About Afsar Ali
Afsar Ali, Ph.D. was born and raised in Bangladesh where he obtained his BS in Soil Microbiology and MS in Microbiology with honors from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Following his academic achievement, he joined in International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR, B), a world class research Institution in the world involving research on diarrheal pathogens.
In 1990, Dr. Ali was accepted as a graduate student with full scholarship in the Department of Microbiology in the University of Microbiology where he obtained MS in Enteric Microbiology. He then obtained his Ph.D. in molecular biology/biotechnology from Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES) program from the same University. Later, He joined as an Instructor in the department of epidemiology in the school of Medicine in the University of Maryland at Baltimore where he was later promoted to Assistant Professor. On July 1, 2008, Dr. Ali moved to University of Florida where he has been working as a Research Associate Professor in the department of environmental and global Health in the School of Public Health and Health Professions (PHHP), and in Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI).
Dr. Ali’s research work has resulted in many publications published in diverse peer reviewed journals, including Science, Nature Microbiology, mBIO, Emerging Infectious diseases (EID), Nature Scientific reports and ASM journals.
Dr. Ali’s research is focused in microbiology and epidemiology. His current research goals include determining the role of cholera biofilm in the microorganism’s persistence and evolution in aquatic reservoirs, studying cholera and other diarrheal pathogens, identifying environmental drives promoting cholera’s evolution and cholera transmission in humans, perform environmental and clinical surveillance in cholera endemic countries to understand the dynamics of cholera transmission as it relates to spatial and temporal manner. In his lab, he employs a variety of state-of-the-art microbiological, molecular, genetic, physiologic and advanced microscopic analyses to achieve the above goals.