Many of the investigators in CAMRA have previously worked together and published together in various fields of microbiology, environmental ecology, risk assessment and disease transmission.
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Dr. Rose, co-director (MSU) has worked with Dr. Haas since 1988 and is a co-editor along with Dr. Haas of the only book on MRA, Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment, (John Wiley and Sons, NY, NY, 1999). She has been involved with integrated microbial risk assessment models with Drs. Casman and Small and has worked with Dr. Gerba on MRA as well as on methods and transport assessment for bacteria, parasites and viruses. She has been involved with EPA and development of the methods and data for support of various rule making including the Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule. Her recent collaborations have examined zoonotic pathogens with Dr. Carole Bolin and Biochip development with Dr. Syed Hashsham.
Dr. Haas, co-director (Drexel) was one of the first scientists to examine dose-response data sets for microbial agents spread through environmental means and implement a quantitative risk framework following the NAS. He was the primary editor behind the book on Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment. He has interacted with EPA in regard to disinfection and rules for development of the Surface Water Treatment Rule. He has examined outbreak data, inhalation, ingestion and contact exposures. He has recently published on dose-response modeling for anthrax. Dr. Haas has been a member of several National Research Council committees dealing with bioterrorism. He served on a panel to review the EPA research strategy for homeland security protection of water and wastewater infrastructure He is currently serving on a committee to define :"how clean is safe" following clean up from a bioterrorist event.
Dr. Eisenberg (UM) is an expert in the area of microbial risks and study of disease transmission models for water. He has collaborated with Drs. Rose Haas and Dr. Koopman in the past, in addition to being involved with the scientists from University of California-Berkely and the University of Michigan. His current research interests include the epidemiology of waterborne pathogens and malaria. He has been involved in examining impacts and approaches for controls for environmentally transmitted agents and serves as an advisor to both the national and international communities of public health professionals.
Dr. Gerba (UA) is well known for his research on virus transport in water. He has been involved in survival and transport studies; point-of-use (POU) disinfection, prototype devices for UV disinfection. He has been involved in methods development and assessment for microbial detection in water and quantifying dispersion of biological agents in biosolid aerosols and domestic environments. He is PI of the Environmental Dispersion of Biological Agents in Sewer systems study for DARPA and the Alternatives for chlorine disinfection of water supplies study for the Dept. of Homeland Security SARPA He is also studying the dispersion of spores in drinking water distribution systems.
Dr. Gurian (Drexel) has developed integrated model of exposure, risk, and impacts of alternative regulatory options for multiple drinking water contaminants and is Co-PI of an NSF-sponsored study of risk management for extreme events affecting the U.S.-Mexico border-crossing infrastructure. He is currently involved in two studies of the public perception of technological risks, one addressing the perceived risk of wastewater reuse and one addressing the perceived risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, and a third study concerning Bayesian hierarchical modeling of the occurrence of contaminants in drinking water.