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Freshwater Science Teaser: Monitoring New Contaminants in Public Drinking Water Sources

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), including antibiotics, are emerging contaminants in water that are not completely eliminated during water treatment. Because these compounds can affect human and wildlife health, it’s important to assess their presence in drinking and wastewater. Dr. Jen Mou at Kent State University is developing new methods to detect these compounds, to help guide approaches for dealing with contaminants like them in the future. The team also wants to determine if the presence of a bacterial gene that codes for antibiotic resistance can predict levels of antibiotic contamination in water samples

Published: Jun 6, 2022
Last Modified: Jun 6, 2022
Duration: ~ 1 min
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 Xiaozhen  Mou

Xiaozhen Mou , PhD

Associate Professor, Kent State Department of Biological Sciences

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Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), including antibiotics, are emerging contaminants in water that are not completely eliminated during water treatment. Because these compounds can affect human and wildlife health, it’s important to assess their presence in drinking and wastewater.

Dr. Jen Mou at Kent State University is developing new methods to detect these compounds, to help guide approaches for dealing with contaminants like them in the future. The team also wants to determine if the presence of a bacterial gene that codes for antibiotic resistance can predict levels of antibiotic contamination in water samples.