Nicole Rockey

Doctoral Student


B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 2013
B.A. in Hispanic Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2013

Areas of Interest
Opportunistic pathogens in drinking water, water reuse technologies and treatment, pathogen and contaminant removal through water reuse processes

Research Projects

  • Evaluating the infectivity of human norovirus through disinfecting treatments using novel culture-based and molecular approaches.
  • Monitoring virus particle removal through physical treatments using flow virometry.
  • Using statistical models to predict virus inactivation based on virus particle characteristics.

Rockey, N.
, Young, S., Kohn, T., Pecson, B. M., Wobus, C., Raskin, L., Wigginton, K. R. (2020). UV disinfection of human norovirus: evaluating infectivity using a genome-wide PCR-based approach. accepted in Environmental Science & Technology.

Rockey, N., Bischel, H. N., Kohn, T., Pecson, B., & Wigginton, K. R. (2019). The utility of flow cytometry for potable reuse. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 57, 42-49.

Kotlarz, N., Rockey, N., Olson, T. M., Haig, S. J., Sanford, L., LiPuma, J. J., & Raskin, L. (2018). Biofilms in Full-Scale Drinking Water Ozone Contactors Contribute Viable Bacteria to Ozonated Water. Environmental science & technology, 52(5), 2618-2628.

Honors and Awards
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2015 – 2019
UM Rackham Conference Travel Grant, 2016
Certification of Engineer-in-training (FE), 2013
National Merit Scholarship, 2009 – 2013
Cockrell, Jr. Scholarship in Engineering, 2009 – 2013

Other Interests
Soccer, music, movies, traveling