- Christine L. Moe, Ph.D.
Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water & Sanitation; Hubert Department of Global Health; Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Christine Moe is the Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation and the Director of the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. Her primary appointment is in the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, and she holds joint appointments in the Department of Environmental Health and the Department of Epidemiology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Swarthmore College and her MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC School of Public Health. She was a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Viral Diseases at the CDC, and later returned to UNC-Chapel Hill as an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology. She moved to Emory University in 2000.
Dr. Moe’s research focuses primarily on the environmental transmission of infectious agents – particularly foodborne and waterborne disease. She works on international water, sanitation and health issues and has conducted research in the Philippines, El Salvador, Bolivia, Honduras, Ghana, Rwanda, India, Cambodia, Uganda, and Kenya. Her laboratory research program focuses on noroviruses and includes human challenge studies to examine dose response and determinants of host susceptibility and resistance, studies of viral persistence in the environment, methods to concentrate and detect enteric viruses in water and wastewater and evaluations of the efficacy of disinfectants and handwash agents against noroviruses. Her field research includes studies of dry sanitation systems, assessing determinants of water quality in distribution systems.
Dr. Moe currently serves on the Health and Scientific Advisory Board for the Institute for Public Health and Water Research. She has been a consultant for WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on several projects related to water, sanitation and health. She was also a member of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Research Council, the USEPA Science Advisory Board for Drinking Water and the Research Advisory Council for the American Water Works Research Foundation.
- Joanne A. McGriff, MD, MPHAssociate Director, CGSW Research Assistant Professor Rollins School of Public Health Emory University
Joanne A. McGriff, MD, MPH is Assistant Research Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health at the Rollins School of Public Health and Associate Director of the Center for Global Safe WASH at Emory University. She completed her undergraduate work at Princeton University and earned her MD degree and Masters in Public Health from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (NY). After completing medical school, Dr. McGriff gained expertise in clinical and community-based research by completing a National Research Service Award (NRSA) post-doctoral research fellowship in geriatric psychiatry. While working with a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians in the Laboratory of Personality and Development at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. McGriff gained instruction and experience in research design, data analysis and managing study logistics. Her research centered mostly on the process of outpatient mental health treatment engagement and patient and caregiver attitudes towards depression treatment for older adults.
Early on in her training, she also received an International Medicine Summer Fellowship to conduct medical development work in northern Haiti. A descendent of Haitian parents and fluent in Haitian Creole, this fellowship served as a catalyst to Dr. McGriff’s interest in rural community development and the social and environmental factors in developing countries that impact health. Dr. McGriff went on to complete a masters in public health (MPH) from the University of Rochester Department of Community and Preventive Medicine and has since been active in several community, medical and WASH-related development projects in Haiti. From 2008-2012, Dr. McGriff worked as Executive Director of a non-profit working in rural Haiti. Her work included providing leadership for over 50 clinical and program staff members and management for several US-based programmatic & resource development committees. She was also responsible for overseeing Haitian staff implementing a four-year USAID-PEPFAR grant in HIV prevention in rural Haiti.
Dr. McGriff joined Emory in 2012 and as a research professor and public health practitioner, she is currently working on water, sanitation, and hygiene issues in healthcare facilities globally. Her area of interest includes sustainable water treatment in healthcare facilities, infection control and prevention training, and behavior change among healthcare workers.
- Marisa “Mia” Gallegos, MDPPublic Health Program Associate, Senior
Mia is a Senior program associate for the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. Mia manages a project funded by the GE Foundation that aims to promote, monitor, and evaluate the environments that enable sustained provision as well as use of safe water in healthcare facilities in Ghana and Honduras. Mia received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Forced Migration from Wake Forest University and her Masters in Development Practice (MDP) from Emory University. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mia’s research interests include WASH Conditions and elements for sustainable technological interventions in Healthcare facilities.
- Lindsay Denny, MPH Public Health Program Associate
Lindsay is a program associate for the Center for Global Safe Water, coordinating the GE Foundation-funded Safe Water in Hospitals program. Based in Phnom Penh, she oversees the program in Cambodia and is responsible for the evaluation of water purification systems in hospitals. In addition to monitoring the water quality, the evaluation includes digital survey tools that focus on assessing the status of WASH in the hospitals as well as the sustainability of the purification system. This three-year program also involves training hospital staff on clean water, sanitation and hygienic environment within the hospital. Lindsay received her BS in Physiology & Neuroscience from UC San Diego and her MPH in International Health from Boston University.
- Habib Yakubu, MPHPublic Health Program Associate, Lead
Habib is a Senior Public Health Program Associate currently coordinating the coordinating the GE Foundation-funded Safe Water in Hospitals program in Uganda. His research interests are in water and sanitation in developing countries. Most recently, he has worked in Uganda and Mozambique on developing qualitative and quantitative data collection methods for characterizing microbial drinking water quality and evaluated a Community-Led Total Sanitation program in Ghana. He received his MSPH in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, and his B.Sc in Chemistry in 2001 from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
- Alexandra Huttinger, MPH Public Health Program Associate, Senior
Alexandra is a Senior Public Health Program Associate for the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. She completed her Masters in Public Health at RSPH in Global Environmental Health in 2009, and has been working with the Center since 2007. Alexandra is based in Kigali, Rwanda and manages a program to evaluate advanced water purification systems for improving water quality in healthcare facilities and community adoption of water kiosks at health facilities. The four year program incorporates skills development and knowledge transfer for water quality monitoring, development and delivery of a community-based health education program for safe water practices and business development, support and training for small water enterprises at healthcare facilities.
Alexandra has contributed to studies of water purification in healthcare facilities in Latin America, Asia and Africa, US-based studies of distribution system drinking water quality and health outcomes, and research in Bolivia addressing factors associated with rural improved household water and sanitation.
- Kate Robb, MPH Associate Director of Research Projects
Kate began working at the Center for Global Safe Water in 2011. She currently oversees research on three international studies. Her main responsibilities include study design, development of research tools and protocols, report writing, and supervision of study staff. She also manages fieldwork logistics including budgets, timelines, and collaborative relationships. Kate works on studies in Honduras, Ghana, and Cambodia that range from the assessment of exposure to fecal contamination in urban slums to evaluating the sustainability of safe water access in healthcare facilities. Prior to joining the CGSW, Kate worked on a variety of domestic and international public health projects. She was an Americorps volunteer at a school based health center in Chicago and later a site coordinator for a study on perinatal mental health. During her MPH program, she served as an intern on the CARE Water Team and got involved with the CGSW through a thesis study in rural Ecuador on microbial contamination in stored household drinking water. Kate received her BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in Women’s studies from University of Michigan and her MPH in Global Environmental Health from Emory University Rollins School of Public Health