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Lisa Casanova

Associate Professor    
Education

Ph.D., 2008, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Environmental Health Sciences
M.S., 2004, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S., 2000, University of Arizona, Microbiology

Specializations

environmental health microbiology, environmental sampling and analysis, microbial risk assessment, scientific writing

Biography

Casanova Curriculum Vitae
Lisa Casanova is an associate professor in the School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Dr. Casanova is an environmental health microbiologist whose research focuses on environmental transmission of infectious diseases. Previously she has conducted evaluations of post-tsunami safe water interventions in Sri Lanka, novel technologies for drinking water treatment, evaluations of methods for protecting healthcare workers from exposure to viral diseases, and studies of the survival of viruses in water and on surfaces and objects.

Her interests include waterborne disease, low-cost water and sanitation options for developing nations, protecting healthcare workers from occupational infections, and the spread of infectious diseases in the built environment.

Dr. Casanova currently teaches introduction to environmental health course, environmental health microbiology, environmental sampling and analysis, microbial risk assessment, and scientific writing for students.

Publications

1. *Bearden, R. and L.M. Casanova. 2016. Survival of an Enveloped Virus on Toys. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, accepted for publication.

2. *Brown, T., *W. Chen, and L.M. Casanova. 2016. Survival and Disinfection of an Enveloped Surrogate Virus on Tyvek Suits Used for Healthcare Personal Protective Equipment. American Journal of Infection Control, in press.

3. *Sholtes, K., K. Lowe, G. Walters, K. Linden, M.D. Sobsey, and L.M. Casanova. 2016. Comparison of Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diodes and Low-Pressure Mercury-Arc Lamps for Disinfection of Water. Environmental Technology, DOI:10.1080/09593330.2016.1144798

4. Casanova, L.M. and M.D. Sobsey. 2015. Reduction of Acid-Fast and Non-Acid-Fast Bacteria by Point of Use Coagulation-Flocculation-Disinfection. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 12(11):14420-14428; doi: 10.3390/ijerph121114420.

5. *Armstrong, A., M.D. Sobsey and L.M. Casanova. 2015. Disinfection of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa by copper in water. Journal of Water and Health, accepted for publication.

6. Casanova, L.M., and S.R. Weaver. 2015. Inactivation of an Enveloped Surrogate Virus in Human Sewage. Environmental Science and Technology Letters, 2(3):76–78

7. Casanova, L.M., and S.R. Weaver. 2015. Evaluation of eluents for the recovery of an enveloped virus from hands by whole-hand sampling. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 118(5):1210-1216.

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