A Malaysia native, Dr. Kalai Mathee is a dedicated and demanding professor who has received utmost praise from her students and mentees. She received a B.S. in Genetics and M.S. in Microbial Genetics from the University of Malaya and went on to complete her Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology from the University of Tennessee—Memphis under the tutelage of Dr. Martha Howe.

She is well-respected in her field, receiving the Mentor of the Year Award in 2011, alongside the highest honor for faculty at FIU, the President's Council Worlds Ahead Faculty Award. Additionally, Dr. Mathee has distinguished herself by receiving a Passion in Science award from New England BioLabs in 2014.

Dr. Mathee currently researches Pseudomonas aeruginosa virulence mechanisms as Editor of the Journal of Medical Microbiology, and Director of the Global Health Consortium at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University.

Academic Positions
  • Present2010

    Professor

    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

    Florida International University. Miami, FL

  • 20162014

    Founding Director

    Global Health Consortium

    Florida International University. Miami, FL

  • 20142014

    Visiting Scientist/Consultant

    Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
    Washington, DC

  • 20142013

    Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

    Florida International University. Miami, FL

  • 20132007

    Founding Chair

    Department of Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases,
    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

    Florida International University. Miami, FL

  • 20102007

    Associate Professor

    Department of Molecular Microbiology and Infectious Diseases,
    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

    Florida International University. Miami, FL

  • 20072006

    Visiting Associate Professor

    Harvard Medical School

    Boston, Massachusetts

  • 20072005

    Associate Professor

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Florida International University. Miami, FL

  • 20051999

    Assistant Professor

    College of Arts and Sciences

    Florida International University. Miami, FL

  • 20001997

    Visiting Scientist

    Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby & University Hospital

    Copenhagen, Denmark

Education
  • B.Sc. 1984

    Genetics

    University of Malaya (Prof. T.K. Mukharjee)

  • M.Sc. 1986

    Molecular Biology

    University of Malaya (Prof. Chong-Lek Koh)

  • Ph.D. 1999

    Pseudomonas aeruginosa Pathogenesis

    University of Tennessee Medical School (Prof. Dennis Ohman)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow 1993

    Helicobacter pylori Pathogenesis

    Tufts Medical School (Prof. Andrew Wright)

Current Mathee Crew

Supurna Dhar

Supurna Dhar

Doctoral Candidate

Dr. Hansi Kumari

Research Analyst

Dr. Diansy Zincke

Research Analyst

Kyle Martins

Kyle Martins

Doctoral Candidate

Sundar Pandey

Sundar Pandey

Doctoral Candidate

Gorakh Tatke

Gorakh Tatke

Doctoral Candidate

Brett Colbert

Research Fellow

Lior Frey

Lior Frey

Research Fellow

Jessica Gutierrez

Jessica Gutierrez

Research Fellow

Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Research Fellow

Ricardo Obando

Research Fellow

Christopher Romero

Research Fellow

Sameer Shaikh

Research Fellow

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