- Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
- Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
- Director, NSF Water and Enviromental Technology Center, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
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.
- PhD, University of Arizona, 1991
- water resource management
- microbial detection methodologies
- water treatment processes
- water distribution systems
- Clean Water and Sanitation
Alghamdi, H., A. Dakhane, A. Alum, M. Abbaszadegan, B. Mobasher and N. Neithalath. 2018. Synthesis and characterization of economical, multi-functional porous ceramics based on abundant aluminosilicates. Materials & Design 152(Aug):10-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2018.04.060. (link )
Alum, A., A. Alboloushi and M. Abbaszadegan. 2018. Copper nanoparticles toxicity: Laboratory strains verses environmental bacterial isolates. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A: Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering 53(7):643-650. DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2018.1429727. (link )
Bi, Y., E. I. Westerband, A. Alum, F. C. Brown, M. Abbaszadegan, K. D. Hristovski, A. L. Hicks and P. K. Westerhoff. 2018. Antimicrobial efficacy and life cycle impact of silver-containing food containers. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 6(10):13086-13095. DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b02639. (link )
Bone, S., A. Alum, J. Markovski, K. D. Hristovski, E. Bar-Zeev, Y. Kaufman, M. Abbaszadegan and F. Perreault. 2018. Physisorption and chemisorption of T4 bacteriophages on amino functionalized silica particles. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 535(Dec):68-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2018.07.107. (link )
McBurnett, L. R., N. T. Holt, A. Alum and M. Abbaszadegan. 2018. Legionella - A threat to groundwater: Pathogen transport in recharge basin. Science of The Total Environment 621(Apr):1485-1490. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.080. (link )
Hesari, N., N. K. Yilmazcoban, M. Elzein, A. Alum and M. Abbaszadegan. 2017. A strategy to establish a quality assurance/quality control plan for the application of biosensors for the detection of E. coli in water. Biosensors 7(1):Art. 3. DOI: 10.3390/bios7010003. (link )
Pezeshki, P., M. Yavarmanesh, M. B. Habibi Najafi, M. Abbaszadegan and M. Mohebbi. 2017. Effect of meat aging on survival of MS2 bacteriophage as a surrogate of enteric viruses on lamb meat. Journal of Food Safety 37(3):e12336. DOI: 10.1111/jfs.12336. (link )
Sadat Hosseini, S. R., M. R. Edalatian Doyom, M. Yavarmanesh and M. Abbaszadegan. 2017. Thermal inactivation of MS2 bacteriophage as a surrogate of enteric viruses in cow milk. Journal of Consumer Protection and Food Safety 12:341-347. DOI: 10.1007/s00003-017-1119-8. (link )
Hesari, N., A. Alum, M. Elzein and M. Abbaszadegan. 2016. A biosensor platform for rapid detection of E. coli in drinking water. Enzyme and Microbial Technology 83(Feb):22-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.enzmictec.2015.11.007. (link )
Kabiri, L., A. Alum, C. Rock, J. E. McLain and M. Abbaszadegan. 2016. A tool box strategy using Bacteroides genetic markers to differentiate human from non-human sources of fecal contamination in natural water. Science of the Total Environment 572(Dec):897-905. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.07.188. (link )
Abbaszadegan, M., M. Yi and A. Alum. 2015. Stimulation of 2-methylisoborneol (MIB) production by actinomycetes after cyclic chlorination in drinking water distribution systems. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A. Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering 50(4):265-271. DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2015.987526. (link )
Mayer, B. K., E. Daugherty and M. Abbaszadegan. 2015. Evaluation of the relationships between bulk organic precursors and disinfection byproduct formation for advanced ixodation processes. Chemosphere 121(Feb):39-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.10.070. (link )
