Alberta Innovates Translation Health Chair in Waterborne Infectious Diseases
University of Alberta
Overview of issues for water bacterial pathogens
Dr. Ashbolt has over 30 years’ experience in health-related water microbiology, mostly in the field of environmental pathogen detection, fate and transport. He has led joint Australian-Sweden and European programs developing methods to interpret pathogen data with the aid of quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) and its integration with urban water sustainability assessments. This work has contributed to the risk-based approach adopted in the most recent Australian and WHO recreational, drinking water and reuse guidelines, US EPA recreational criteria and current water guideline revisions in Canada and Alberta. His current research focuses on environmental (saprozoic) pathogens and the significant of environmental AMR via water exposures for wastewater reuse guidance in Canada and for the WHO. He has published 39 book chapters, 200 journal papers and over 140 conference proceedings since he became an academic in 1994 and is a Fellow of the International Water Association.