- Dr. Charles P. Gerba, Professor, Microbiologist
- Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds, Public Health Microbiologist
- Dr. Eugene M. Cole, Environmental Microbiologist
Dr. Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., Professor, University of Arizona
Dr. Gerba is a microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona in the departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Soil, Water, and Environmental Science. He has authored over four hundred peer-reviewed scientific articles and contributed to dozens of books.
Dr. Gerba and his team of researchers have contributed substantially to the study of environmentally-mediated infectious disease transmission, antimicrobial agents, and environmental detection of pathogens.
Dr. Gerba is well known for the perspective he brings to the public through popular media, with respect to microorganisms and the risks they pose in home and public environments. He recently co-authored the book "The Germ Freak's Guide to Outwitting Colds and Flu.
"Germs never give up. They always find a way."
Dr. Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, Ph.D., Public Health Microbiologist
Dr. Reynolds is Associate Professor, College of Public Health, at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Her extensive experience includes publication of hundreds of journal articles, book chapters and professional reports, specializing in water quality, food safety and surface-mediated infectious disease transmission.
Dr. Reynolds is currently Principal Investigator of a study monitoring Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the home by characterizing the bacteria’s survival in soft surfaces, including carpets and towels. MRSA can cause severe skin infections and result in hospitalizations and even death.
Dr. Reynolds received her doctorate from the University of Arizona Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and a master’s degree from the University of South Florida in Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.
"With basic hygiene, you can control germs on your terms."
Dr. Eugene M. Cole, Ph.D., Environmental Microbiologist
Dr. Cole is Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah and Technical Research Director, LRC Indoor Testing and Research. He holds both a Master of Science in Public Health Microbiology and a Doctor of Public Health in Biohazard Science/Occupational Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association and serves as a technical consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and various industry associations.
He has over 30 years experience in areas related to indoor environmental quality, infectious disease transmission, biological safety, laboratory quality assurance, microbial inactivation, medical waste management, and bioterrorism preparedness. His research focuses on the microbial ecology of indoor environments, with special emphasis on identification and reduction of pollutant reservoirs and sources, bioaerosols, exposure assessment and control, cleaning and restoration, mold remediation, and biocides.
From 1983-89, Dr. Cole co-directed the USEPA funded research program on Disinfectant Test Methods Evaluation and Development that evaluated deficiencies in standard disinfectant test methods and developed new, less variable ones. This led to extensive modification of the AOAC Use-Dilution method, and development of a new, quantitative suspension test method.
"Personal and family hygiene education and the targeted use of effective cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products, is absolutely critical to health promotion in this age of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases."