Faculty Spotlight

28
Jul
Don Chambers elected as a Fellow of the AGU

Don Chambers elected as a Fellow of the AGU

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - University of South Florida physical oceanographer Don Chambers,...

08
Jun
Award of Tenure

Award of Tenure

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Congratulations to Brad Rosenheim and Ernst Peebles.  We have re...

01
Sep
John Paul receives one of the five 2015 Excellence in Innovation Awards for work in 2014

John Paul receives one of the five 2015 Excellence in Innovation Awards for work in 2014

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - At the Annual Luncheon of the USF Chapter of the National Academ...

25
Aug
C-IMAGE Spotlight: Chuanmin Hu

C-IMAGE Spotlight: Chuanmin Hu

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Dr. Chuanmin Hu and his PhD student Shaojie Sun discuss their C-...

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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."