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
  • Present2012

    Associate and Founding Director

    Global Health Consortium
    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

  • 20142014

    Consultant

    Antibiotic Resistance Team
    Pan-American Health Organization

  • 20142013

    Asst. Dean of Student Affairs

    Evaluation and Assessment
    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

  • 20132010

    Founding Chair and Professor

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

  • 20102007

    Chair (Interim) and Associate Professor

    Department of Biological Sciences
    Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Education
  • 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)

  • M.S. 1986

    Molecular Biology

    University of Malaya (Prof. Chong-Lek Koh)

  • B.S. 1984

    Genetics

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

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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