Sarah Philo started her PhD in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene at the University of Washington – Seattle in September 2018. Before starting, she received a M.S. in Global Health from Duke University and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation work focuses on environmental microbiology, concentrating in the last year on comparing and optimizing methods to detect SARS-CoV-2 in Seattle-area wastewaters. Moving forward, she will use this knowledge to study antimicrobial resistance in the environment in and around Seattle, Washington and Lisbon, Portugal. After graduating, she hopes to continue in academia as a postdoctoral researcher.


US Student Program – Fulbright / FLAD Open Study/Research Award

Education: PhD in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, University of Washington-Seattle Campus (2023)

Field of Study: Public Health

Project Title: “Surveillance for and Risk Assessment of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes in the Environment”

Host Institution, Location: University of Lisbon, Técnico (IST Técnico Lisboa), Water Microbiology Laboratory, Lisbon

Grant Duration, Starting Date (month): 8 months, starting in October 2021