Ameet Pinto Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering firstname.lastname@example.org 617.373.5241 @watermicrobe Expertise 'omics analyses, drinking water treatment and distribution, Microbial ecology and physiology, molecular microbiology, public health microbiology, wastewater treatment Ameet Pinto in the Press Mass Live Somerville enters Phase 3 of COVID-19 reopening, last remaining Massachusetts community to do so To further prevent a surge of cases in the city, Curtatone launched a community wastewater testing program last week, in partnership with a Northeastern University professor, to monitor for the virus. WHDH 7 News Somerville launching community wastewater testing program to monitor for coronavirus Mayor Joe Curtatone announced Thursday that the city is partnering with Northeastern University Asst. Professor Ameet Pinto of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Stantec for the program that is designed to reveal COVID-19 hotspots up to one to two weeks earlier than current individual testing. Somerville, Northeastern Partner To Look For Coronavirus In City Sewage The initiative is a partnership between the city, the engineering firm Stantec, and a research team at Northeastern University led by Ameet Pinto, an environmental engineer and microbiologist. Ameet Pinto for Northeastern Global News Are there COVID-19 cases in your community? The answer may be in your sewer. Are there COVID-19 cases in your community? The answer may be in your sewer. Researchers from Northeastern are now using wastewater to determine whether COVID-19 cases are present in a population. Scientists still don’t have all the answers about the coronavirus–and that’s a sign of progress Scientists still don’t have all the answers about the coronavirus–and that’s a sign of progress As researchers study SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, one thing to keep in mind is that the research is happening while everyone watches. Our drinking water was always full of microbes. Are the wrong ones thriving in the pandemic? Our drinking water was always full of microbes. Are the wrong ones thriving in the pandemic? Researchers are trying to determine how COVID lifestyle changes might be helping harmful bacteria grow in our drinking water. You love that dirty water. But how dirty is it really? You love that dirty water. But how dirty is it really? In 1965, the water in the Charles River was so dirty that The Standells wrote a song about it. Now it could soon have a public swimming site.