Joan B. Rose, PhD
Laboratory Director / Principal Investigator
Phone: (517) 432-4412
Rebecca Ives’s work involves detection of microbes in natural and built environments, with a focus on pathogenic organisms. Rebecca is a certified analyst for the detection of Cryptosporidium and Giardia in water. Rebecca frequently works with environmental consulting agencies on reduction assessments for current and planned treatment systems as well as with the community members, academic agencies, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations to help protect and improve water quality.
Matthew Flood’s work involves detection of microbes in natural and built environments, with a focus on Microbial Source Tracking (MST) and emerging technologies. Matthew frequently works with the community members, academic agencies, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations to help protect and improve water quality. Matthew’s current research project is using MST to link agricultural fertilizer practices with nutrient inputs in surface waters across Michigan using Droplet Digital PCR (ddPCR).
Matthew Flood, M.S.
Phone: (517) 432-8185
Fax: (517) 432-1699
Pan Ji's current research project is to use third-generation sequencing technologies, Nanopore MinION sequencing and Digital Droplet PCR for rapid detection and accurate quantification of viral pathogens in aquatic environments. Pan's PhD work involves the application of next-generation sequencing techniques (Illumina 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing, shotgun metagenomics) to explore the effect of water chemistry, pipe material, temperature, convective mixing and water use frequency on the building plumbing microbiome, with special interest in opportunistic pathogens (e.g., Legionella pneumophila).
Dr. Nshimyimana is a Microbiology of the Built Environment (MoBE) Fellow (2017-2018) at Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Postdoctoral Research Associate working with Prof. Joan B. Rose at Michigan State University and Dr Bill Van Bonn at Shedd Aquarium, Chicago. His current research is examining the role of virome and microbiome in microbiological stability of aquatic built environments and application of microbial source tracking toolbox to support Michigan Statewide efforts to identify nonpoint sources of fecal pollution across state beaches and watersheds. Nshimyimana holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) from a program of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU-Singapore) and a Master of Science in CEE from MIT. PhD dissertation focused on the application of molecular biological tools for improving detection, tracking, and monitoring of fecal microbial pollution and understanding dynamics of microbial communities and pathogen-like bacteria in urban tropical environment of Singapore, Southeast Asia.
Paige is an undergraduate senior Lyman Briggs Microbiology major with a minor in Cognitive Science. Paige spends most of her laboratory time in Dr. Joan Rose’s Water Quality Lab, where she works as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. She is presently assisting with a microbial source-tracking project. Her research analyzes the microbiome of a public beach environment using library-independent microbial source-tracking methods to determine sources responsible for an E. coli concentration increase in the area.
Abby is an undergraduate research assistant and has been with the Water Quality Lab for two years. She is a senior majoring in microbiology and minoring in global public health and epidemiology at MSU. Her work in the lab focuses on using droplet digital PCR for fecal source tracking and bacterial species detection in surface water samples.