Dr. Sara Tavakoli is the Scientific Director for Research Facilities and an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She oversees all of the core research facilities at NSU and scientific operations for the CCR. She started her career focusing on the pathogenesis of inhalational Anthrax infections in the murine model. This research resulted in authorship of several scientific journal publications. Dr. Tavakoli has over 15 years of experience in the scientific field and specializes in research administration, regulatory compliance and coordinating the day to day operations of research laboratories. Dr. Tavakoli has a wide-ranging background establishing research infrastructure, serving on research oversight committees, developing international biorisk management standards and coordinating laboratory design recommendations on a global scale. She has also worked to open, operate, and manage highly specialized research facilities from their inception, including high containment laboratories, Vivariums and microbiological core services at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tavakoli has served on numerous research committees overseeing various research programs including biosafety, human embryonic stem cells and animal care programs.
Dr. Tavakoli earned bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Psychology from New Mexico State University. After completing her undergraduate studies Dr. Tavakoli received her PhD from the University of New Mexico.