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Johnny  El-Rady

Johnny El-Rady

Johnny El-Rady
Instructor III


Office: BSF 212, 213
Phone: 813/974-1590


B.S. American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon 1988
Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi 1996


I have been at USF since August 1997. I have had the privilege to teach courses from the freshman to the graduate level. These include: BSC 1020 – The Biology of Humans; MCB 3020 – General Microbiology; PCB 3063 – General Genetics (Both face-to-face and online); PCB 4663 – Human Genetics; and MCB 5815 – Medical Mycology. I have also offered courses through the Honors College, here in Tampa, and also in London, as part of the USF Study Abroad program.

As of Summer 2018, I have taught about 24,000 students at this wonderful university. And it has been a pleasure and a blast! If you are a prospective student, please email me and I will provide you with more information about any of my courses.

You can also get a sense of the courses from the types of projects my students have produced over the years. The best ones are posted on my educational website at


I am not currently involved in research, but my background is in molecular biology. Specifically, I worked on the identification and cloning of genes from the dimorphic fungus, Histoplasma capsulatum. This fungus, which is the leading cause of respiratory mycoses in animals, has the ability to convert from the mold form (found in the soil) to the yeast form in the lungs. Under the supervision of Dr. Glenmore Shearer, I was able to contribute to the molecular biology of this important pathogen.