Nadim J. Ajami, PhD
Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine
Dr. Nadim Ajami is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Laboratory of Dr. Mary Estes in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ajami received his B.Sc. degree in Clinical Microbiology from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, in Bogota, Colombia followed by an internship in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His first steps at Baylor College of Medicine were as a research technician in the laboratory of Dr. Estes where he then joined the graduate school and obtained a Ph.D.
Dr. Ajami is familiarized with the field of enteric viruses from the very start of his scientific career. While an undergraduate, his thesis studies dealt with correlating the presence of a specific strain of rotavirus in a rural town’s aqueduct in Colombia with the incidence of infections by rotavirus in the same town’s pediatric population. His interests in norovirus started as a research technician in Dr. Estes laboratory where he cloned and expressed capsid-encoding genomes of different strains of norovirus for the production of virus-like particles, an invaluable tool in the field of norovirus research. As a graduate student, Dr. Ajami joined the laboratory of Dr. Herbert DuPont, associated with the School of Public Health of the University of Texas. His Ph.D. thesis consisted of characterizing the role of norovirus as an agent associated with Traveler’s Diarrhea where he had the opportunity to travel abroad and contribute to field research. Now, he has joined Dr. Estes as a postdoctoral associate where he is focused on determining the cellular tropism of noroviruses, characterizing the immune response following infection and developing reagents for the rapid detection of this viruses in the field.
As a young scientist he is well published with numerous peer-reviewed publications and the recipient of multiple awards for his contribution to the field of norovirus research.