Timothy E. Ford

University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Environmental Health Sciences Chair Timothy Ford
Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and Director of the Institute for Global Health
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B.S., University of Sussex (UK), 1980; Ph.D. University of Wales, Bangor 1984; Postdoc, Harvard University, 1985-87

Area(s) of Specialization: 

water, biofilms, pathogens, CBPR, microbial ecotoxicology

Research Description: 

My research interests have included source and drinking water microbiology, microbial cycling and transformation of pollutants, global environmental health, epidemiology of waterborne diseases, and community based participatory research methods for community engagement. I have both directed and participated in water quality related projects in the US, Canada, the UK, Honduras, Mexico, India, Russia, the Philippines and China. I served as the PI of the NIH-funded Montana IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), a statewide program designed to build research and training in infectious disease and environmental health. At UMass Amherst, I intend to renew the relationships built through the INBRE program and work towards a consortium for environmental health equity. I am also in the process of expanding my research interests to include health inequities in Latin American and the Caribbean, through my role as co-chair of the PAHO Foundation technical advisory group.

Publication List: 

PubMed Search Link

Key Publications: 

Richards CL, Broadaway SC, Eggers MJ, Colgate E, Doyle J, Pyle BH, Camper AK, Ford TE. Detection of pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria in drinking water and associated biofilms on the Crow Reservation, Montana, USA. Microbial Ecology 2015. dOI: 10.1007/s00248-015-0595-6. PMID: 25796498.

Hamner S, McInnerney K, Williamson K, Franklin MJ, Ford TE. Bile salts affect expression of Escherichia coli O157:H7 genes for virulence and iron acquisition, and promote growth under iron limiting conditions. PLoS One. 2013;8(9):e74647. PMCID: PMC3769235.

Lachmayr KL, Kerkhof LJ, Dirienzo AG, Cavanaugh CM, Ford TE. Quantifying nonspecific TEM beta-lactamase (blaTEM) genes in a wastewater stream. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2009 Jan;75(1):203-11. PMCID: PMC2612200.

Hamner S, Broadaway SC, Mishra VB, Tripathi A, Mishra RK, Pulcini E, Pyle BH, Ford TE. Isolation of potentially pathogenic Escherichia coli O157:H7 from the Ganges River. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2007 Apr;73(7):2369-72. PMCID: PMC1855664.

Egorov AI, Naumova EN, Tereschenko AA, Kislitsin VA, Ford TE. Daily variations in effluent water turbidity and diarrhoeal illness in a Russian city. Int J Environ Health Res. 2003 Mar;13(1):81-94. PMID: 12745350.