Chuck Gerba is a professor in the Department Environmental Science, and the Department of Environmental and Community Health at the University of Arizona. He obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Miami, Florida and was a faculty member in the Department of Virology and Epidemiology at Baylor College of Medicine from 1974 to 1981. He conducts research on the transmission of pathogens by water, food and in health care environments. He has been an author on more than 500 peer-reviewed articles and several textbooks in environmental microbiology and risk assessment. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Water Association.
He was lead investigator at the University of Arizona for the Center for Advancing Microbiology Risk Assessment funded by the Department of Homeland Security; an investigator with the CONSERVE Center funded by the USDA; and the National Science Foundation-funded Water Environmental Technology Center.
His current research projects include an assessment of novel disinfection technologies for the control of coronavirus, use of wastewater monitoring to identify and predict number of cases of coronavirus in a hospital or community, and quantitative microbial risk assessment.