Dr Joan B. Rose

International expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety

Joan holds the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research at Michigan State University in the Depts of Fisheries & Wildlife and Plant, Soil and Microbiological Science, and currently leads of the Global Water Pathogens Project in partnership with UNESCO, a Gates funded project with Uganda.

She is the winner of the 2016 Stockholm Water Prize. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. She is the 2001 recipient of the Clarke Water Prize and has been awarded Honorary Citizenship in Singapore for her contributions to water quality, water education and Singapore’s water security 4-taps program. She recently was honored as the Recipient of The Michigan Environmental Council's Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award, 2018.

Dr. Rose earned her B.Sc. and Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Arizona, Tucson and masters from the University of Wyoming. She has published more than 300 manuscripts.

Her work addresses the use of new molecular tools for surveying and mapping water pollution for recreational and drinking water, irrigation water, coastal and ballast waters; assessment of innovative water treatment technology for the developed and developing world; and use of quantitative microbial risk assessment.