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Kristen P. Brenner

Title: Microbiologist

EPA Division: Microbiological and Chemical Exposure Assessment Research Division

EPA Branch: Microbial Exposure Research Branch

Narrative:
Kris’ interests and research have been centered on health-related microbiology of environmental samples, including various types of water, wastewater, sand, and microbial and viral aerosols. She has been involved in (1) the development, evaluation, and validation of new microbial methods, e.g., EPA Method 1604 which led to 4 U. S. patents; (2) beach studies examining the parameters affecting recreational water monitoring (EMPACT Study) and the relationship between swimmer health and the USEPA Method 1600 Enterococcus concentrations and the qPCR Method signals in recreational water (NEEAR Beach Study); and (3) the persistence and die-off of various bacteria, parasites, phages, viruses and DNA signals through the activated sludge wastewater treatment process and in holding studies of ambient water, wastewater effluents, and simulated recreational water samples (i.e., when effluent is added to ambient water). As part of her research, she has served as project officer, work assignment manager, task order manager, and technical consultant under Agency contracts. In addition, Kris has been a drinking water laboratory certification officer and training instructor for EPA for >20 years and has provided quality assurance information, technical assistance, and training for the Regions, states, Pan American Health Organization, and universities.

Education/Training:

  • Ph.D. Environmental Science , University of Cincinnati, 1995
  • M.S. Environmental Science, University of Cincinnati, 1981
  • B.S. Zoology, University of Cincinnati, 1964

Professional Experience:

  • Environmental Microbiologist, USEPA, ORD, NERL-MCEARD, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1981-present.
  • Research and Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Cincinnati, 1977-1980.
  • Biological Laboratory Laboratory Technician, Milk and Food Microbiology Department, U. S. Public Health Service, Cincinnati, OH, 1964-1968.

Professional Societies and Affiliations:

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Sigma Xi-The Scientific Research Society
  • USEPA Beaches Coordinators Group
  • USEPA Drinking Water Laboratory Certification Manual Workgroup (Microbiology)

Select Awards and Honors:

  • USEPA NERL Special Recognition Award, 2010
  • USEPA STAA Award, Level III, 2010
  • USEPA ORD Honor Award, 2009
  • USEPA STAA Award, Level I, 2006
  • USEPA ORD Teamwork Award, 2003
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Technology Transfer, 2001
  • USEPA Bronze Medal, 2000
  • USEPA Invention Awards, 1992, 2000, 2003, and 2008

Select Presentations:

  • Brenner, K. P. 2010. Degradation of the qPCR Signal in Water and Wastewater Environments. USEPA Workshop on Molecular Methods for Characterizing and Measuring Recreational Water Quality, Chapel Hill, NC, October 24, 2010.
  • Brenner, K. P. 2009. Rapid Health-Based Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR) Method for the Detection of Enterococci in Recreational Water. Region 6 Quality Assurance Conference, Dallas, TX, October 20, 2009.
  • Brenner, K. P. 2007. Water Microbiological Methods: Membrane Filter Technique. Combined USEPA and University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Training Course, Sampling and Testing for Indicator Organisms (Total Coliforms/E. coli/Enterococci) in Fresh and Sea Waters, Mayagüez, PR, January 9-12, 2007.
  • Brenner, K. P. 2007. Collection of Water Samples. Combined USEPA and University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez Training Course, Sampling and Testing for Indicator Organisms (Total Coliforms/E. coli/Enterococci) in Fresh and Sea Waters, Mayagüez, PR, January 9-12, 2007.
  • Brenner, K. P. 2005. The EMPACT Beaches Project – A Study of the Parameters That Affect Microbial Monitoring of Recreational Water. Sustainable Beaches Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, November 1, 2005.
  • Brenner, K. P. 2004. EPA’s National Beaches Study, Huntington Beach, 2003. Ohio Environmental Health Association’s 2004 Annual Education Conference, Columbus, OH, April 20, 2004.

Published & Presented Research (1999-Present)

Contact Info:

Kristen P. Brenner
Microbiological and Chemical Exposure Assessment Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Office of Research and Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
26 W. Martin Luther King Drive – ML 314
Cincinnati, Ohio 45268-1314
Telephone: 513-569-7317
Email: brenner.kristen@epa.gov

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