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Joe Brown, PhD, PE

Dr. Joe Brown

Joe Brown, PhD, PE

Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
  • UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • 0032 Michael Hooker Research Center

Dr. Brown has broad interests in water and sanitation technologies, environmental health microbiology and the role of infrastructure in protecting public health and well-being. His current research includes the use of fecal waste streams in public health surveillance; the development and application of novel tools to track pathogens in environmental media; and observational and experimental studies to estimate the effects of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in controlling the transmission of infectious diseases. Dr. Brown has held former faculty appointments at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Key Publications

Analysis of Fecal Sludges Reveals Common Enteric Pathogens in Urban Maputo, Mozambique. Drew Capone, David Berendes, Oliver Cumming, Jackie Knee, Rassul Nalá, Benjamin B. Risk, Christine Stauber, Kevin Zhu, and Joe Brown (2020). Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett., 7(12), 889-895.
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A novel droplet digital PCR human mtDNA assay for fecal source tracking. Kevin Zhu, Brittany Suttnera, Amy Pickering, Konstantinos T. Konstantinidis, Joe Brown (2020). Water Research, 183(15).
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Water and Sanitation in Urban America, 2017–2019. Drew Capone, Oliver Cumming, Dennis Nichols, Joe Brown (2020). American Journal of Public Health.
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Factors Associated with Water Service Continuity for the Rural Populations of Bangladesh, Pakistan, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. DuChanois RM, Liddle ES, Fenner RA, Jeuland M, Evans B, Cumming O, Zaman RU, Mujica-Pereira AV, Ross I, Gribble MO, Brown J. (2019). Environ Sci Technol, 53(8), 4355-4363.
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Risk factors for childhood enteric infection in urban Maputo, Mozambique: A cross-sectional study. Knee J, Sumner T, Adriano Z, Berendes D, de Bruijn E, Schmidt W-P, et al.  (2018). Negl Trop Dis, 12(11).
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Access to Household Water Quality Information Leads to Safer Water: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial in india. Mallory Trent, Robert Dreibelbis, Arjun Bir, Sachchida Nand Tripathi, Pawan Labhasetwar, Pranav Nagarnaik, Andrew Loo, Robert Bain, Marc Jeuland, and Joe Brown  (2018). Environ. Sci. Technol., 52(9), 5319-5329.
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PhD, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007

MPhil, Environment and Development, University of Cambridge, 2003

BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama, 2001

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