• Dr. Nazira El-Hage earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University Of Kentucky in 2002. She moved to Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and in 2014, she was promoted to an Associate Professor in the Department of Immunology and Nano-medicine at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Her research focuses on the underlying mechanisms of HIV-induced pathology in the central nervous system in the context of opioid drug abuse. Furthermore, she have a keen interest in the autophagy pathway and in understanding how this pathway contributes to the neurological disorder associated with HIV and how opioid exacerbates the disorder in HIV-infected glial cells. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) since 2009 and she also received funding from the Florida Department Health to study the neurological effects of the Zika virus in brain cells and embryonic development, focusing on the autophagy pathway.

research interests

  • Neurocognitive Disorders; Neuroaid; HIV-1; Exosomes; Extracellular Vesicles; PKH67; Zika Virus Infection; Microcephaly; Flaviviridae

selected publications

full name

  • Nazira El-Hage