Kelly Reynolds, MSPH, PhD, Professor and Environmental Microbiologist, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Community, Environment and Policy at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She has worked as a researcher and public health educator in environmental science for more than 30 years, specializing in water quality, food safety and disease transmission. Reynolds’ extensive experience in those research areas includes her role as a principal investigator of numerous projects and the publication of hundreds of journal articles, book chapters and professional reports. She is also Public Health Editor of WC&P International magazine. Reynolds is currently working on several projects, including a collaboration with researchers from the UA College of Engineering, using smartphone optics to detect human viruses in drinking water. She said this type of technology not only would expedite the process of discovering waterborne viruses, but could detect previously undetectable viruses. In other research, Reynolds is looking for contaminants in both water sources and in the home. In the water study, she is evaluating the risk of tap water by analyzing the types of disease-causing organisms captured in the filters of household purification devices. As Director of the Environment, Exposure Science and Risk Assessment Center at the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health, Reynolds hopes her research yields information people will use to reduce their risk of illness.

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