Dr. Monika Oli wins 2016-2017 UF Faculty Advisor/Mentor of the Year!

Published: April 19th, 2017

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The University of Florida honors faculty who bring distinction to the university through their outstanding commitment to teaching, scholarship, service, research and creative activity. A number of awards and recognitions acknowledge the vital role of faculty at the university and makes note of their outstanding support of the university’s core mission.

This year, Dr. Monika Oli was selected as the 2016-2017 University of Florida  undergraduate faculty advisor/mentor of the year for her service to the students in Microbiology and Cell Science.  She had more than 19 student recommendations! Dr. Oli is now the first faculty member at Microbiology and Cell Science to ever win both the UF Teacher of the year (2012) and the UF Faculty Advisor/Mentor of the Year (2017) awards. Congratulations Dr. Oli!

Read below to learn more about Dr. Oli:

Monika Oli

Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate CoordinatorMOli

Department of Microbiology and Cell Science University of Florida

BSc (1992) University of Edinburgh, UK
MSc (1995) Mississippi State University, MS
PhD (2001) University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL
Post-Doctoral (2002-2004) University of Florida, FL
Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship (2009), Warrington College of Business, University of Florida, FL
Biotechnology Industry (2004-2010)

Contact Information


Spring 2017 schedule

Undergraduate Coordinator

  • Careers Advice – by appointment. I strongly encourage internship and study abroad opportunities for all students. This helps to be a more mature and better applicant for your future career goals. Check out internship and post-back opportunities here Opportunities

MCB Career videos at your fingertips: https://vimeo.com/groups/157228/sort:date/format:detail

Study Abroad Program Leader

Medicine, Microbiology and Health” – study abroad in Holland, Germany, France and Switzerland 2017.

           2017 program CANCELED

Our program was featured recently in CALS Connections – check it out! http://cals.ufl.edu/calsconnection/features.html#story11

ASM Gator Microbiology Club advisor

The American Society for Microbiology, UF Student Chapter is a student-run organization that offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to more fully explore the microbiology field by offering ties to research, leadership opportunities, relevant outreach programs, trips to microbiology-related institutions, and connections with fellow peers and faculty members. Join the microbiology club ASM Gators here http://asmgators.wixsite.com/home

Follow us on FB https://www.facebook.com/UFMicrobiology/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/mcsso/

Teaching Interests

Microbiology Laboratories MCB2000L, MCB3020L and MCB3023L – Syllabus MCB micro labs

Supervised Teaching MCB4934 1-2CR (every semester), must have taken a micro lab previously

Apply online to be a TA http://microcell.ufl.edu/TA_app/ Summer A opportunities are open now. Fall application will open soon.

TA workshop August 16th and 17th, 2017

Microbes without Borders MCB 2006 M3CR (web, fall)

This course will make you aware of the importance of the diversity of microbes and the significance in our every day lives. Different microbes are explored in readings, audiovisual materials and hands on explorations. Topics include viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi, microbes and art, bioterrorism, GMOs and biotechnology, food production and the role of microbes in agriculture. Issues like disease spread and prevention, vaccines and drug resistance will be examined. Students will participate in a challenge project to solve some of the global issues that are currently facing humanity. See Syllabus here Microbes without borders syllabus 11-16-15

This course is part of the UF International Scholars  Program and fulfills your international credit. More at UF’s International Scholars Program

Lab Skills Bootcamp MCB 3015C 1CR (web, spring) The course design is based on case studies and real life scenarios. The activities are driven by computer based activities, tutorials and skills mastery. This course is best suited for a curious self-motivated student. Students are additionally expected to explore a variety of tools and resources independently. See syllabus here Syllabus bootcamp spring 17 12-17

Skills and tools videos and tutorials

We have made a number of useful tutorials and instructional videos that help our students succeed in the courses and provide further information regrading careers


Research Interests

Tick born diseases in Florida and formation of cysts and biofilms in Borrelia burgdorferi
Functional amyloid formation in oral biofilms.
Intestinal microecology and the effect of probiotics and prebiotics.


  • 2017          CALS Undergraduate Faculty Advising/Mentor of the Year Award
  • 2016          NACTA Educator Award at the Annual Conference of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture held at the University of Hawaii, Manoa: “Gathering to Cultivate Student Success
  • 2012-13     University of Florida Teacher of the Year
  • 2012-13     CALS Teacher of Distinction, CALS Undergraduate Teaching Award, UF

Selected Publications


Schirmer, A., Sessions, R., Gravenstein, N., Rand, K., Oli, M., Cooper, LA., Sappenfield, J. 2017 Easy Transmission of Staphylococcus Epidermidis Through Commonly Used Non-Sterile Overhead Isolation Gowns; submitted to the New England Journal of Medicine (01-2017)

Drew, J. C., Oli, M. W., Rice, K. C., Ardissone, A. N., Galindo-Gonzalez, S., Sacasa, P. R., Belmont, J. H, Wysocki, A. F., Rieger, M. and Triplett, E. W. 2015. Development of a Distance Education Program by a Land-Grant University Augments the 2-Year to 4-Year STEM Pipeline and Increases Diversity in STEM. PLoS ONE, 10(4), e0119548. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119548

Davids, B. I., Davidson, M. J.TenBroeck, S. H., Colahan, P. T., Oli, M. W. Efficacy of Mechanical versus Non-Mechanical Sterile Preoperative Skin Preparation With Chlorhexidine Gluconate 4% Solution, Veterinary Surgery, 9999, 1-5, Article first published online: 24 APR 2015, DOI:10.1111/vsu.12335

Oli, M.W.; Ottoo, H. and Brady L.J. 2012. Functional amyloid formation in the oral pathogen S. mutans; Microbiology.158(12):2903-16. doi: 10.1099/mic.0.060855-0. Epub 2012 Oct 18.

