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About Dr. Pruden

Dr. Pruden’s research seeks to advance water engineering and agricultural practices through deeper understanding of the microbial communities inhabiting these systems.  Her team applies a combination of next-generation DNA sequencing and bioinformatic tools to track targets of interest, including opportunistic pathogens, antibiotic resistance genes, and various functional groups of bacteria.

I joined Virginia Tech in 2008 and am currently a professor in the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining VT, I was a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. I have taught several courses related to this topic, most applicable to this course being “Environmental Biotechnology” and “Molecular Biology for Engineers.” At the University of Cincinnati, I earned my B.S. degree from the Department of Biological Sciences in 1997 and my Ph.D. from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2002. This interdisciplinary training makes Environmental Engineering Microbiology a natural fit for me. My research interests are broad and interdisciplinary, including: antibiotic resistance genes as environmental contaminants; bioremediation of environmental pollution; environmental impacts of nanotechnology; and microbial ecology of drinking water systems.

Dr. Amy Pruden

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Prof. Dr. Amy Pruden
403 Durham Hall
Blacksburg, VA, USA 24061
Mail Code: (0246)

E-mail: apruden(at)
Tel.: (540) 231-3980