Dr. Noble’s research program is balanced between applied environmental microbiology research and the study of marine microbial food webs.

In applied settings, she conducts research to advance molecular methods for application to water resources (stormwater, wastewater, drinking water and recreational waters) with the specific aim of working with stakeholders to manage and reduce fecal contamination and the risk of adverse health outcomes to people.

  • Revolutionizing the development of molecular quantification approaches for pathogenic Vibrios
  • Sequence analyses of Vibrio as a “player” in the microbial ecology of estuaries, roles of storms and resuspension
  • An assessment of viral pathogen dispersion at the James River Outfall, Virginia
  • Development of new rapid molecular techniques for application to drinking water, aquaculture, and stormwater
  • Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment for coastal systems on both coasts
  • Development of new methods for drinking water, and produce wash, utilizing rapid molecular methods
  • Development of new diagnostic tools for Vibrio sp. quantification in shellfish, water and other foods
  • Incorporating microbial source tracking and viral pathogen measures for Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment approaches using digital droplet PCR
  • Assessment of the relationships between coliphage and viral pathogens such as norovirus and adenovirus in complex wastewater discharge settings
  • Research to understand the risk of oyster consumption in oysters that are grown recreationally, under the docks of homeowners

If interested in any of the previous projects listed, please contact Dr. Noble, as she is actively searching for qualified students interested in pursuing graduate education at UNC Chapel Hill