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Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department

Dr. Naim Montazeri

Assistant Professor of Food Virology
Florida Sea Grant Faculty Affiliate


Dr. Montazeri’s basic and translational research areas focus on food and environmental microbiology with a particular interest in viruses. Through the interdisciplinary projects, he studies the fate of pathogenic viruses in the environment, their transmission to human (through water, food, and contact surfaces), and develop strategies to mitigate the risks of contamination. His other research areas include the utilization of bacteriophages to develop novel risk assessment tools and bacterial decontamination strategies. Along with his research activities, he has developed educational materials and teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses at the UF/IFAS Food Science and Human Nutrition Department.

  • Research
    • Environmental persistence and decontamination of pathogenic viruses in food, water, and on contact surfaces
    • Rapid methods for the isolation and detection of pathogens
    • Interaction of bacteriophages with Vibrio spp. isolated from oysters
    • Biotechnological application of bacteriophages as risk assessment tools
    • Antibacterial applications of bacteriophages and phage therapy
  • Teaching
    • Food and Environmental Virology, Fall (FOS 4223/6224)
    • Food Microbiology, Spring (FOS 4222L/5225C)
  • Education
    • Postdoctoral Research Scholar. North Carolina State University (2018) – Food Virology
    • Ph.D. in Food Science. Louisiana State University (2015) – Food and Environmental Virology
    • M.S. in Seafood Science. University of Alaska Fairbanks (2011) – Seafood Microbiology
    • M.S. in Natural Resources and Fisheries, Iran (2005) – Seafood Toxicology
    • B.S. in Natural Resources and Fisheries, Iran (2002) – Seafood Parasitology
  • Publications

Naim Montazeri

Contact Information

University of Florida
572 Newell Drive P.O. Box 110370
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: (352)294-3756
Room # FSHN 341B