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Environmental Microbiology Laboratory

Photo: Water disinfection research

Water disinfection research

Photo: Water sampling using ultrafiltration

Water sampling using ultrafiltration

Mission: Developing and applying methods for environmental sampling, microbial detection, and treatment technologies to prevent WASH-related disease.

Our laboratory:

  • Supports water-related emergency preparedness and outbreak investigations
  • Conducts environmental sampling
    • Water, wastewater, soil, sediment, biosolids, filters, and other environmental samples
  • Completes environmental sample analyses
    • Quantifies and/or detects viruses, bacteria, and parasites using culture, molecular, and microscopy methods
  • Develops and tests new environmental sample detection methods
  • Develops and improves disinfection and treatment methods for drinking water and recreational water
  • Conducts environmental investigations to identify  pathogens and indicators of fecal contamination
  • Studies waterborne parasite biology & Cryptosporidium oocyst production
  • Provides training on environmental sampling techniques and associated analytical methods

Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Highlights

Contact Us:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Atlanta, GA 30333
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    TTY: (888) 232-6348
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