Thu, Jan 30, 2020 @ 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars
Speaker: Prof. Krista Wigginton, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Talk Title: Recent Advancements in Environmental Virus Fate and Detection
Abstract: Recent Advancements in Environmental Virus Fate and Detection
The detection and removal of infectious viruses in the environment is critical for protecting human health. A number of factors complicate virus detection and obscure their environmental fate,including their small size, their lack of conserved genes, their rapid evolution, and the difficulty in
culturing many important strains. This seminar will review recent advances in environmental virology, including our work on the mechanistic fate and detection of viruses in wastewater and
drinking water treatment processes.
Biography: Dr. Krista Rule Wigginton is an associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the
University of Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty at UM, she was an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, College Park from 2011-2012. Her research focuses on applications of environmental biotechnology in drinking water and wastewater treatment. In particular, her research group develops new methods to detect and analyze the fate of emerging pollutants inthe environment.
Dr. Wigginton received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Idaho, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech. After
completing her Ph.D. degree, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Ãcole Polytechnique FÃ©dÃ©rale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland from 2008-2011.
Host: Dr. Daniel McCurry
Audiences: Everyone Is Invited
Contact: Evangeline Reyes