Joan Rose, PhD

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Joan Rose
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Professional Title: 
Homer Nowlin Chair In Water Research

Natural Resources
480 Wilson Road 
15 Natural Resources
East Lansing MI 48824 

Plant And Soil Science
1066 Bogue Street 
559 Plant And Soil Science
East Lansing MI 48824 


Dr. Joan Rose serves as the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University, the  Co-Director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA) and the Co-Director of the Center for Water Sciences (CWS). Dr. Rose is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety, publishing more than 250 manuscripts. She has been involved in the investigation of numerous waterborne outbreaks world-wide. Her work has examined new molecular methods for waterborne pathogens and zoonotic agents such as Cryptosporidium and enteric viruses and source tracking techniques. She has been involved in the study of water supplies, water used for food production, and coastal environments as well as drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment and reclaimed water. She is specifically interested in microbial pathogen transport in coastal systems and risks to recreational waters and the study of climate factors which impact water quality. Dr. Rose has been involved in the development of quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) frameworks, methods and data sets.  She is considered one of the international experts in this evolving arena and is the developer and curator of the QMRAwiki.

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