Niaz Banaei received his medical education from Stanford University and completed residency training in laboratory medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious diseases at the New York University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Pathology and Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine) at Stanford University and is the Medical Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at Stanford Health Care. In addition, he is the Director of Stanford Clinical Microbiology Fellowship. He serves on the board of advisors for the Center for Disease Control Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium II (TBESC). His research interests include (1) development, assessment, and improvement of novel infectious diseases diagnostics, (2) enhancing the quality of C. difficile diagnostic results, and (3) characterization of M. tuberculosis virulence determinants. He was the recipient of Kenneth L. Vosti Infectious Diseases and Stanford University clinical pathology junior faculty teaching awards.