Joan Rose, PhD, NAE, is the Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair for Water Research at Michigan State University. Rose has made groundbreaking advances in understanding water quality and protecting public health for more than 20 years. She is regarded as the world’s authority on Cryptosporidium and was the first person to present a method for detecting this pathogen in water supplies. She examines full-scale water treatment systems for the removal of pathogens.
Rose was Chair of the Science Advisory Board for the EPA’s Drinking Water Committee for four years and serves on the Science Advisory Board for the Great Lakes. She is on the NWRI Expert Panel for the state of California on developing water recycling criteria for indirect potable reuse through surface water augmentation and determining the feasibility of developing criteria for direct potable reuse.
Rose is Director of the Global Water Pathogens Project and is involved with the Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment Institute. In 2001, she received the Clarke Prize from NWRI for her advances in microbial water quality issues and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Rose has a BS in Microbiology from the University of Arizona, an MS in Microbiology from the University of Wyoming, and a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Arizona.