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G. Shay Fout

Title: Research Microbiologist

EPA Division: Microbiological and Chemical Exposure Assessment Research Division

EPA Branch: Biohazard Assessment Research Branch

Narrative:
Fout’s research has aimed at improving the detection and measurement of human enteric viruses in water matrices, measuring virus occurrence in source, drinking, and recreational waters, and in the development of methods and measurement of exposure to waterborne viruses using biomarkers of exposure. More recently, he has led the Agency to include virus monitoring in its most recent Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule and published a new EPA method for use during the monitoring period between 2013 and 2015. He has also recently been active in work on the fate and transport of viruses and indicators.

Education/Training:

  • Ph.D. Microbiology and Biochemistry, Purdue University, 1980
  • M.S. Microbiology and Biochemistry, Idaho State University, 1977
  • B.S. Premedical Sciences, Boise College, 1968

Professional Experience:

  • Research Microbiologist, USEPA, ORD, NERL-MCERD, Cincinnati, OH 1989-present
  • Microbiologist, US FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Washington DC 1987-1989
  • Staff Fellow, US FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Cincinnati, OH, 1984-1987
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 1981-1984

Professional Societies and Affiliations:

  • Sigma Xi-The Scientific Research Society
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society for Virology
  • Commissioned Officer's Association
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • Reserved Officers Association

Select Awards and Honors:

  • USEPA OW Achievement in Science and Technology, 2012
  • USEPA STAA Award, Level III, 2011
  • NERL Special Recognition Award, 2011
  • USEPA STAA Award, Honorable Mention, 2008
  • USEPA Bronze Medal, 2007
  • USEPA Award for Excellence, 2007
  • PHS Outstanding Unit Citation, 2007
  • PHS Crisis Response Service Award, 2006
  • USEPA Bronze Medal, 2005
  • PHS Citation, 2005
  • USEPA Bronze Medal, 2004
  • USEPA STAA Award, Level III, 2003

Select Presentations:

  • Fout, G.S. and J.L. Cashdollar. 2011 Evaluation of Method 1615 with poliovirus and murine norovirus using environmental water samples. Water Quality Technology Conference, Phoenix, AZ; presented by G.S. Fout and J.L. Cashdollar
  • Borchardt, M., S. Spencer, B. Kieke, E. Lambertini and F. Loge. 2011. Wisconsin Water And Health Trial for Enteric Risks (WAHTER Study): Estimating Illness Risk from Drinking Non-Disinfected Municipal Groundwater. Workshop on Small Drinking Water Systems, Cincinnati, OH; presented by G.S. Fout for M. Borchardt
  • Fout, G.S. and J.L. Cashdollar. 2011. Evaluation of Method 1615 with poliovirus and murine norovirus using environmental water samples. Laboratory Technical Information Group Conference, Baltimore, MD; presented by G.S. Fout and J.L. Cashdollar
  • Fout, G.S. 2011. Developing methods for surveillance of norovirus and other pathogens in water. 9th CECIA-IAUPR Biennial Symposium on Potable Water Issues in Puerto Rico: Science, Technology and Regulation, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Fout, G.S., and S.M. Griffin. 2010. Microbial exposure science. International Society of Exposure Science/International Society of Environmental Epidemiology annual meeting, Seoul, Korea
  • Fout, G.S. 2010. Enteric virus and indicator occurrence in groundwater sources of public drinking water. International Society of Exposure Science/International Society of Environmental Epidemiology annual meeting, Seoul, Korea
  • Fout, G.S. 2010. Environmental occurrence and exposure. Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
  • Fout, G.S., M. Karim, and M. Borchardt. 2009. Enteric virus and indicator occurrence in ground water sources of public drinking water. 8th CECIA-IAU Biennial Symposium on Potable Water Issues in Puerto Rico: Science, Technology and Regulation, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Egorov, A., T. Wade, G.S. Fout. 2009. Salivary antibody as a novel indicator of incident waterborne infections. Human Health BOSC review, RTP, NC; poster presentation by all three authors
  • Fout, G.S., N.E. Brinkman, M.R. Karim, E.R. Rhodes, A. Egorov, and S.M. Hunt. 2008. Methods for measuring occurrence and exposure from viruses in drinking and recreational waters. Future Development Direction for Safe Drinking Water Management, Incheon, Korea
  • Fout, G.S. 2008. Viruses in US ground water: hydrogeological and methodological data gaps. EPA Symposium on Groundwater-Borne Infectious Disease, Etiologic Agents and Indicators. Washington, D.C.
  • Fout, G.S. 2007. Laboratory analyses: water and environmental samples. Workshop for improving the recognition, investigation, and reporting of waterborne disease outbreaks associated with drinking, recreational and other waters, Nashville, TN
  • Egorov, E., T. Wade, M. Rothermich, A. Dufour, G.S. Fout, L. Li, K. Reilly, M. McClelland, and S. Shaw 2006. Salivary antibody responses as an indicator of waterborne infections: pilot community study before and after installation of UV treatment. Board of Health, Lawrence, MA; presented by E. Egorov and G.S. Fout

Published & Presented Research (1999-Present)

Contact Info:

G. Shay Fout
Microbiological and Chemical Exposure Assessment Research Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Office of Research and Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
27 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45268

Telephone: 513-569-7387
Email: fout.shay@epa.gov

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