WaterSHED – Dr. Mark Sobsey

Mark Sobsey
Dr. Mark Sobsey

Dr. Mark Sobsey is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering 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 of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 1974 as an assistant professor. Professor Sobsey is internationally known for research, teaching and service in environmental health microbiology and virology and in water, sanitation and hygiene, with more than 200 published papers and reports. His 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, fomites and food for the prevention and control of water-, food- and excreta-borne disease. His most recent research focuses on household water treatment and safe storage for improved water quality and health and water microbiological analysis methods to distinguish between safe and unsafe water. Professor Sobsey is an author, consultant and scientific advisor to the World Health Organization, World Bank, UNICEF, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of North Carolina and other international, national and state entities. His honors include being the 2001 recipient of the American Water Works Association A.P. Black Award for research excellence, a 2009 recipient of the Water Environment Federation Pioneer Award for Disinfection contributions and a 2010 Water Innovation Award from the LAUNCH program. He is a member of the International Water Association, the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the American Society for Microbiology.