About the Lab

The Environmental and Occupational Health Microbiology Lab (EOHML) investigates the fate, transport, detection, and control of pathogens in environmental media (air, water, food, and surfaces). Research is led by principal investigator, John Scott Meschke, PhD, MS, JD and carried out by a dedicated group of staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students. 


Research Areas

  • Development of methods for detection of viruses and bacteria in water and foodBMFS sampling in Kenya; Photo @ Christa Fagnant
  • Environmental surveillance for viruses
  • Recovery of bacteria and viruses from surfaces
  • Freshwater toxic cyanobacteria blooms
  • Microbiological quality of food
  • Water and wastewater technology
  • Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA)
  • One Health research
  • Vector-borne diseases
  • Biosafety


Fee for Service

We are always interested in providing our services and expertise to the greater community. Contact us to discuss your research needs.


Photo @ Christa Fagnant; BMFS sampling in Bellingham