Morteza Abbaszadegan

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Director, NSF Water and Enviromental Technology Center, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering
Arizona State University
PO Box 875306
Tempe, AZ 85287-5306


Dr. Abbaszadegan is a professor of environmental microbiology/engineering and founding director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Water & Environmental Technology (WET) Center at Arizona State University. The NSF Center provides a platform to address issues as diverse as water quality by capitalizing the strengths of partner organizations. He joined the school in 1999 after spending more than six years as a microbiology research manager in private industry. He developed three different courses for the program including an Environmental Microbiology course (CEE 467/567) for engineers.

Research Expertise: Contemporary water quality issues related to health-related water microbiology including microbial detection methodologies, pathogens inactivation and removal mechanisms during water treatment processes, water quality in water distribution systems and microbial monitoring of source waters. He has developed many new techniques for the detection of viruses, bacteria and parasites in water environments.

Honors and Distinctions: Abbaszadegan has authored more than 100 research manuscripts, book chapters and reports in the area of environmental microbiology and engineering. He serves as Editor of the Journal of Water and Health, an IWA publishing, and successfully established NSF Centers in Water Quality and Environmental Technology at ASU. He has also served on several national and international committees and currently is the Chair, Section 9510, Detection of Enteric Viruses for Standard Methods. Abbaszadegan received the Outstanding Research Team Award, University of Arizona.


water resource management; water microbiology; microbial detection methodologies; pathogens inactivation; pathogen removal mechanisms; water treatment processes; water distribution systems


PhD, University of Arizona, 1991

Journal Articles


Alum, A., C. Rock and M. Abbaszadegan. 2014. A unified method to process biosolids samples for the recovery of bacterial, viral, and helminths pathogens. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A: Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering 49(6):679-684. DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2014.865451. (link)

Mayer, B. K., E. Daugherty and M. Abbaszadegan. 2014. Disinfection byproduct formation resulting from settled, filtered, and finished water treated by titanium dioxide photocatalysis. Chemosphere 117:72-78. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.05.073. (link)


Elzein, M., A. Alum and M. Abbaszadegan. 2013. Biochemical signature assay for use in a biosensor platform to detect bacteria in drinking water biofilms. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A: Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering 48(8):925-932. DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2013.762736. (link)

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