Palmer S.R,. Crowley P.J., Oli M.W., Ruelf M.A., Michalek S.M. and Brady L.J. 2012. YidC1 and YidC2 are functionally distinct proteins involved in protein secretion, biofilm formation and cariogenicity of Streptococcus mutans. Microbiology. 158(7):1702-12. doi: 10.1099/mic.0.059139-0. Epub 2012 Apr 13.

Robinette, R. A., Oli M. W., McArthur W. P., and Brady L. J. 2011. A therapeutic anti-Streptococcus mutans monoclonal antibody used in human passive protection trials influences the adaptive immune response. Vaccine 29:6292-6300
Liu M.C., Akinyi L., Scharf D., Mo J., Larner S.F, Muller U., Oli M.W., Zheng W., Kobeissy F., Papa L., Lu X.C., Dave J.R., Tortella F.C., Hayes R.L., Wang K.K. 2010. Ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase-L1 as a biomarker for ischemic and traumatic brain injury in rats. Eur J Neurosci. 31(4):722-32.

Papa L, Akinyi L, Liu MC, Pineda JA, Tepas JJ 3rd, Oli MW, Zheng W, Robinson G, Robicsek SA, Gabrielli A, Heaton SC, Hannay HJ, Demery JA, Brophy GM, Layon J, Robertson CS, Hayes RL, Wang KK. Ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase is a novel biomarker in humans for severe traumatic brain injury. Crit Care Med. 2010 Jan;38(1):138-44.

Oli MW, Hayes RL, Robinson G, Wang KK. Traumatic brain injury biomarkers: from pipeline to diagnostic assay development. Methods Mol Biol. 2009;566:293-302.

Ottens AK, Kobeissy FH, Fuller BF, Liu MC, Oli MW, Hayes RL, Wang KK. Novel neuroproteomic approaches to studying traumatic brain injury. Prog Brain Res. 2007;161:401-18. Review.

McArthur WP, Rhodin NR, Seifert TB, Oli MW, Robinette RA, Demuth DR, Brady LJ. Characterization of epitopes recognized by anti-Streptococcus mutansP1 monoclonal antibodies. FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. 2007 Aug;50(3):342-53.

Faulkner SD, Oli MW, Kieft R, Cotlin L, Widener J, Shiflett A, Cipriano MJ, Pacocha SE, Birkeland SR, Hajduk SL, McArthur AG. In vitro generation of human high-density-lipoprotein-resistant Trypanosoma brucei brucei. Eukaryot Cell. 2006 Aug;5(8):1276-86.

Oli MW, Cotlin LF, Shiflett AM, Hajduk SL. Serum resistance-associated protein blocks lysosomal targeting of trypanosome lytic factor in Trypanosoma brucei. Eukaryot Cell. 2006 Jan;5(1):132-9.

Oli MW, McArthur WP, Brady LJ. A whole cell BIAcore assay to evaluate P1-mediated adherence of Streptococcus mutans to human salivary agglutinin and inhibition by specific antibodies. J Microbiol Methods. 2006 Jun;65(3):503-11.

Wang KK, Ottens AK, Liu MC, Lewis SB, Meegan C, Oli MW, Tortella FC, Hayes RL. Proteomic identification of biomarkers of traumatic brain injury. Expert Rev Proteomics. 2005 Aug;2(4):603-14. Review.

Oli MW, Rhodin N, McArthur WP, Brady LJ. Redirecting the humoral immune response against Streptococcus mutans antigen P1 with monoclonal antibodies. Infect Immun. 2004 Dec;72(12):6951-60.

Oli MW, Petschow BW, Buddington RK. Evaluation of fructooligosaccharide supplementation of oral electrolyte solutions for treatment of diarrhea: recovery of the intestinal bacteria. Dig Dis Sci. 1998 Jan;43(1):138-47.

Book chapters

Oli, MW, Wang, KK, Hayes, R, Robinson, G.R. Traumatic brain injury biomarkers: From pipeline to clinical validation. Neuroproteomics. Methods in Molecular Biology (Humana Press, Inc), 2009. 566:p293-302.

Oli, M, Chandra, G, Petschow, BW and Buddington, RK. Changes in pig intestinal structure and functions and resident microbiota induced by acute secretory diarrhea. In: Advances in Swine in Biomedical Research (Plenum Press, New York), 1996 p769-777.


  • Biomarkers of liver injury – US Patent # 7,645,584
  • Proteolytic biomarkers for traumatic injury to the nervous system  – US Patent # 7,456,027
  • Neural proteins as biomarkers for traumatic brain injury – US Patent # 7,396,654

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