Amy Pruden is the W. Thomas Rice Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on bringing a microbial ecological perspective to understanding and advancing design and management of environmental systems. She is widely known for her work documenting antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) as environmental contaminants. Her current research, funded by The National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, focuses on advancing practical means of antibiotic resistance monitoring, mitigation, and risk assessment in wastewater, recycled water, and other water systems. Pruden is currently the principle investigator on a US Department of Agriculture Coordinated Agricultural Research Project (CAP) aimed at tracking and mitigating antimicrobial resistance from farm-to-fork and is also the Co-Principle Investigator on a National Science Foundation Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant with the goal of fostering interdisciplinary international collaboration towards Halting Environmental Antimicrobial Resistance Dissemination (HEARD). She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and currently serves as an Associate Editor of Environmental Science & Technology. Pruden is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering and the Paul L. Busch Award for innovation in water research. She holds a B.S. in Biology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, both from the University of Cincinnati.
Thursday 11th October
Big Blue Talks – Antimicrobial resistance: From urban wastewater treatment plants to the environment