Please join us for a talk on Thursday, February 21, 2019, where assistant professor Masaaki Kitajima, Hokkaido University, will present a seminar titled, “Viral pathogens in water.”

Viral pathogens in water
Presented by Masaaki Kitajima, assistant professor, Hokkaido University

Thursday, February 21, 2019 
3 p.m.
Santan Hall (SANTAN) room 220, Polytechnic campus [map]

This seminar is free and available via Zoom Video Conferencing Link

About the talk

Virus is an important subject of research in water security because of significant challenges associated with difficulties in culture, detection and removal/inactivation as compared to other pathogens like bacteria. Controlling viral pathogens in water is particularly essential in arid regions, including Arizona, where wastewater needs to be reclaimed to replenish water resources. Because viral pathogens that remain in treated wastewater are released into the environments, wastewater treatment is a critical control point to prevent the dissemination of viral pathogens in environmental waters. Previous studies investigated the occurrence and removal of various types of viral pathogens at wastewater treatment plants in Arizona and identified novel viral indicators to ensure treatment efficiency. This seminar will also cover other research topics related to viral pathogens in water, such as molecular epidemiological analysis of gastroenteritis viruses in water environments and development of a novel biosensor technology for virus detection in water.

About the speaker

Masaaki Kitajima earned his doctoral engineering degree in the field of urban environmental engineering from the University of Tokyo in 2011. After receiving the doctoral degree, he worked at the University of Arizona as a postdoc through the Japan Society for Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research Abroad from 2011 to 2013. He expanded his research experience by working at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Center, a research center of MIT in Singapore, for two years from 2014. Since 2016, he has been an assistant professor at Hokkaido University in Japan, where he teaches courses related to environmental engineering and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Masaaki has published 76 peer-reviewed journal papers in his career. His research area covers broad aspects of health-related water microbiology from an environmental engineering perspective, represented by tracking the behavior of microbial pathogens and indicators in natural and engineered water systems.

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