Researchers in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences investigate how toxins and pathogens in water affect the health of people and animals.
We work to improve the detection and control of waterborne pathogens and microbial illnesses, including developing a device to improve the detection of poliovirus in water.
We study the effects of toxins and toxicants found in Puget Sound on salmon, orcas and other sea life. And we investigate the biomagnification of contaminants in the ocean food chain.
Across all of our research, our students are considered active research contributors and receive training and mentoring from faculty.
Our researchers develop innovative methods to identify and remove contaminants from water sources, protect against chemical contaminants in the ocean food chain and prevent water-borne illnesses.