WaterTalk: Harnessing 'Omics to Inform Strategies to Mitigate the Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance as a One Water Challenge

Thursday, January 20, 2022 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST (GMT -05:00)

As part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Amy Pruden, W. Thomas Rice Professor, University Distinguished Professor, Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, USA will present: Harnessing 'Omics to Inform Strategies to Mitigate the Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance as a One Water Challenge.

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There are various One Water dimensions to the antimicrobial resistance (AMR) problem that contribute to its evolution and spread. Environmental monitoring could provide vital information for mitigating the spread of AMR; this includes assessing antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) circulating among human populations, identifying key hotspots for evolution and dissemination of resistance, informing epidemiological and human health risk assessment models, and quantifying removal efficiencies by domestic wastewater infrastructure. However, standardized methods for monitoring AMR in the water environment will be vital to produce the comparable datasets needed to address such questions.  This seminar will explore a framework for standardizing methods for monitoring AMR in wastewater, recycled water, and surface water in order to achieve this purpose.

Speaker bio

Amy Pruden

Amy Pruden is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, USA. Her research focuses on converging microbial ecology and environmental engineering in identifying strategies to mitigate the spread of pathogens and antibiotic resistance in the environment.

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