Life on earth is dominated by the smallest of species. Microbes impact our health, degrade our waste, and play a key role in the emission and uptake of greenhouse gasses. Jordan Peccia, Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at Yale University, found that tracking outbreaks through wastewater is an efficient, accurate, and low cost method that can be used globally to track COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
On June 9, using the development of wastewater-based epidemiology during the COVID-19 pandemic as a prime example, Professor Peccia will discuss ways that integrating genome sciences with applied engineering approaches can lead to new insights into infectious and noninfectious disease.
Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at Yale University
Jordan Peccia is the Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at Yale University. His research integrates genetics, engineering, and public health to study human exposures to bacteria, fungi and viruses in the indoor and outdoor environments. Peccia is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, associate editor for the journal Indoor Air, and founding chair of the Gordon Conference on Microbiology of the Built Environment. He earned his PhD in environmental engineering from the University of Colorado.