Christine Moe, PhD
Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation
Hubert Department of Global Health & Center for Global Safe Water
Dr. Moe is the Eugene J. Gangarosa Professor of Safe Water and Sanitation in the Rollins School of Public Health and the Director of the Center for Global Safe Water at Emory University. She holds a primary appointment in the Hubert Department of Global Health and joint appointments in the Departments of Environmental Health and Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and her MS and Ph.D. from the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Dr. Moe’s research focuses primarily on the environmental transmission of infectious agents, in particular, foodborne and waterborne disease. Working in the laboratory and in the field, Dr. Moe’s work addresses sanitation and health issues in the United States and around the world. Her field research in Ghana, Rwanda, the Philippines, El Salvador, Bolivia and Kenya, includes studies of dry sanitation systems, fecal contamination in low-income urban environments, water quality in distribution systems, and environmental contamination of vegetable crops. Her laboratory research program focuses on norovirus studies of dose response, determinants of host susceptibility and resistance, 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.
Dr. Moe leads a team of faculty, post-graduates and students and is the catalyst for a flourishing interest in safe water and sanitation at Rollins. In 2006, her team received the Development Marketplace Award from the World Bank for their project on sanitation demand in Bolivia. Dr. Moe received the Food Safety Leadership Award in Research Advancement from NSF International in 2008.
Dr. Moe currently serves on the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board and chairs a National Research Council Committee to advise USAID on Grand Challenges in International Development. 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 Drinking Water Committee of the Science Advisory Board and the Research Advisory Council for the American Water Works Research Foundation.