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The Laboratory for Infectious Disease and the Environment (LIDE) studies the occurrence, fate and transport, and health effects of human and agricultural zoonotic pathogens in the environment.

Chart showing the three LIDE research questions: occurrence, transport, and health effects
The LIDE approaches every study by formulating research questions from three basic perspectives—what is the occurrence, fate and transport, and health effects of pathogens in the environment?

The LIDE collects and analyzes samples from many matrices—groundwater, surface water, runoff, wastewater, sediments, soil, manure, compost, digestate, and air. Some of our main areas of research include:

  • Beaches, lakes, and rivers
  • Ecological interactions
  • Groundwater contamination
  • Human health risk
  • Manure and pathogens
  • Microbial source tracking

 

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