Mayer, B. K., Y. Yang, D. Gerrity and M. Abbaszadegan. 2015. The impact of capsid proteins on virus removal and inactivation during water treatment processes. Microbiology Insights 8(S2):15-28. DOI: 10.4137/MBI.S31441. (link )
Schwake, D., A. Alum and M. Abbaszadegan. 2015. Automobile windshield washer fluid: A potential source of transmission of Legionella. Science of the Total Environment 526(Sep):271-277. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.03.122. (link )
Schwake, D. O., A. Alum and M. Abbaszadegan. 2015. Impact of environmental factors on Legionella populations in drinking water. Pathogens 4(2):269-282. DOI: 10.3390/pathogens4020269. (link )
Yavarmanesh, M., A. Alum and M. Abbaszadegan. 2015. Occurrence of noroviruses and their correlation with microbial indicators in raw milk. Food and Environmental Virology 7(3):232-238. DOI: 10.1007/s12560-015-9185-5. (link )
Alum, A., C. Rock and M. Abbaszadegan. 2014. A unified method to process biosolids samples for the recovery of bacterial, viral, and helminths pathogens. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A: Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering 49(6):679-684. DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2014.865451. (link )
Mayer, B. K., E. Daugherty and M. Abbaszadegan. 2014. Disinfection byproduct formation resulting from settled, filtered, and finished water treated by titanium dioxide photocatalysis. Chemosphere 117:72-78. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2014.05.073. (link )
Elzein, M., A. Alum and M. Abbaszadegan. 2013. Biochemical signature assay for use in a biosensor platform to detect bacteria in drinking water biofilms. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A: Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering 48(8):925-932. DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2013.762736. (link )
Kabiri, L., A. Alum, C. Rock, J. M. McLain and M. Abbaszadegan. 2013. Isolation of Bacteriodes from fish and human fecal samples for identification of unique molecular markers. Canadian Journal of Microbiology 59(12):771-777. DOI: 10.1139/cjm-2013-0518. (link )
Yavarmanesh, M., M. Abbaszadegan, A. Alum, M. B. Habibi Najafi, M. R. Bassami and M. R. Nassiri. 2013. Impact of milk components on recovery of viral RNA from MS2 bacteriophage. Food and Environmental Virology 5(2):103-109. DOI: 10.1007/s12560-013-9107-3. (link )
Biyela, P. T., H. Ryu, A. Brown, A. Alum, M. Abbaszadegan and B. E. Rittmann. 2012. Expanded Summary; Distribution systems as reservoirs of Naegleria fowleri and other amoebae. Journal of American Water Works Association 104(1):49-51. DOI: 10.5942/jawwa.2012.104.0007#sthash.VRlcz2vE.dpuf. (link )
Abbaszadegan, M., A. Alum, H. Abbaszadegan and V. Stout. 2011. Cell surface display of poliovirus reception on E. coli: A novel method for concentrating viral particles in water. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77(15):5141-5148. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00071-11. (link )
Bosch, A., G. Sanchez, M. Abbaszadegan, A. Carducci, S. Guix, F. S. Le Guyader, R. Netshikweta, R. M. Pinto, W. H. van der Poel, S. Rutjes, D. Sano, M. B. Taylor, W. B. van Zyl, D. Rodriguez-Lazaro, K. Kovac and J. Sellwood. 2011. Analytical methods for virus detection in water and food. Food Analytical Methods 4(1):4-12. DOI: 10.1007/s12161-010-9161-5. (link )
Mayer, B. K., H. Ryu, D. Gerrity and M. Abbaszadegan. 2010. Development and validation of an integrated cell culture-qRTPCR assay for simultaneous quantification of coxsackieviruses, echoviruses, and polioviruses in disinfection studies. Water Science and Technology 61(2):375-387. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2010.818. (link )
Mohammadesmaeili, F., M. Kabin Badr, M. Abbaszadegan and P. Fox. 2010. Byproduct recovery from reclaimed water reverse osmosis concentrate using lime and soda-ash treatment. Water Environment Research 82(4):342-350. (link )
