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Latifa S. Abdelli, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Central Florida. She holds MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Sciences from the UCF Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences – College of Medicine (BSBS-COM). Her research initially focused on the investigation of stem cell technology for cardiac tissue repair and regeneration following myocardial infarction and other cardiovascular events. She subsequently expanded her research interest to encompass the role of the gut brain axis in auto-immune disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease, cardiometabolic and autism spectrum disorder.

As an educator, Abdelli has served as a visiting assistant professor at Stetson University Health Science Department where she taught Anatomy and Physiology, Research Proposal and Project, Medical Terminology, and Pathology. Concurrently,  she was an adjunct lecturer for Molecular Diagnostics, a graduate-level course at UCF BSBS-COM, and Pathophysiology I at UCF Department of Health Sciences.


  • MS, Master of Science
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy
Areas of Specialty
  • Stem cells in tissue repair and regeneration
  • Role of Gut-Brain axis in health and disease
  • How NFL Player Damar Hamlin Tackled the Odds: Health Experts Weigh In

    Written By: Heather Lovett | January 23, 2023
    A panel of UCF medical and rehabilitation experts discuss what happened, what Hamlin’s physical and mental recovery could look like, and protecting the heart health of athletes.
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