Amy Pruden

Amy Pruden

Virginia Tech | USA

Amy Pruden is the W. Thomas Rice Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on bringing a microbial ecological perspective to understanding and advancing design and management of drinking water, recycled water, and wastewater systems.
Pruden serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Environmental Science & Technology and has published more than 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, with particular emphasis on antibiotic resistance and opportunistic pathogens. She is currently the principal investigator on a U.S. Centers for Disease Control-funded contract to investigate the fate of antibiotic resistant pathogens and antibiotic resistance markers in recycled water systems as well as Co-PI an NSF Partnership for International Research and Education grant investigating the how different socioeconomic, water sanitation, hygiene, water treatments and other factors influence the metagenomic profiles of various antibiotic resistance genes in wastewater treatment plants. Pruden currently serves on the National Academies Committee on the Management of Legionella in Water Systems. She received her PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Cincinnati.