Faculty and Staff

Michael B. Fisher, PhD

Michael Fisher
Assistant Professor
Mike joined the Water Institute in 2012. He develops, evaluates, and applies technologies and methods for addressing under-recognized health concerns in water and sanitation, both in the US and internationally. This work focuses on three areas: 1) monitoring and evaluation of water and sanitation processes, infrastructure, and service delivery; 2) improving water and wastewater treatment; and 3) applications of implementation science and quality improvement methods to improving the performance of water and sanitation systems. Topics of particular interest within these areas include improving the monitoring and control of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) organisms, as well as pathogens (such as some protozoan cysts and enteric viruses) that are resistant to conventional disinfection methods, in water and wastewater. Overall, this research contributes to a greater understanding of the determinants of effective and beneficial water and sanitation service delivery, and to innovations and evidence that can be used to improve these services.

Profile Information

Key Project(s)

  • World Vision: World Vision Program Evaluations (2014, 2017)
  • Reformulation of Aquatabs to Enhance Inactivation of Protozoan Cysts and Other Chlorine-resistant Pathogens

Key Publications

  • Rapid Detection of Escherichia coli in Water Using Sample Concentration and Optimized Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Chromogenic Substrates. Wu, J., Stewart, J. R., Sobsey, M. D., Cormency, C., Fisher, M. B., & Bartram, J. K. (2018). Current Microbiology, Volume 75, Issue 7:827-834. doi.org/10.1007/s00284-018-1454-8.
  • Understanding handpump sustainability: Determinants of rural water source functionality in the Greater Afram Plains region of GhanaFisher, M.B.; Shields, K.; Leker, H.; Christenson, E.; Cronk, R.D.; Samani, D.; Apoya , P.; Lutz, A.; Bartram, J.K. (2015). Water Resources Research. doi.org/10.1002/2014WR016770
  • Microbiological and chemical quality of packaged water and household stored drinking water in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Fisher, M.B.; Williams, A.R.; Jalloh, M.F.; Saquee, G.; Bain, R.E.S.; Bartram, J. K. (2015). PLOS ONE, 10(7). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131772.
  • Nitrogen and copper doped solar light active TiO2 photocatalysts for water decontaminationFisher, M.B.; Keane, D. A; Fernández-Ibáñez, P.; Colreavy, J.; Hinder, S.; McGuigan, K.G.; Pillai, S. Appl Cat B, 130-131(.), 8-13. doi.org/10.1016/j.apcatb.2012.10.013.
  • Simulated sunlight action spectra for inactivation of MS2 and PRD1 bacteriophages in clear waterFisher, M.B.; Love, D.C.; Schuech, R.; Nelson, K.L.; et al. (2011). Environmental Science and Technology, 45(21), 9249-55. doi: 10.1021/es201875x.
Email: Michael Fisher