The Water Quality and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory

Michigan State University


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Joan B. Rose, Ph.D.

Laboratory Director/Principal Investigator

Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research

Co-Director Center for Water Sciences and

Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assesment

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
480 Wilson Road

13 Natural Resources Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 432-4412
Fax: (517) 432-1699



Ph.D. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
M.S. University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
B.S. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Dr. Joan Rose serves as the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University, the  Co-Director of the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA) and the Co-Director of the Center for Water Sciences (CWS).

Dr. Rose received her B.S., in 1976 from University of Arizona, her MS from University of Wyoming in 1980 and Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Arizona in 1985.


She served as a Professor in the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida (USF) from 1998-2002 and Associate Professor, Department of Marine Science, USF from 1994-1997.  She was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, USF, and from 1986-1989.


Dr. Rose is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety, publishing more than 250 manuscripts. She has been involved in the investigation of numerous waterborne outbreaks world-wide. Her work has examined new molecular methods for waterborne pathogens and zoonotic agents such as Cryptosporidium and enteric viruses and source tracking techniques. She has been involved in the study of water supplies, water used for food production, and coastal environments as well as drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment and reclaimed water. She is specifically interested in microbial pathogen transport in coastal systems and risks to recreational waters and the study of climate factors which impact water quality. Dr. Rose has been involved in the development of quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) frameworks, methods and data sets.  Considered one of the international experts in this evolving arena and is the developer and curator of the QMRAwiki.

Her national appointments include:

National Research Council of the National Academies Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology 2013-2017.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Advisory Board, 2013-2015 Elected to the National Academy of Engineering, 2011

Scientific Advisory Board of the Canadian National Research Center. Applied Metagenomics of the Watershed Microbiome. University of British Columbia, 2011-current

Science Advisor to Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 2009-current

She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011.

Sources of recent grants and/or contract support include NOAA, EPA, NSF, and USDA NIFA.