Chuck Gerba is a professor in the Departments Environmental Science (College of Life Sciences and Agriculture), Epidemiology and Biostatistics (College of Public Health) at the University of Arizona. He obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Miami, Florida and was a faculty member in the Department. of Virology and Epidemiology at Baylor College of Medicine from 1974 to 1981. He conducts research the transmission of pathogens by water, food and in health care environments. He has been an author on more than 500 articles including several books in environmental microbiology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the 1999 Award of Excellence in Environmental Health from National Association of County and City Health Officials.