Lead researcher at U of S COVID-19 wastewater research team says future of study uncertain – CBC

Prof. John Giesy set to retire soon, university says program will continue

Jul 21, 2022

The head of the University of Saskatchewan’s wastewater research says he’s not sure what’s going to happen when he retires in September.

Since the summer of 2020, a small group of professors and researchers at the university’s Global Water Futures program has received wastewater samples from Saskatoon, North Battleford and Prince Albert, and analyzed them for traces of COVID-19. The results are then used to predict whether cases of COVID-19 are expected to rise or fall in the future.

The researchers can also look for specific COVID-19 variants, including the current B.A.5 Omicron strain.

John Giesy, a toxicology professor and the team’s lead researcher, is officially retiring in less than two months and a replacement has not been named.

Giesy is an internationally recognized researcher and former Canada Research Chair, with awards and publications from universities around the globe, and is seen as the top expert in his field in Canada.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/lead-researcher-u-of-s-covid-19-wastewater-future-uncertain-1.6526681

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