Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

Mark Sobsey

Dr. Mark Sobsey is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, specializing in Environmental Health Microbiology and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received a B.S. in Biology (1965) and a M.S. in Hygiene (1967) from the University of Pittsburgh, Pa. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley (1971). This was followed by a post-doctoral position (1971), instructorship (1972) and assistant professorship (1973) in the Department of Virology and Epidemiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He joined the faculty at UNC-CH in 1974 as an assistant professor. Professor Sobsey’s research, teaching and service encompass the detection, characterization, occurrence, environmental survival/transport/fate, treatment, human health effects characterization and risk assessment of viruses, bacteria and parasites of public health concern in water, wastewater, biosolids, soil, air and food for the prevention and control of water-, food- and excreta-borne disease. His most recent research focuses on household water treatment for improved water quality and health, appropriate microbial detection technologies for water, and wastewater reuse and antimicrobial resistance of bacteria in the environment associated with fecal waste sources.