As well as understanding the impact of antibiotic pollution, the cross-University project aims to design effective measures for monitoring antibiotic levels and removing them from waste if they are present.
The project will also fund three post-doctoral research assistants, and two UWS-sponsored PhD students to join the research team UWS.
Professor Henriquez added: “Following the major worldwide challenges of Covid-19, this research is extremely important in enabling us to understand more about the impact on, and behaviours of, microbes in the environment, and the actions we can take to prevent potential widespread dangers to public health. We look forward to working with our research partners in the UK and India on this important study.”
The interdisciplinary project will bring together experts on sensor technologies, water treatment and remediation from IITB, with experts on environmental microbiology and meta-omics (the study of drug-microbiome interactions) (Professor Henriquez), geochemistry and waste management (Professor Andrew Hursthouse) from UWS. It will also involve experts in policy and industrial regulatory processes (Professor John Connolly) from the University, to help shape and refine policy and improve regulatory control in pharmaceutical waste management.
“UWS is delighted to announce its involvement in this new, pioneering study that will explore an extremely important worldwide issue and which can have a significant impact on global public health. It is fantastic that UWS’s internationally renowned research capabilities will play a key role in this study and we look forward to working with leaders in this field from both the UK and India, to not only make a real, positive impact on our natural environment, but on public health around the world.”
Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of UWS