Director

Joan B. Rose, Ph.D.

Laboratory Director / Principal Investigator

Phone:  (517) 432-4412
Email: rosejo@msu.edu

Lab Staff

Rebecca L. Ives, M.S.

Email: ivesrebe@msu.edu

Phone: (517) 432-8185
Fax: (517) 432-1699

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, M.S. 

Email: floodmat@msu.edu

Phone: (517) 432-8185
Fax: (517) 432-1699

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).

Samantha Carbonell, M.S.

Email: wengerts@msu.edu

Postdoctoral Fellows

Nishita D’Souza, Ph.D.

Email: dsouzan1@msu.edu

Phone: (517) 432-8185
Fax: (517) 432-1699

Education:

Ph.D., Science & Technology (Water Microbiology), University of Mumbai, 2019.

M.Sc., Science (Microbiology), University of Mumbai, 2010.

B.Sc., Science (Microbiology), University of Mumbai, 2008.

Background and Research Interests:

Nishita D’Souza is a Post Doctoral Research Associate at the Water Quality, Environmental and Molecular Microbiology laboratory at Michigan State University. Nishita has a background in Water Microbiology and her doctoral work focused on evaluating bacterial surrogates for the validation of protozoa disinfection in ozone based water treatment systems. She has experience in developing microbiological methods and working with waterborne bacterial, viral and protozoan pathogens particularly in water and wastewater. Nishita is an experienced Microbiology Instructor and enjoys mentoring undergraduate and graduate students on various projects.

Nishita’s research at MSU focuses on Microbial Source Tracking to monitor river water quality. She is actively involved in the Waste Water Based Epidemiology surveillance studies for SARS CoV-2 virus lead by Dr. Joan Rose. Her research focuses on studying microorganisms through classical microbial culture based methods as well as advanced molecular methods such as qPCR and droplet digital PCR. Nishita works with Water utilities, Industry clients, Academic researchers and Global organizations to better understand water quality issues, in an effort to develop solutions to mitigate public health risks.

Andri Rachmadi, Ph.D.

Email: rachmad1@msu.edu

Students

Ryan Julien

Email: julienry@msu.edu

Ryan Julien is currently a PhD student in the Biosystems Engineering Department at MSU, working with Dr. Jade Mitchell’s research group. His research project is focused on the effects of water age on water quality within building plumbing systems on human health risks related to Legionella. He received his BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan Tech, MS in Biosystems Engineering from MSU, and has experience in environmental consulting and state government. Ryan is also part of a wastewater-based surveillance program for COVID-19 on MSU’s campus, managing the logistics of sample collection and data analysis.

Kayla Fagan

Email: fagankay@msu.edu

Andrew Ladd

Email: laddand1@msu.edu

Office Support Staff

Sarah Holmes

Email: danns@msu.edu

Melissa Downs

Email: downsmel@msu.edu