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About Aarti Raja

Aarti Raja earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Maryland in 2000, completed her postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School and joined the faculty at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) in 2012.  She holds the rank of Associate Professor in the department of biology.  Her areas of research include microbiology, and innovations in science education.  Aarti has over 12 years of research in the field of virology, specifically human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and its proteins. Aarti collaborates with researchers from across the globe via the project called the Tiny Earth (TE:, a program that allows undergraduate students to engage in research early in their careers laying the groundwork for scientific discovery. Aarti is also part of a program started at NSU called Science Alive which connects the college community with local schools to bring hands-on science education and learning opportunities to school age children. In addition to research and teaching, Aarti gained vast experience in the field of infectious diseases consulting for the pharmaceutical and financial industries.


2012 - Present Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Biological Sciences


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present TE Symposium 2018 Committee Member, Tiny Earth
2016 - Present Coordinator, Biology I Labs
2016 - Present Program Director, MD Anderson University Outreach Summer Program
2014 - Present Partner Instructor, Tiny Earth (TE)
2012 - Present Coordinator, Science Alive!
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Honors and Awards

  • (2020-2021) Nominated - Faculty of the Year - NSU Office of Student Affairs
  • (2014) ASM Early Career Faculty Travel Award for Excellence in Microbiology Education
  • (1998-1999) Andrew Moyer Outstanding Graduate Student Award
  • (1998-1999) Teaching Excellence Award
  • (1994) Rajiv Gandhi Summer Research Fellowship
  • (1992-1993) Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship


  • UNIV 1012L - First Year Seminar: Do Microorganisms Define Our Identity?
  • HONR 2010 - Germs and Their Power Over Humanity
  • ENVS 3101 - Introduction to Public Health
  • BIOL 4950 - Internship in Biology
  • BIOL 3450 - Virology
  • BIOL 3400 - Microbiology
  • BIOL 1500 - Biology I/Lab


2000 - 2003 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School ‐ Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology
2000 Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Maryland at College Park
1993 B.S. Microbiology, University of Maryland at College Park

Contact Information

(954) 262-7975


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