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About The Noble Lab

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.

In the marine microbial ecology field, her research specifically focuses on viral control of bacterial and algal populations, and the interplay among viruses, bacteria including Bdellovibrio), and phytoplankton in estuarine and coastal marine environments. Current research projects include:

  • Monitoring, Prioritization, and Assessment of Ocean Outfalls of Stormwater in Dare County, North Carolina (State of NC)
  • Resuspension and loading studies of microbial contaminants using advanced technology in the Virginia Beach, VA area
  • 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 decision matrix tools for management of shellfish harvesting areas for pathogenic Vibrio sp.
  • 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

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