Dept. of Biological Sciences
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 and serves in the Department of Biological Sciences in the Halmos College of Natural Science and Oceanography. She teaches and guides students throughout their careers at NSU. Her areas of research include microbiology, and innovations in science education. Aarti is recognized at NSU and externally for her support of undergraduate students which has connected her students with national and international research communities. Aarti collaborates with researchers from across the globe via the project called Small World Initiative (SWI) which she brought to NSU. SWI is a program that was created by Yale University’s Center for teaching and 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. Aarti has several years of research in the field of virology, specifically human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and its proteins. In addition to research and teaching, Aarti gained vast experience in the field of infectious diseases consulting for the pharmaceutical and financial industries.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 2000-2003
Research Fellow/Academic Fellow
Department of Pathology/Department of Cancer Immunology and AIDS
Harvard Medical School/Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Principal Investigator - Dr. Joseph Sodroski
Postdoctoral research topic: Studied structural aspects of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein to aid in the use of the envelope as a target for vaccine design.
Ph.D., Microbiology: University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP), MD 2000
Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics (CBMG)
Principal Investigator - Dr. Jeffrey J. DeStefano
Doctoral research topic: Understanding the mechanism of retroviral recombination, the role of HIV nucleocapsid protein and reverse transcriptase on HIV replication.
B.S., Microbiology: UMCP, MD 1993
Senior Market Research Analyst 2007-2009
New York, NY
Conducted online physician surveys and data analyses to evaluate current medical practices, unmet needs, and emerging devices/therapies. Provided market analysis and expert opinion to clients in the financial industry
Market Research Analyst 2003-2007
Decision Resources Group
Conducted pharmaceutical market analysis, including evaluation of current medical practices, unmet needs, and emerging therapies. Projected the commercial outlook for drugs in development
Areas of Academic Focus
HIV envelope proteins
Courses Taught at NSU
BIOL 1500 – Introduction to Biology I
BIOL 3400 – Microbiology
BIOL 3450 – Virology
BIOL 4950 – Internship in Biology
ENVS 3101 – Introduction to Public Health
HONR 2010 – Germs and their power over humanity
UNIV 1012L – First year seminar: Do Microorganisms define our identity?