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
Pezeshki, P., M. Yavarmanesh, M. B. Habibi Najafi, M. Abbaszadegan and M. Mohebbi. Effect of meat aging on survival of MS2 bacteriophage as a surrogate of enteric viruses on lamb meat. Journal of Food Safety DOI: 10.1111/jfs.12336.
Hesari, N., N. K. Yilmazcoban, M. Elzein, A. Alum and M. Abbaszadegan. 2017. A strategy to establish a quality assurance/quality control plan for the application of biosensors for the detection of E. coli in water. Biosensors 7(1):Art. 3. DOI: 10.3390/bios7010003. (link )
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 )
Kabiri, L., A. Alum, C. Rock, J. E. McLain and M. Abbaszadegan. 2016. A tool box strategy using Bacteroides genetic markers to differentiate human from non-human sources of fecal contamination in natural water. Science of the Total Environment 572(Dec):897-905. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.07.188. (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 )
Mayer, B. K., E. Daugherty and M. Abbaszadegan. 2015. Evaluation of the relationships between bulk organic precursors and disinfection byproduct formation for advanced ixodation processes. Chemosphere 121(Feb):39-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.10.070. (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 )
Yavarmanesh, M., M. Abbaszadegan, A. Alum, M. B. Habibi Najafi, M. R. Bassami and M. R. Nassiri. 2013. Impact of milk components on recovery of viral RNA from MS2 bacteriophage. Food and Environmental Virology 5(2):103-109. DOI: 10.1007/s12560-013-9107-3. (link )
Biyela, P. T., H. Ryu, A. Brown, A. Alum, M. Abbaszadegan and B. E. Rittmann. 2012. Expanded Summary; Distribution systems as reservoirs of Naegleria fowleri and other amoebae. Journal of American Water Works Association 104(1):49-51. DOI: 10.5942/jawwa.2012.104.0007#sthash.VRlcz2vE.dpuf. (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 )
Bosch, A., G. Sanchez, M. Abbaszadegan, A. Carducci, S. Guix, F. S. Le Guyader, R. Netshikweta, R. M. Pinto, W. H. van der Poel, S. Rutjes, D. Sano, M. B. Taylor, W. B. van Zyl, D. Rodriguez-Lazaro, K. Kovac and J. Sellwood. 2011. Analytical methods for virus detection in water and food. Food Analytical Methods 4(1):4-12. DOI: 10.1007/s12161-010-9161-5. (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 )
Mohammadesmaeili, F., M. Kabin Badr, M. Abbaszadegan and P. Fox. 2010. Byproduct recovery from reclaimed water reverse osmosis concentrate using lime and soda-ash treatment. Water Environment Research 82(4):342-350. (link )
Mohammadesmaeili, 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2010.07.070. (link )
Rock, C., A. Alum and M. Abbaszadegan. 2010. PCR inhibitor levels in concentrates of biosolid samples predicted by a new method based on excitation-emission matrix spectroscopy. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76(24):8102-8109. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02339-09. (link )
Ryu, H., B. K. Mayer and M. Abbaszadegan. 2010. Applicability of quantitative PCR for determination of removal efficacy of enteric viruses and Cryptosporidium by water treatment processes. Journal of Water and Health 8(1):101-108. DOI: 10.2166/wh.2009.208. (link )
Yavarmanesh, M., M. Abbaszadegan, A. Mortazavi, M. B. Habibi Najafi, M. R. Bassami and M. R. Nassiri. 2010. Impact of milk components in recovery of the MS2 bacteriophage as an indicator of enteric viruses. Journal of Virological Methods 168(1-2):103-107. DOI: 10.1016/j.jviromet.2010.04.028. (link )
Alum, A., B. Mobasher, A. Rashid and M. Abbaszadegan. 2009. Image analyses-based nondisruptive method to quantify algal growth on concrete surfaces. Journal of Environmental Engineering 135(3):185-190. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9372(2009)135:3(185)#sthash.gjH6HTOP.dpuf. (link )
Gerrity, D., B. K. 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. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2009.01.010. (link )
Gupta, V., W. P. Johnson, P. Shafieian, A. Alum, M. Abbaszadegan, S. A. Hubbs and T. Rauch-Williams. 2009. Riverbank filtration: Comparison of pilot scale transport with theory. Environmental Science & Technology 43(3):669-676. DOI: 10.1021/es8016396. (link )
Gupta, V., W. P. Johnson, P. Shafieian, H. Ryu, A. Alum, M. Abbaszadegan, S. A. Hubbs and T. Rauch-Williams. 2009. Addition/Correction: Riverbank filtration: Comparison of pilot scale transport with theory. Environmental Science & Technology 43(8):2992. DOI: 10.1021/es900430y. (link )
McLain, J. E., H. Ryu, L. Kabiri, C. Rock and M. Abbaszadegan. 2009. Lack of specificity for PCR assays targeting human Bacteroides 16S rRNA gene: cross-amplification with fish feces. FEMS Microbiology Letters 299(1):38-43. DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2009.01745.x. (link )
Rahman, R., A. Alum, H. Ryu and M. Abbaszadegan. 2009. Identification of microbial faecal sources in the New River in the United States–Mexican border region. Journal of Water and Health 7(2):267-275. DOI: 10.2166/wh.2009.025. (link )
Abbaszadegan, M., P. Monteiro, N. Nwachuku, A. Alum and H. Ryu. 2008. Removal of adenovirus, calicivirus, and bacteriophages by conventional drinking water treatment. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A 43(2):171-177. DOI: 10.1080/10934520701781541. (link )
Alum, A., A. Rashid, B. Mobasher and M. Abbaszadegan. 2008. Cement-based biocide coatings for controlling algal growth in water distribution canals. Cement and Concrete Composites 30(9):839-847. DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2008.06.012. (link )
Gerrity, D., H. Ryu, J. Crittenden and M. Abbaszadegan. 2008. Photocatalytic inactivation of viruses using titanium dioxide nanoparticles and low-pressure UV light. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A 43(11):1261-1270. DOI: 10.1080/10934520802177813. (link )
Gerrity, D., H. Ryu, J. Crittenden and M. Abbaszadegan. 2008. UV inactivation of Adenovirus Type 4 measured by integrated cell culture qPCR. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A 43(14):1628-1638. DOI: 10.1080/10934520802329919. (link )
Mayer, B. K., 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. and M. Abbaszadegan. 2008. Long-term study of Cryptosporidium and Giardia occurrence and quantitative microbial risk assessment in surface waters of Arizona in the USA. Journal of Water and Health 6(2):263-273. DOI: 10.2166/wh.2008.030. (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. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2007.10.037. (link )
Abbaszadegan, M., B. K. Mayer, H. Ryu and N. Nwachuku. 2007. Efficacy of removal of CCL viruses under enhanced coagulation conditions. Environmental Science & Technology 41(3):971-977. DOI: 10.1021/es061517z. (link )
Ryu, H., A. Alum, K. D. Mena and M. Abbaszadegan. 2007. Assessment of the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and Giardia in non-potable reclaimed water. Water Science & Technology 55(1-2):283-290. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2007.047. (link )
Straub, T. M., K. Honer zu Bentrup, P. Orocz Coghlan, A. Dohnalkova, B. K. Mayer, R. A. Bartholomew, C. O. Valdez, C. J. Bruckner-Lea, C. P. Gerba, M. Abbaszadegan and C. A. Nickerson. 2007. In vitro cell culture infectivity assay for human noroviruses. Emerging Infectious Diseases 13(3): 396. DOI: 10.3201/eid1303.060549. (link )
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.