Staff

 

Emanuele Sozzi

Lab Director and
Research Associate

 

Emanuele has been with the Water Institute since 2016. He is the director of the Environmental Microbiology Lab and works on the eradication of WaSH related infectious diseases in emergency settings: cholera, Ebola and Hepatitis E. He is interested in the optimization of physico-chemical processes for the treatment of High Risk Human Waste (HRHW) released by healthcare facilities in low- and high-income country settings and in improving the monitoring and control of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) organisms, as well as pathogens (such as some protozoan cysts and enteric viruses) that are present in water and wastewater and are resistant to conventional disinfection methods.

Emanuele was a contributing member of the team of experts responsible for advising WHO and UNICEF on the formulation of the Ebola Virus Disease related ‘Key Questions and Answers Concerning Water, Sanitation and Hygiene’. He contributed to the development and implementation of the WHO global surveillance program and culture-based protocol of the Tricycle Project to detect, quantify and characterize Extended-Spectrum Beta Lactamase E. coli in clinical, animal agricultural, and environmental samples as a One Health Approach for global AMR surveillance. He has extensive experience in designing, supporting, and conducting research and fieldwork in low-income countries.

Profile Information
Selected Projects
  • Implementation of Sanitation Safety Planning to Water Reuse for Irrigation (Gruppo Cap-Cap Holdings)
  • Impact of Hurricane Florence on Drinking Water Safety in Eastern and Central North Carolina: Rapid Assessment and Recommendations for Recovery and Resilience
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of the WHO global surveillance program of the Tricycle Project to detect, quantify and characterize Extended-Spectrum Beta Lactamase E. coli in clinical, animal agricultural and environmental samples as a One Health Approach for global AMR surveillance
  • Testing and enhancing the efficacy of peracetic acid for disinfection of hospital waste and surfaces in emergency situations
  • Analyzing sewage and reclaimed water samples from major US sewage district: detection and quantification of culturable infectious human enteric viruses by integrated cell culture RT-qPCR
  • Optimizing on-site disinfection and assessing survival of Ebola and other viruses in High Risk Human Wastes (HRHW) and sewage: implementation of effective onsite management systems in health care and other critical settings to reduce the risks of the spread of Ebola virus and other emerging pathogens
  • Reformulation of Aquatabs to Enhance Inactivation of Protozoan Cysts and Other Chlorine-resistant Pathogens
  • Evaluating candidate diagnostic culture media for Extended-Spectrum Beta Lactamase E. Coli in environmental samples as a One Health indicator system for World Health Organization global antimicrobial resistance surveillance program. Pro-Bono work for the World Health Organization Tricycle Project
Selected Research Products
  • Improving monitoring and water point functionality in rural Ethiopia. Carmen Anthonj, Lisa Fleming, Ryan Cronk, Samuel Godfrey, Argaw Ambelu, Jane Bevan, Emanuele Sozzi, and Jamie Bartram. 2018. Water, Volume 10, Issue 11:1591. doi.org/10.3390/w10111591.
Email: Emanuele Sozzi