Dr. Pruden was interviewed for the PNAS article “Interested in gauging a population’s health? Look to sewage” https://www.pnas.org/content/116/13/5836
Dr. Pruden's research seeks to advance water engineering and agricultural practices through deeper understanding of the microbial communities inhabiting these systems. Her team applies a combination of next-generation DNA sequencing and bioinformatic tools to track targets of interest, including opportunistic pathogens, antibiotic resistance genes, and various functional groups of bacteria.
Check out Dr. Pruden’s interview on NPR! https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/03/27/707198359/scientists-look-for-antibiotic-resistant-germs-in-raw-sewage
Dr. Pruden spoke at Xenowac 2018 “Challenges and Solutions related to Xenobiotics and Antimicrobial Resistance in the Framework of Urban Wastewater Reuse: Towards a Blue Circle Society” in Cyprus in October!
Link to fill article by Virginia Tech