Celebrating Women in Energy and Water Research Technical Seminar
Since the era of waterborne jaundice and polio, diseases spread by viruses were present prior to our understanding of these unique biological entities. Environmental virology attempts to understand the disease risk through the monitoring of viruses in wastewater, fresh and marine waters. The advent of molecular tools and high throughput sequencing technologies coupled with metagenomics has offered the opportunity to identify human viral pathogens including global spread of diseases such COVID-19. We now have the ability to monitor community health via the surveillance of our wastewater thus addressing global grand challenges including the implementation of world-wide vaccination programs.
Joan B. Rose holds the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2011) and the winner of the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize. She is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety. She has published more than 300 manuscripts. She led the International Water Associations (IWA) Task Force on COVID19 in 2020. She is also in charge of the Global Water Pathogens Project www.waterpathogens.org. She was a member of the IWA Board of Directors (2016-2020). Dr. Rose earned her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Arizona, Tucson and masters from the University of Wyoming. She is currently collaborating with the State of Michigan on the State-wide program on Wastewater Surveillance for COVID-19.
Networking Event from 5-6:00 p.m. in Steidle Lobby to follow presentation.