From Wastewater to Wellness

Advancing Wastewater-Based Surveillance

Our Team

Our research focuses on the application of wastewater-based surveillance as an early warning system for future pandemic preparedness and the implementation of wastewater-based surveillance to improve health equity in Canada and globally. Our research group is also currently interested in advancing the detection and quantification of biological targets of population and public health importance in waters and wastewaters. We have particular interest in developing protocols and best practices to translate water and wastewater derived biological target data into population and public health action. In addition, our group performs research to leverage modern analytical methods to advance our understanding of wastewater technologies and to optimize wastewater treatment technologies to protect natural waters.  

Robert Delatolla

Professor Robert Delatolla is a Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa and CIHR Applied Public Health Chair in Environment, Climate Change and One Health. He is the Director of the national CoVaRR-Net Wastewater Surveillance Research Group, co-Chair of the Ontario Wastewater Surveillance Consortium, Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Environmental Engineering and Graduate Coordinator of the University of Ottawa Environmental Engineering Graduate Program. Professor Delatolla has recently been awarded the 2022-2023 Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Engineering Excellence Medal for his contributions to Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also received the 2022-2023 Covid-19 Public Health Innovation Fund Award awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and the Ontario Medical Association. He was recognized for his research in 2023-2024 with the Faculty of Engineering George S. Glinski Award and was recognized for his commitment and contribution to teaching in 2017-2018 with the University of Ottawa Excellence in Education Prize and in 2016-2017 with the Faculty of Engineering John V. March Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Our research group is proud to embrace equity, diversity and inclusion.

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future. 


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