl.edu
  • 3522943756
  • We use basic and applied sciences to improve the microbial safety of food. The project focuses on the role of viruses in the environment, interaction with microorganisms, transmission to humans via food and water, development of mitigation strategies to reduce the risks of human exposure to pathogens. All the experiments will be performed in BSL-2 labs. The trainee(s) will work collaboratively with the PI and other senior researchers to learn working in the laboratory, preparing media and reagents, and techniques required for the virology assays. The overarching research activities include isolating and characterizing viruses from various matrices such as food, water, soil, and contact surfaces, performing virus persistence studies, and evaluating the efficacy of thermal and non-thermal microbial inactivation strategies. Other responsibilities include meeting regularly with the PI and other mentors; collecting, recording, organizing, and processing the data; and preparing and presenting technical documents (posters, manuscripts, handouts, etc.).

  • Lab safety training and Responsible Conduct of Research training