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Metabolomics applications to advance pathogen detection and viability assessment in water

Project Number # 4520-17

Development of Omic-based applications to improve pathogen detection and viability assessment in aquatic environments

Project Leader:  Vijay Dhamale

Pathogens commonly present in water, such as Cryptosporidium parvum and Cryptosporidium hominis, pose significant health risk to the public. Their potential existence in water is also a significant operational risk for water service providers to manage. Current methods for identifying and assessing pathogen viability and infectivity in water are time consuming, expensive and can be unreliable. As such, there is a need for a new method that enable the rapid and sensitive assessment of pathogens in a variety of water sources; identifying and characterising viability and infectivity.

Sponsor:  Dr David Beale [CSIRO]

Supervisors:  Prof Enzo Palombo [Swinburne University] and Dr David Beale [CSIRO]

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