Mohammadesmaeili, F., M. Kabin Badr, M. Abbaszadegan and P. Fox. 2010. Mineral recovery from inland reverse osmosis concentrate using isothermal evaporation. Water Research 44(20):6021-6030. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2010.07.070. (link )
Rock, C., A. Alum and M. Abbaszadegan. 2010. PCR inhibitor levels in concentrates of biosolid samples predicted by a new method based on excitation-emission matrix spectroscopy. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76(24):8102-8109. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02339-09. (link )
Ryu, H., B. K. Mayer and M. Abbaszadegan. 2010. Applicability of quantitative PCR for determination of removal efficacy of enteric viruses and Cryptosporidium by water treatment processes. Journal of Water and Health 8(1):101-108. DOI: 10.2166/wh.2009.208. (link )
Yavarmanesh, M., M. Abbaszadegan, A. Mortazavi, M. B. Habibi Najafi, M. R. Bassami and M. R. Nassiri. 2010. Impact of milk components in recovery of the MS2 bacteriophage as an indicator of enteric viruses. Journal of Virological Methods 168(1-2):103-107. DOI: 10.1016/j.jviromet.2010.04.028. (link )
Alum, A., B. Mobasher, A. Rashid and M. Abbaszadegan. 2009. Image analyses-based nondisruptive method to quantify algal growth on concrete surfaces. Journal of Environmental Engineering 135(3):185-190. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9372(2009)135:3(185)#sthash.gjH6HTOP.dpuf. (link )
Gerrity, D., B. K. Mayer, H. Ryu, J. Crittenden and M. Abbaszadegan. 2009. A comparison of pilot-scale photocatalysis and enhanced coagulation for disinfection byproduct mitigation. Water Research 43(6):1597-1610. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2009.01.010. (link )
Gupta, V., W. P. Johnson, P. Shafieian, A. Alum, M. Abbaszadegan, S. A. Hubbs and T. Rauch-Williams. 2009. Riverbank filtration: Comparison of pilot scale transport with theory. Environmental Science & Technology 43(3):669-676. DOI: 10.1021/es8016396. (link )
Gupta, V., W. P. Johnson, P. Shafieian, H. Ryu, A. Alum, M. Abbaszadegan, S. A. Hubbs and T. Rauch-Williams. 2009. Addition/Correction: Riverbank filtration: Comparison of pilot scale transport with theory. Environmental Science & Technology 43(8):2992. DOI: 10.1021/es900430y. (link )
McLain, J. E., H. Ryu, L. Kabiri, C. Rock and M. Abbaszadegan. 2009. Lack of specificity for PCR assays targeting human Bacteroides 16S rRNA gene: cross-amplification with fish feces. FEMS Microbiology Letters 299(1):38-43. DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2009.01745.x. (link )
Rahman, R., A. Alum, H. Ryu and M. Abbaszadegan. 2009. Identification of microbial faecal sources in the New River in the United States–Mexican border region. Journal of Water and Health 7(2):267-275. DOI: 10.2166/wh.2009.025. (link )
Abbaszadegan, M., P. Monteiro, N. Nwachuku, A. Alum and H. Ryu. 2008. Removal of adenovirus, calicivirus, and bacteriophages by conventional drinking water treatment. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A 43(2):171-177. DOI: 10.1080/10934520701781541. (link )
Alum, A., A. Rashid, B. Mobasher and M. Abbaszadegan. 2008. Cement-based biocide coatings for controlling algal growth in water distribution canals. Cement and Concrete Composites 30(9):839-847. DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2008.06.012. (link )
Gerrity, D., H. Ryu, J. Crittenden and M. Abbaszadegan. 2008. Photocatalytic inactivation of viruses using titanium dioxide nanoparticles and low-pressure UV light. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A 43(11):1261-1270. DOI: 10.1080/10934520802177813. (link )
Gerrity, D., H. Ryu, J. Crittenden and M. Abbaszadegan. 2008. UV inactivation of Adenovirus Type 4 measured by integrated cell culture qPCR. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A 43(14):1628-1638. DOI: 10.1080/10934520802329919. (link )
Mayer, B. K., H. Ryu and M. Abbaszadegan. 2008. Treatability of U.S. EPA Contaminant Candidate List viruses: removal of coxsackievirus and echovirus using enhanced coagulation. Environmental Science & Technology 42(18):6890-6896. DOI: 10.1021/es801481s. (link )
