Kara Dean

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Current Standing: 
PhD
Last Degree: 
Bachelor of Science, Biosystems Engineering
Curriculum Vitae: 
Academic Background: 

I completed my undergraduate degree in Biosystems Engineering with a Biomedical Concentration. The research I completed and continue to pursue is focused on water quality and human health.

Current Research Interests / Thesis Topic: 

I am completing a reverse-quantitative microbial risk assessment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to determine threshold levels of concern to help inform risk management strategies.

Awards: 
  • Dean, K.J. and Mitchell, J. (December 2018). Reverse QMRA for Pseudomonas aeruginosa in a showering event to inform monitoring levels. Society for Risk Analysis, New Orleans, LA.
  • Dean K.J., Tolofari, D., Hull, N. and Pierce-Walker, J. (December 2018). Impacts of Showering Compliance Rates on the Risk of Infection from Cryptosporidium spp. in Swimming Pools. Society for Risk Analysis, LA.

  • Dean, K.J. and Mitchell, J. (June 2018). Parameter Estimation to Model Virus Persistence. Inverse Problems Symposium, Michigan State University, MI.

  • Dean, K.J., Julien, R. and Mitchell, J. (May 2018). Assessment of Risks Associated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Low Flow Fixtures in a Residential Green Building. Water Microbiology, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC.

  • Dean, K.J., Julien, R. and Mitchell, J. (April 2018). Declining Water Use and the Compounding Effects of Green Building Design. Engineering Graduate Research Symposium, Michigan State University, MI.

  • Dean, K.J., Willis, E., and Mitchell, J. (April 2018). Persistence Modeling of MS2. University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Michigan State University, MI.

  • Dean, K.J. and Mitchell, J. (April 2017). Are Indicator Bacteria Representative of Actual Health Risk: A Seawater Assessment. University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Michigan State University, MI.

  • Dean, K.J. and Mitchell, J. (April 2016). Developing Dose Response Models for Opportunistic Pathogens: Key to Assessing Risk. University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Michigan State University, MI.