W. Thomas Rice Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Title of talk
Identifying Critical Management Points for Mitigating the Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance using 'Omics-Based Approaches
Amy Pruden is the W. Thomas Rice Professor of Engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA USA. She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences and Ph.D. in Environmental Science, in 1997 and 2002 from the University of Cincinnati, and served as an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University from 2002-2008, joining the Civil & Environmental Engineering faculty at Virginia Tech in 2008. Her primary expertise is on tracking pathogens and antibiotic resistance genes through environmental systems and developing engineering control strategies for protecting public health. Her broad research mission is to advance the sustainability and health of our water systems through fundamental understanding of microbial ecology. Dr. Pruden received the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering in 2007 and the Paul L. Busch Award in 2014. Currently she is a co-PI on a National Science Foundation Partnership in International Research and Education (PIRE) grant, in collaboration with several international scientists, focused on comparing the "resistome" of wastewater treatment plants on an international scale. Dr. Pruden is an Associate Editor for Environmental Science and Technology and currently serves on the American Society for Microbiology Antimicrobial Resistance Coalition Steering Committee. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Water Research Foundation, Water Environment Research Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.