Morteza Abbaszadegan is a professor of environmental microbiology and engineering and founding director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Water & Environmental Technology (WET) Center at Arizona State University. The center provides a platform to address issues as diverse as water quality by capitalizing the strengths of partner organizations. He joined the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment in 1999 after spending more than six years as a microbiology research manager in private industry. He developed three different courses for the program including an Environmental Microbiology course (CEE 467/567) for engineers.
Professor Abbaszadegan's research expertise includes: contemporary water quality issues related to health-related water microbiology including microbial detection methodologies, pathogens inactivation and removal mechanisms during water treatment processes, water quality in water distribution systems and microbial monitoring of source waters. He has developed many new techniques for the detection of viruses, bacteria and parasites in water environments.
Professor Abbaszadegan has authored more than 100 research manuscripts, book chapters and reports in the area of environmental microbiology and engineering. He serves as editor of the Journal of Water and Health, an IWA publishing. He has also served on several national and international committees and currently is the chair, Section 9510, Detection of Enteric Viruses for Standard Methods. He received the Outstanding Research Team Award from the University of Arizona.