Announcements & News

January 2006

Marshall University Forensic Science Program Microbiologist accepts position on national science board

Marshall University Forensic Science Program Associate Professor Pamela J. Staton, Ph.D., has been appointed to the science board of the Environmental Pathogens Information network, a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Facilitation Project that has been awarded support for the next three years.

EPINet created the science board to study how microbial pathogens enter and function in watersheds so the spread of microorganisms and their resulting diseases can be properly managed and prevented. The organization will provide a centralized scientific resource of information for state and local governments and aid in the development of a national research agenda and public policy.

Staton will be among experts on the board from across the country, including representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, state environmental officials, USDA national program staff, USDA-Agriculture Research Service research staff, land grant organizations, universities and consulting firms.

Staton is the primary investigator on a USDA research project to study the Ohio and New rivers in West Virginia. The project seeks to develop DNA-based techniques to track microbial pollution sources, commonly known as Bacterial Source Tracking. She joined the MU Forensic Science Program in 2003 as the university’s first microbiologist to focus on terrorism. She received her Ph.D. from MU in Biomedical Sciences through the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.