Kellogg J. Schwab ('14)

(Speaker Term: 7/1/12 - 6/30/14)
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E6620
Baltimore, MD  21205
Phone: 410-614-5753
Fax: 410-955-2779   
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Noroviruses: What Is in that Glass of Water or Ham Sandwich?
Human noroviruses (NoVs) are the leading cause of non-bacterial gastroenteritis worldwide.  This seminar will describe a 20+ year exploration of one of the most infectious microorganisms on earth.  Data from outbreak investigations, human volunteer studies, molecular detection and surrogate development will be used to describe the challenges and importance of characterizing human NoVs.                                      
Sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Interventions in Low Income Countries: Evidence-based Theory and Practice for Practical Solutions
Over two billion people lack adequate sanitation and close to one billion people lack access to improved water supplies.  Governments, companies, non-governmental organizations and universities have invested billions of dollars over several decades to address this crisis with, in many instances, less than optimal results.  Research indicates that integration of human behavior and economic drivers are as important as technology when developing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions.  Using case studies involving my research from around the world, this seminar will highlight key areas that can drive success or failure of WASH interventions.

Water and Public Health on the Front Lines: Availability, Treatment and Emerging Threats
Clean water is a finite resource that is critical for public health, agriculture, industry and ecosystems.  Competing uses, emerging contaminants and aging infrastructure are stressing the capacity for delivery of potable water to large and small communities worldwide.  This seminar will outline key areas of research and describe studies on membrane treatment for microbial removal, the light and dark side of nanomaterials and innovative solutions including water reuse and the use of LEEDs-based metrics for a water stressed world.  


Dr. Kellogg Schwab is a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Director of the JHU Global Water Program (GWP).  The GWP program integrates Hopkins researchers from public health, engineering, chemistry, materials science, medicine, behavior, policy, and economic disciplines to address the critical nexus of water, food, and energy.  The goal of this program is to achieve sustainable, scalable solutions for disparate water needs both internationally and domestically.  Schwab's research laboratory focuses on environmental microbiology and engineering with an emphasis on the fate and transport of chemicals, emerging contaminants and pathogenic microorganisms in water, food, and the environment.  Applying advanced molecular diagnostic tools, he has developed and participated in multiple research projects designed to evaluate the public health impacts of improving water access and potable water quality, the effectiveness of point-of-use water treatment, environmental impacts on the Chesapeake Bay, and the health effects of inadequate management of human and animal waste.  His laboratory has conducted extensive research on antibiotic resistant bacteria present in soil, water and air surrounding animal feeding operations.  He has also been involved in assessing novel water treatment processes and developing approaches for microbial risk assessment.  In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and state health laboratories he has investigated numerous waterborne and foodborne outbreaks of viral gastroenteritis.  Recent international work has focused on evidence-based assessments of point of use and community level water treatment systems designed to provide potable water to individuals in low income countries. 

Dr. Schwab obtained both a Masters of Science (1990) and a Ph.D. (1995) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.  He then did a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Molecular Virology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas prior to joining Hopkins in 1999.  


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Primary Division:      Q (Environmental & General Applied Microbiology)

Secondary Division:  Y (Public Health)