Diversity News

01
Dec
USF Sloan Students and Directors Attend the Institute

USF Sloan Students and Directors Attend the Institute

ATLANTA, GA - CMS Sloan students, scholars and directors attended the 24th Institute ...

04
Oct
Pamela Hallock-Muller received USF Mentor of the Year Award

Pamela Hallock-Muller received USF Mentor of the Year Award

TAMPA, FL - On Monday October 3, 2016, Professor Pamela Hallock-Muller received the U...

28
Sep
Ileana Freytes Ortiz selected as a Pathways Award Winner

Ileana Freytes Ortiz selected as a Pathways Award Winner

TAMPA, FL - Ileana Freytes Ortiz has been selected as a Pathways Award winner for her...

09
Sep
Dinorah Chacin awarded the National Science Foundation, GROW Fellowship

Dinorah Chacin awarded the National Science Foundation, GROW Fellowship

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dinorah Chacin was awarded the National Science Foundation, Grad...

Erin M. Symonds

Erin M. Symonds

About my research:

I specialize in public health-related water microbiology as a PhD candidate in Dr. Mya Breitbart’s Genomics Laboratory. My research involves wastewater-related viruses, specifically the pepper mild mottle virus, and the use of these viruses to identify fecal pollution in the environment as well as to assess the pathogen removal efficiency of wastewater treatment systems. I am particularly interested in wastewater reuse issues and developing country contexts.

Why USFCMS?

As a USF-CMS graduate student, I have been afforded the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary research related to public health-related water microbiology through collaborations with the USF RECLAIM network as well as with NOAA. Furthermore, I have greatly benefited from the USF Challenge Grant program (an internal research grant for interdisciplinary studies) in which I was given the opportunity to conduct research with graduate students from other departments. The execution of our study "A rapid assessment of microbial risk from consuming lettuce in the Cochabamba Valley of Bolivia" gave me an unforgettable educational and research experience."