Dr. Marc Verhougstraete
Marc is a Visiting Scientist in the Microbiology Department who studies the sources, occurrence and transport of waterborne pathogens. He works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona’s Zuckerman College of Public Health. Marc received his Ph.D. in integrated water microbiology and his B.S. in environmental biology and zoology, both from Michigan State University.
Ph.D., College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2012
B.S, College of Natural Science, Department of Zoology: B.S.: Environmental Biology and Zoology Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2007
Areas of Expertise
Marc Verhougstraete is a scientist specializing in environmental microbiology and exposure assessment to reduce human exposure to pathogens in water and indoor environments. His current research measures pathogens and models their associated health risk in irrigation, drinking, and recreational waters and indoor environments, such as hospitals.
Assistant Professor: The University of Arizona, College of Public Health, Tucson, AZ. 2016-Present
Research Professor: The University of Arizona, College of Public Health, Tucson, AZ. 2015-2016
Post-doctoral Research Associate: The University of Arizona, College of Public Health, Tucson, AZ. 2013-2015
Post-doctoral Research Associate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City, NC. 2012- 2013
Research Assistant: Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI. 2007- 2012
Professional Assistant: State of Michigan, Department of Environmental Quality. Water Bureau, Lansing, Michigan. 2005- 2010
Environmental Science and Technology, Manuscript Reviewer
Journal of Great Lakes Research, Manuscript Reviewer
Water Science and Technology, Manuscript Reviewer
Encyclopedia of Agricultural, Food, and Biological Engineering, Manuscript Reviewer
North Pacific Research Board, Manuscript Reviewer
Journal of Water and Health, Manuscript Reviewer
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Manuscript Reviewer
National Science Foundation, Proposal Reviewer
USDA-CARE program, Proposal Reviewer
Park-Euclid/7th Street & Arizona Avenue Water Quality Assurance Revolving fund Site Community Advisory Board, Committee Chair. (2014-Present)
Honors and Awards
University of Arizona Open Access Publishing Fund Award (2014)
Verhougstraete, M. and K. Reynolds. (2016). Use of a portable air disinfecting system to remove seeded coliphage in hospital rooms. American Journal of Infection Control 44 (6) 714-715.
Verhougstraete, M. (2016). On Tap: Water Issues: Global Concerns and Global Issues. Water Conditioning & Purification International. Trade journal article peer reviewed by a technical advisory committee.
Lamparelli, C.C., K. Pogreba-Brown, M. Verhougstraete, M.I,Z. Sato, T. Wade, and J.N.S. Eisenberg. (2015). A prospective cohort study of risks associated with beaches in Brazil. Water Research 87: 59-68.
Verhougstraete, M., S. Martin, A. Kendall, D. Hyndman, and J. Rose. (2015). Microbial responses to land, physical, chemical, environmental, and hydrological factors. PNAS 112(33): 10419-10424.
Lothrop, N., Wilkinson, S., Verhougstraete, M.P., Sugeng, A., Loh, M., Klimecki, W., & Beamer, P. (2015). Home Water Treatment Habits and Effectiveness in a Rural Arizona Community. Water. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. DOI:10.3390/w7031217
Verhougstraete, M.P., S. Brothers, W. Litaker, and R. Noble. (2015). Lessons learned from implementing a wet laboratory molecular training workshop for beach water quality monitoring. PLOS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121214
Verhougstraete, M. And J. Rose. (2014). Microbial investigations of water, sediment, and algae mats the mixed use watershed of Saginaw Bay, Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research 40: 75-82.
Verhougstraete, M.P., M.N. Byappanahalli, R.L. Whitman, and J.B. Rose. (2010). Cladophora in the Great Lakes: Impacts on beach water quality and human health. Water Sci. and Tech.62: 68-76. http://www.iwaponline.com/wst/06201/wst062010068.htm
Verhougstraete. M.P. (2010). Mucky mysteries: Identifying sources of pollution in Saginaw Bay. Spotlight Magazine. Michigan State University Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. East Lansing, Michigan. http://www.fw.msu.edu/~gso/spotlight/spotlightSpring2010.pdf