Dr. Marc Verhougstraete

Dr. Marc Verhougstraete is a Visiting Scientist in the Microbiology Department who studies the sources, occurrence and transport of waterborne pathogens. He specializes in environmental microbiology and exposure assessment to reduce human exposure to pathogens in water and indoor environments. His research measures pathogens and models their associated health risk in irrigation, drinking, and recreational waters and indoor environments, such as hospitals. He works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona’s Zuckerman College of Public Health.

He 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

Professional Experience

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

Professional Appointments

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)

Journal Articles

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