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Morteza Abbaszadegan

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.

PhD, University of Arizona, 1991

Journal Articles


Hesari, N., A. Alum, M. Elzein and M. Abbaszadegan. 2016. A biosensor platform for rapid detection of E. coli in drinking water. Enzyme and Microbial Technology 83(Feb):22-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.enzmictec.2015.11.007. (link )


Abbaszadegan, M., M. Yi and A. Alum. 2015. Stimulation of 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) production by actionomycetes after cyclic chlorination in drinking water distribution systems. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A. Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering 50(4):265-271. DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2015.987526. (link )

Schwake, D., A. Alum and M. Abbaszadegan. 2015. Automobile windshield washer fluid: A potential source of transmission of Legionella. Science of the Total Environment 526(Sep):271-277. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.122. (link )

Yavarmanesh, M., A. Alum and M. Abbaszadegan. 2015. Occurrence of noroviruses and their correlation with microbial indicators in raw milk. Food and Environmental Virology 7(3):232-238. DOI: 10.1007/s12560-015-9185-5. (link )


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 )

Kabiri, L., A. Alum, C. Rock, J. M. McLain and M. Abbaszadegan. 2013. Isolation of Bacteriodes from fish and human fecal samples for identification of unique molecular markers. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 59(12):771-777. DOI: 10.1139/cjm-2013-0518. (link )


Abbaszadegan, M., A. Alum, H. Abbaszadegan and V. Stout. 2011. Cell surface display of poliovirus reception on E. coli: A novel method for concentrating viral particles in water. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77(15):5141-5148. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00071-11. (link )


Mayer, B. K., H. Ryu, D. Gerrity and M. Abbaszadegan. 2010. Development and validation of an integrated cell culture-qRTPCR assay for simultaneous quantification of coxsackieviruses, echoviruses, and polioviruses in disinfection studies. Water Science and Technology 61(2):375-387. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2010.818. (link )

Mohammedesmaeili, F., M. Kabin Badr, M. Abbaszadegan and P. Fox. 2010. Mineral recovery from inland reverse osmosis concentrate using isothermal evaporation. Water Research 44(20):6021-6030.


Gerrity, D., B. Mayer, H. Ryu, J. Crittenden and M. Abbaszadegan. 2009. A comparison of pilot-scale photocatalysis and enhanced coagulation for disinfection byproduct mitigation. Water Research 43(6):1597-1610.


Mayer, B., H. Ryu and M. Abbaszadegan. 2008. Treatability of U.S. EPA Contaminant Candidate List viruses: removal of coxsackievirus and echovirus using enhanced coagulation. Environmental Science & Technology 42(18):6890-6896. DOI: 10.1021/es801481s. (link )

Ryu, H., D. Gerrity, J. C. Crittenden and M. Abbaszadegan. 2008. Photocatalytic inactivation of Cryptospordium parvum with TiO2 and low-pressure ultraviolet. Water Research 42(6-7):1523-1530.


Abbaszadegan, M., M. LeChavallier and C. Gerba. 2003. Occurrence of viruses in US ground waters. Journal of the American Water Works Association 95(9):107-120. (link )

Drees, K. P., M. Abbaszadegan and R. M. Maier. 2003. Comparative electrochemical inactivation of bacteria and bacteriophage. Water Research 37(10):2291-2300.


Abbaszadegan, M., M. N. Hasan, C. P. Gerba, P. F. Roessler, B. R. Wilson, R. Kuennen and E. Van Dellen. 1997. The disinfection efficacy of a point-of-use water treatment system against bacterial, viral and protozoan waterborne pathogens. Water Research 41(3):574-582.


Enriquez, C. E., M. Abbaszadegan, I. L. Pepper, K. J. Richardson and C. P. Gerber. 1993. Poliovirus detection in water by cell culture and nucleic acid hybridization. Water Research 27(7):1113-1118.