Ryu, H. and M. Abbaszadegan. 2008. Long-term study of Cryptosporidium and Giardia occurrence and quantitative microbial risk assessment in surface waters of Arizona in the USA. Journal of Water and Health 6(2):263-273. DOI: 10.2166/wh.2008.030. (link )
Ryu, H., D. Gerrity, J. C. Crittenden and M. Abbaszadegan. 2008. Photocatalytic inactivation of Cryptospordium parvum with TiO2 and low-pressure ultraviolet. Water Research 42(6-7):1523-1530. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2007.10.037. (link )
Abbaszadegan, M., B. K. Mayer, H. Ryu and N. Nwachuku. 2007. Efficacy of removal of CCL viruses under enhanced coagulation conditions. Environmental Science & Technology 41(3):971-977. DOI: 10.1021/es061517z. (link )
Ryu, H., A. Alum, K. D. Mena and M. Abbaszadegan. 2007. Assessment of the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and Giardia in non-potable reclaimed water. Water Science & Technology 55(1-2):283-290. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2007.047. (link )
Straub, T. M., K. Honer zu Bentrup, P. Orocz Coghlan, A. Dohnalkova, B. K. Mayer, R. A. Bartholomew, C. O. Valdez, C. J. Bruckner-Lea, C. P. Gerba, M. Abbaszadegan and C. A. Nickerson. 2007. In vitro cell culture infectivity assay for human noroviruses. Emerging Infectious Diseases 13(3): 396. DOI: 10.3201/eid1303.060549. (link )
Abbaszadegan, M., M. LeChavallier and C. Gerba. 2003. Occurrence of viruses in US ground waters. Journal of the American Water Works Association 95(9):107-120. (link )
Drees, K. P., M. Abbaszadegan and R. M. Maier. 2003. Comparative electrochemical inactivation of bacteria and bacteriophage. Water Research 37(10):2291-2300.
Abbaszadegan, M., M. N. Hasan, C. P. Gerba, P. F. Roessler, B. R. Wilson, R. Kuennen and E. Van Dellen. 1997. The disinfection efficacy of a point-of-use water treatment system against bacterial, viral and protozoan waterborne pathogens. Water Research 41(3):574-582.
Enriquez, C. E., M. Abbaszadegan, I. L. Pepper, K. J. Richardson and C. P. Gerber. 1993. Poliovirus detection in water by cell culture and nucleic acid hybridization. Water Research 27(7):1113-1118.
Abbaszadegan, M. and A. Alum. 2016. Waterborne enteric viruses: Diversity, distribution, and detection. In: Yates, M. V., C. H. Nakatsu, R. V. Miller and S. D. Pillai eds., Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press. Washington, DC. ISBN: 978-1555816025.
Alum, A., E. N. Villegas, S. P. Keely, K. R. Bright, L. Y. Sifuentes and M. Abbaszadegan. 2016. Detection of protozoa in surface and finished waters. In: Yates, M. V., C. H. Nakatsu, R. V. Miller and S. D. Pillai eds., Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Fourth Edition. ASM Press. Washington, DC. ISBN: 978-1555816025.
Abbaszadegan, M. and A. B. Margolin. 2007. Control of microorganisms in source water and drinking water. Pp. 325-333 In: Hurst, C. J., R. L. Crawford, J. L. Garland, D. A. Lipson, A. L. Mills and L. D. Stetzenbach eds., Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Third Edition. ASM Press. Washington, DC. ISBN: 9781555813796.
Abbaszadegan, M. 2006. Rotaviruses. In: American Water Works Associate, ed., Waterborne Pathogens: Manual of Water Supply Practices. American Water Works Association. ISBN: 978-1583214039.
Abbaszadegan, M. and A. Alum. 2004. Chapter 2. Microbiological contaminants and threats of concern. Pp. 2.1-2.13 In: Mays, L. W. ed., Water Supply Systems Security. McGraw-Hill. New York, NY. ISBN: 978-0071425315.
Abbaszadegan, M. 2003. Viruses in drinking water and groundwater. In: Britton, G. ed., Encyclopedia of Environmental Microbiology. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. New York, NY. ISBN: 9780471354505.
LeChevallier, M. W., M. Abbaszadegan and G. D. Di Giovanni. 2000. Detection of infectious Cryptosporidium parvusm oocysts in environmental water samples using an integrated cell culture-PCR (CC-PCR) system. Pp. 53-65 In: Belkin, S. and S. Gabbay eds., Environmental Challenges. Kluwer Academic Publishers. Dordrecht, The Netherlands.