Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental microbiology, community health, pathogen transmission, clean and safe sanitation
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2019
M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
B.S. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2014
Erica Fuhrmeister joins the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering from Tufts University where she was a postdoctoral fellow. She researches environmental transmission of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in low-and middle-income countries in order to inform policy, engineering controls and behavioral interventions.
Fuhrmeister studied enteric pathogens in rural Bangladesh to assess the impact of a sanitation intervention on fecal contamination in household reservoirs. At Tufts, she was awarded an NSF Fellowship to combat antimicrobial resistance by investigating how antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes spread between humans, animals, and the environment in Nairobi, Kenya. At the UW, she will be jointly appointed with the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the School of Public Health.