Wastewater-based disease monitoring-Wastewater contains biomarkers that indicate health status of the community. Our group is particularly interested in detecting viral biomolecules, such as genes and peptides, in wastewater to monitor and predict the prevalence of infectious viral diseases. With the knowledge of virus partitioning between the wastewater liquid and solids phase, we are optimizing sample processing methods to effectively extract virus particles from complex water matrices with high throughput and low costs. We are applying culture-based assays, sensitive molecular methods, and genomic sequencing to characterize viral risks associated with the community. 

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