Assistant Research Scientist
2006, PhD Biochemistry, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
1999, BA Biology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
Areas of Interest
Characterization of microorganisms in the environment and their impact on human health
My primary role is to oversee a project for the Michigan DHHS that involves monitoring SARS-CoV- 2 in wastewater samples from five southeast Michigan treatment plants. This wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) project is a collaboration between The Wigginton (CEE) and Bakker (Epidemiology) labs. Additionally we are developing methods to identify other pathogens in wastewater for community-level monitoring.
Kim, S., Kennedy, L. C., Wolfe, M. K., Criddle, C. S., Duong, D. H., Topol, A., White, B. J., Kantor, R. S., Nelson, K. L., Steele, J. A., Langlois, K., Griffith, J. F., Zimmer-Faust, A. G., McLellan, S. L., Schussman, M. K., Ammerman, M., Wigginton, K. R., Bakker, K. M. & Boehm, A. B. (2022). SARS-CoV-2 RNA is enriched by orders of magnitude in solid relative to liquid wastewater at publicly owned treatment works. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1EW00826A
Reading, hiking, and mushroom hunting