Erica Fuhrmeister (she/her), PhD

Principal Investigator

Appointments

Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

School of Public Health, the University of Washington

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 

School of Engineering, the University of Washington

Education

Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of California, Berkeley

M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of California, Berkeley

B.S. Environmental Engineering - Johns Hopkins University


Dr. Fuhrmeister enjoys eating her way through Seattle's excellent culinary offerings. She has an affinity for anything sweet, especially doughnuts. 

Irmarie Cotto, PhD (she/her)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Irmarie is an NSF ASEE Postdoctoral eFellow at the University of Washington. She holds a Ph.D. (2022) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master of Science (2016) and Bachelor's degrees (2012) from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM). Irmarie has experience using molecular methods and bioinformatics and is interested in exploring the impact of animal husbandry on antibiotic resistance in the household environment. She is co-mentored by Prof. Karen Levy in DEOHS. 



Irmarie likes traveling with friends and family and walking with her dog Thanos.

Megan O'Brien, MS (she/her)

Research Scientist

Megan is a research scientist in the Fuhrmeister lab at UW. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Environmental Health Science from Baylor University. Her research interests include wastewater-based epidemiology, bioinformatics, and environmental toxicology. Currently, she is investigating detection and enrichment strategies for ARGs found in wastewater. 


In her free time, Megan enjoys kayaking, rock climbing, and reading. 


Angelo Ong

Graduate Student

Angelo is currently pursuing a master's degree in Environmental Health and received his bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Washington in 2019. He has spent three years working as a researcher in the Environmental and Occupational Health Microbiology Lab (EOHML) at UW. At EOHML, Angelo worked on numerous projects including SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance, disinfectant development and testing, and bacteriophage assays. He has wide interests in infectious diseases, environmental surveillance, and ecology in the human microbiome.   





Briahna Koger

Graduate Student

Briahna is a 1st year master's student pursuing a M.S. in Environmental Health Science at the University of Washington Seattle. She recently completed her B.S. in Biology at the University of Washington Bothell. While at UW-B, Briahna spent a year working with Dr. Keya Sen's lab, searching for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae within the crow-infested wetlands on campus. Her research interests are on environmental antimicrobial surveillance and the dissemination of antimicrobials from urban bird populations. Currently, she is working alongside Megan with wastewater ARG enrichment. 


In her free time, Briahna likes to play video games, Dungeons & Dragons, and Magic: The Gathering, as well as spending time with friends and family. 






Ruohan Hu (she/her)

Undergraduate Student

Ruohan is a junior undergraduate majoring in public health-global health at University of Washington. She is interested in water quality, climate change, biostatistics, and is also open to exploring other fields! 


In her free time, Ruohan likes hiking, cycling, or just walking around Seattle.


Anysiah Taylor (she/her)

Undergraduate Student

Anysiah Taylor is a 3rd year at the University of Washington currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Public Health-Global Health. Recently she conducted field research in the Peruvian Amazonia exploring the intersections between the built environment and public health. Anysiah is interested in infectious disease prevention and response, public health policy interventions, environmental justice, and One Health.


Anysiah likes to spend time with her family, friends and dog Rafiki.

Graduates

Lizi Rott

Graduate Student

Lizi graduated in 2023 with a MS from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. She received her  bachelor's degree in Biology, Health, and Society from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include the epigenome, antibiotic resistance genetics, and water quality. Her master’s thesis investigated  antimicrobial prescription patterns in veterinary medicine. Lizi is now a toxicologist at Boeing.