How often are children and teenagers in the US misdiagnosed and/or overmedicated? What are the immediate and long-term effects on an individual, family, public health, and socioeconomics? We are interested in the diagnosis and treatment frequencies of ADHD and antibiotics. As our preliminary analysis highlights socioeconomic and geographical patterns, our goal is to identify principal components influencing public health trends among toddlers, pre-teens and adolescents in US.

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Flannery McLamb

Collaborator: Kesten Bozinovic

COVID-19 Detection in Wastewater

The SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic has accelerated the scientific importance of early, specific, and cost-effective detection of the virus in wastewater streams. Wastewater screening allows for early viral detection, possibly before infected individuals are symptomatic and infectious. Early identification of waste-stream pathogens may reduce community disease spread by acting as an early warning system.

We are analyzing the municipal wastewater for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 by purifying and quantifying viral RNA. This data will help better understand the relationship between community surveillance and controlling the disease outbreak and spread. Our research team is optimizing methodology that could increase the specificity, sensitivity, and efficiency of pathogen variants detection in a municipal wastewater system.

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Miguel Vasquez

Ken Hirata


Richard Gersberg

Richard Gersberg, Ph.D., San Diego State University