U.A. Alumni Joan Rose is Recipient of the Stockholm Water Prize

Dr. Joan Rose

Michigan State University Professor Dr. Joan Rose, a former graduate student in the laboratory of SWES professor Charles Gerba, was recently awarded the world’s most prestigious water award. The Stockholm Water Prize  is awarded to recognize outstanding water achievements and encourage interest in water and sustainability issues.

The prize will be presented in Geneva during the annual United Nation’s World Water Week celebration in August. During the event leaders from around the world will gather to exchange ideas regarding today’s challenging water related issues.

Dr. Rose is an international authority on water microbiology, water quality, and public health safety. Her research focus is on microbial risk to human health in water. Dr. Rose and her research team, which she refers to as “water detectives”, are developing new genetic analytics to study waterborne health threats. She is pioneer in the science of sequencing virus DNA or “viral metagenomics”, and now is utilizing it to assess the safety of fresh produce.  Dr. Rose investigates waterborne disease outbreaks and studies water supplies, treatment, and reclamation throughout the world.

Dr. Rose is Co Director for the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA) at Michigan State University (Center of Excellence DHS/EPA). She also co-directs the Center for Water Science and is a Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair for Water Research. She serves on the National Research Council of the National Academies Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology.


The full article about the award and a video with Dr. Rose was published March 22, 2016 on the Michigan State University website:

MSU global water scientist awarded world’s top water prize     by Kim Ward



To learn more about Dr. Rose and her research visit her website. http://www.rose.canr.msu.edu/