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Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Lab

The Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Laboratory is housed within the Division of Environmental Health in the College of Public Health at Temple University. The lab is currently led by Dr. Heather Murphy. The lab team consists of research fellows, graduate and undergraduate students interested in the field of water and health. The laboratory primarily focuses on microbiological contamination of water supplies and the subsequent impacts on public health. Current research areas include: 

  • The impact of septic systems on private well water quality
  • Combined sewer overflows and the impact on receiving water bodies
  • The microbial ecology of drinking water distribution systems
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene issues in developing nations

The lab is physically housed in Biolife 404 and Ritter Hall 204.