Despite dramatic reductions in infectious disease burden over the past century, morbidity and mortality remain strikingly high. For example, there are over 4 billion cases of gastrointestinal illness and 14 billion cases of respiratory illness worldwide every year. Combined, gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases are responsible for over 3 million deaths of
children under five annually. These diseases, and other environmentally-mediated diseases like hepatitis, helminth infections, and tropical-cluster diseases rely on a variety of environmental reservoirs during transmission from infected to susceptible individuals.
Our research agenda is to advance the understanding of these transmission models, identify and assess interventions that interrupt transmission, and reduce global infectious disease burden.
Some of our ongoing and recently completed projects are below. For a full list of our publications, please see Google Scholar
Although we occasionally have open positions, we strongly encourage you to develop a source of funding to support you and your research interests. For existing opportunities, please see Eawag's Open Positions.
Established International Researchers interested in short (weeks or months) research visits may be eligible for funding through SNF's International Short Visits program.
M.Sc. applicants looking for a thesis hosting lab are strongly encouraged to contact Tim. We are always looking for motivated students interested in environmental transmission of infectious diseases.
Ph.D. applicants require a Master's degree and 3-4 years of funding. Ph.D. applicants are funded on project grants which are posted on the Eawag job website.
Postdoctoral fellow applicants need a Ph.D. degree in a related field and at least 1 year of funding. Potential Funding sources include Eawag Postdoctoral Fellowship, Marie Slodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Fellowship, Human Frontier Science Program, EMBO, United States National Science Foundation - Fellowship in Biology (PRFB)
If you are interested in joining our group, or just hearing more, please contact Tim. We welcome researchers at all levels (internship, Master's thesis, doctoral, or postdoctoral) and with broad backgrounds, including but not limited to: engineering, microbiology, mathematics,statistics, computer programming, anthropology, and economics. We also encourage you to look at the Funding link to identify potential ways to fund your interests.