Hassan Azari, PhD

Hassan Azari, PhD

Special Interest

  • Neural Stem Cell Biology & Technology
  • Brain Tumors
  • Cannabinoids
  • Extracellular Vesicle Based Therapy
  • Immunotherapy


Hassan Azari is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Azari earned his BSc in Physical Therapy from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran. He went on to earn a MSc in Anatomical Sciences from Tarbiat Modarres University, Iran and then completed his PhD in Anatomical Sciences from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 2007.

During his PhD, Dr. Azari studied for two years at The University of Queensland, Australia in Neural Stem Cell Biology & Technology. His PhD work was focused on developing new flowcytometry technologies to isolate and purify different neural cells from neural stem cells for neural cell transplantation in neurological diseases. In 2009, he began Post-Doctoral Research in Neural Stem Cell and Regenerative Neuroscience at the McKnight Brain Institute, University of Florida. He then became Assistant Scientist in the University of Florida Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program, in 2014. In 2016, Dr. Azari became Associate Professor of Anatomical Sciences, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Dr. Azari rejoined the Department of Neurosurgery in February 2018.

Dr. Azari’s current research focus is on the use of natural products, cannabinoids, and extracellular vesicles in combination with immunotherapy for the treatment of brain tumors and neurodegenerative diseases.