Faculty Profile

Saleh Naser, PhD

“The most rewarding aspect of working at UCF is teaching the art of discovery and enabling students to become part of breakthroughs like curing Crohn’s disease,” states Saleh Naser, PhD. As coordinator of the Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology Master’s programs and co-coordinator of the interdisciplinary doctoral program in Biomedical Sciences in the UCF College of Medicine, Dr. Naser teaches in the classroom, mentors in the lab and leads by example for his students.

After earning a PhD in Medical Microbiology from New Mexico State University, Dr. Naser joined UCF in 1995 following a postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. He teaches Advanced Clinical Chemistry I and II and Infectious Processes courses.

Dr. Naser’s research focuses on investigating Crohn's disease etiology. Publications from his lab have direct impact on the way Crohn's disease is diagnosed and treated. Currently, Dr. Naser’s lab is participating in an international clinical trial to treat Crohn’s patient with antimicrobial therapy. For more information on this work, view Dr. Saleh Naser - Crohn's IBN Feature on YouTube. 

Shadab A. Siddiqi, PhD

Shadab A. Siddiqi, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Central Florida. He joined UCF in 2009 and established a successful independent research program, earning both national and international recognition for his research. Dr. Siddiqi’s program has been continuously well funded by AHA and NIH grants. His major contribution to the field is the discovery of a new paradigm for the ER-to-Golgi transport of nascent lipoproteins. Currently, his research interests are focused on deciphering the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the lipid (fat) metabolism.

“I strongly believe that it is a faculty responsibility to communicate scientific advancements that inspire young undergraduate and graduate students to become the next generation of teachers and scientists,” says Dr. Siddiqi. His teaching focuses on fundamental cellular and molecular principles affecting daily life with the likelihood of impacting the students’ personal lifestyle choices and preparing them for their future medical student studies. 

Dr. Siddiqi holds a PhD in Protein Chemistry from the Central Drug Research Institute, India. His postdoctoral training was done at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, where he worked extensively on intracellular protein and lipid trafficking. 

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