Sabrina Jedlicka, together with Civil & Environmental Engineering professor Kristen Jellison, have been awarded a grant to further their research in waterborne parasite detection.
Cryptosporidium is a waterborne parasite responsible for Cryptosporidiosis — an incurable and sometimes fatal disease affecting the digestive tract.
Oocysts of Cryptosporidium are not always completely removed in municipal water treatment plants, making it necessary to monitor contamination in source waters to protect public health.
The research team plan to develop a cheaper and more reliable method for detecting the oocysts in public water supplies by developing an engineered substrate upon which the oocysts attach themselves. The substrates will eventually be deployed in natural waterways.