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Tracking Infectious Disease Outbreaks Through Wastewater Surveillance

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023, 1 pm– 2 pm

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Materials Science and Engineering Seminar

John and Virginia Towers Distinguished Lecture Series

Prof. Jordan Peccia

Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department
Yale University


The surveillance of wastewater for pathogens can be a new, impactful tool for understanding the epidemiology of infectious disease. This talk will present our experiences with the development of this new technology, including pathogen monitoring, building and calibrating models to predict infections, DNA-based approaches for tracking variants, extending surveillance to a broad variety of pathogens, and collaborating with governments to improve community health.


Jordan Peccia is the Thomas E. Golden Jr. Professor of Environmental Engineering at Yale University. He currently serves as the Chair of Yale’s Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department, and starting July 2023 he will serve as the Head of Yale’s Benjamin Franklin College. His research integrates genetics, engineering, and public health to study human exposures to bacteria, fungi, and viruses in the indoor and outdoor environments. Peccia is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, associate editor for the journal Indoor Air, and founding chair of the Gordon Conference on Microbiology of the Built Environment. He earned his PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Colorado.

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