Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
(BACTERIAL PATHOGENS TEAM)
Dr Miller has been interested in water quality, specifically water reuse, since she attended the University of Arizona for her Master’s degree in 1998. As a doctoral student, Dr Miller studied the “Fate of antibiotic resistance genes during anaerobic digestion of wastewater solids.” Currently, as a postdoctoral researcher in the Pruden Lab at Virginia Tech, Dr Miller is responsible for managing research efforts exploring the inactivation and decay of critical wastewater bacteria, such as pathogens and nitrifiers in biosolids and activated sludge, respectively.
Dr Miller brings a unique perspective to the GWPP, as she was previously an engineering consultant in water/wastewater treatment. This level of expertise allows for Dr. Miller to approach the sanitation challenges from the practical and academic perspective; she believes that both perspectives are necessary and valuable in resolving the water sanitation and water treatment issues. The challenges should be approached from a multi-disciplinary/experience perspective connecting the engineer with the microbiologist and with the practitioner.