Contact Us

Microbiological and Chemical Exposure Assessment Staff


Jennifer L. Cashdollar

Title: Microbiologist

EPA Division: Microbial and Chemical Assessment Research Division

EPA Branch: Biohazard Assessment Research Branch

Narrative:
My research focus is on the development of methods to detect viral pathogens in drinking water including examination of tissue culture methods to improve the detection of culturable waterborne enteric viruses; to standardize methods for detecting viruses in water including sample collection, filtration, concentration, and analysis by cell culture and molecular methods; to evaluate new methods for viral inactivation; to evaluate new viability assays for enteric viruses beyond traditional cell culture techniques; to examine the host cell’s molecular response to viral infection in order to improve the culture of slow-growing or non-culturable viruses.

Education/Training:

  • M.S., Biology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio 2006
  • B.S., Microbiology, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana 1997.

Professional Experience:

  • 2001-present, Microbiologist, Biohazard Assessment Research Branch, U.S. EPA, Cincinnati, OH
  • 1998-2001, Post-Graduate Research Fellow, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, U.S. EPA, Cincinnati, OH
  • 1997-1998, Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellow, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA and Florida Department of Health, Tampa, FL
  • 1996-1997, Laboratory Technician and Intern, Hoosier Microbiological Laboratory, Muncie, IN

Professional Societies and Affiliations:

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Water Works Association
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
  • Toastmasters International

Select Awards and Honors:

  • 2011 ORD Bronze Medal for Commendable Service-EPA Method 1615 Development Team
  • 2008 Federal Service Excellence Award-Team Award
  • 2007 NERL Special Achievement Award-Goal 2-Teamwork Award
  • 2007 NERL Special Achievement Award-Meritorious Research Support Award
  • Scientific Reviewer, American Water Works Association Research Foundation Project Advisory Committee, 2004-present
  • Scientific Reviewer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Special Emphasis Panel, June 2004

Select Presentations:

  • Cashdollar, J.L. and G.S. Fout. 2011. Evaluation of method 1615 with poliovirus and murine norovirus using environmental water samples. Water Quality and Technology Conference. Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Cashdollar, J.L. and G.S. Fout. 2011. Evaluation of method 1615 with poliovirus and murine norovirus using environmental water samples. Laboratory Technical Information Group (LTIG) Annual Meeting, U.S. EPA, Fredricksburg, MD.
  • Cashdollar, J.L. 2009. Water sample filtration methods using VIRADEL procedures. Water Quality Technology Conference, Workshop on Current Methods for Recovering Viruses from Water Samples, Seattle, Washington.
  • Cashdollar, J.L. 2006. Re-use of electropositive cartridge filters for concentrating viruses from water. Large Volume Sample Preparation for Waterborne Pathogens Workshop, U.S. EPA, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Cashdollar, J.L., G.S. Fout, D.R. Dahling, and S.U. Parshionikar. 2005. A collaborative effort to identify the causative agents of two waterborne outbreaks of gastroenteritis in Wyoming. Poster presentation at the U.S. EPA Science Forum, Washington, D.C.

Published & Presented Research (1999-Present)

Jump to main content.