Dr. Rosina Girones

“The Study of Viral Contamination of Water in the Metagenomics Era”

Rosina Girones is professor of Microbiology at the University of Barcelona, Spain, specialized in viruses. Dr. Girones was a postdoctoral researcher at the Hepatitis Viruses Section, Laboratory of Infectious Diseases, NIH, USA and has been invited researcher in laboratories in Sweden and USA. Rosina Girones has more than 25 years of experience in the field of Environmental Virology, has been the Head of the Microbiology Department of the University of Barcelona and is, at the present, Coordinator of the Section of Microbiology, Virology and Biotechnology in the UB and team leader of the Laboratory of Viruses Contaminants of Water and Food (Vircont). Rosina Girones is the secretary of the HRWM SG in the IWA and member of the Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards (BIOHAZ) of the European Food Safety Authority, EFSA. The main area of interest is the study of classical and emerging viral pathogens and the development of new viral indicators and MST tools. Dr. Girones is at the present working on the improvement and control of the microbiological quality of water and food, including recycled water, irrigation water, superficial and ground water.

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Dr. Stephen A. Morse

“Emerging Pathogens and Water Safety Implications for National Security”

Stephen has more than 47 years of experience in various aspects of microbiology including: infectious diseases, microbial pathogenesis, antimicrobial resistance, microbial forensics and environmental microbiology. He recently retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after having served as the Director, STD Research Program; Associate Director for Science, Division of Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response; and, Associate Director for Environmental Microbiology. He has published more than 325 peer reviewed articles, books and chapters. Stephen currently advises the CDC Select Agent Program and the Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security.