What the experts are saying: Dr. Joan Rose

“Water reclamation using the newest and best technology is needed if we are to maintain our quality of life and the planet. Just as important is improved monitoring, which will assure the public and keep water scientists and health experts on their continued journey in providing us with safe water.”

— Joan Rose, Ph.D.

About Dr. Joan Rose

Dr. Joan RoseDr. 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, and co-director of the Center for Water Sciences. She is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality, and public health safety, having published more than 300 manuscripts. Dr. Rose also has been involved in the investigation of numerous waterborne outbreaks worldwide. Dr. Rose was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011. She is a winner of the international Clarke Water Prize (for her contributions to water science and technology) and the first Hei-jin Woo Award for Achievements of Women in the Water Profession, from the International Water Association. Her public service includes serving as chair of the Drinking Water Committee for the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and as a member of USA National Committee for the International Water Association, and Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academy of Science, National Research Council.

Dr. Rose's work focuses on new molecular tools for surveying and mapping water pollution in recreational and drinking water, assessment of innovative water treatment technology for the developed and developing world, and quantitative microbial risk assessment. She has been involved in the study of water supplies, water used for food production, drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, reclaimed water, and water reuse. She is particularly interested in the transport of microbial pathogens in natural and engineered water systems and risks to humans.