We Care About Water and Health

Reducing preventable waterborne diseases through applied research

The Water, Health &
Applied Microbiology Lab

The Water, Health and Applied Microbiology (WHAM) Laboratory is housed within the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Public Health at Temple University. The lab is currently led by Dr. Heather Murphy. The lab team consists of research fellows, graduate and undergraduate students interested in the field of water and health. The laboratory primarily focuses on microbiological contamination of water supplies and the subsequent impacts on public health.


Heather Murphy

Principal Investigator/ Director

Dr. Murphy has over fifteen years of experience in water/wastewater treatment, water quality, drinking water distribution, risk assessment and environmental health in both North America and abroad. 

Research Areas

Ground Water Quality


Storm Water Managment

Drinking Water Distribution

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