Our research focuses on measuring and understanding the behavior of bacteria in drinking water from source to tap, using state of the art detection methods and bridging basic research questions with real life applications.
In source water, we investigate long-term and short-term bacterial dynamics as influenced by natural processes (e.g., seasonal changes, rainfall) and engineered processes (e.g., water extraction).
In drinking water treatment, we study the kinetics of bacterial cell damage during various disinfection processes (e.g., chlorine and ozone) and bacterial growth in biological filters.
In distribution systems, we investigate the principles of bacterial growth at low nutrient concentrations, focusing on assimilable organic carbon, biofilm development, and pathogen growth potential.
Finally, in premise plumbing systems, we study the development of unique microbiomes as influenced by materials in contact with drinking water.