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Julie Torruellas Garcia, Ph.D.

Julie Torruellas Garcia
Associate Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences
(954) 262-8195


  • Ph.D. (Microbiology and Immunology) - University of Miami
  • B.S. (Biology) - University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Julie Torruellas Garcia, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography at Nova Southeastern University. She earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Miami and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute. She teaches a variety of courses including Microbiology/Lab, Microbial Pathogenesis, Immunology, Genetics, and Cellular and Molecular Biology. Research in the Garcia Lab is conducted exclusively by NSU undergraduate students and focuses on developing techniques to detect novel antibiotics that inhibit bacterial type III secretion systems, examining the efficacy of electrostatic sprayers for the delivery of disinfectants and identifying bacteria from everyday items for the news. 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.

Research Focus

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

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 1500 - Biology I/Lab
  • BIOL 2400 - Applied Micrbiology (online)
  • BIOL 3400 - Microbiology/Lab
  • BIOL 3600 - Genetics/Lab
  • BIOL 4300 - Microbial Pathogenesis
  • BIOL 4340 - Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • BIOL 4360 - Immunology
  • BIOL 4950 - Internship
  • BIOL 4990 - Independent Study
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