Lauren Stadler


Lauren Stadler brings 13 years of leadership experience in civil and environmental engineering and a vision to reimagine wastewater systems as a valuable source of information for the protection of public health. Stadler is an environmental engineer whose research focuses on wastewater-based epidemiology, environmental antibiotic resistance, wastewater treatment and resource recovery, and environmental synthetic biology. 

In May 2020, Stadler began working with the Houston Health Department and Houston Public Works to establish and implement protocols for Houston’s wastewater initiatives to track community COVID-19 infection dynamics. Her laboratory has developed a highly sensitive assay to reliably detect low concentrations of viral load in wastewater. Additionally, Stadler has worked extensively with collaborators to develop and implement methods for the detection of viral variants and antibiotic resistance genes and bacteria in wastewater.

Stadler joined the faculty in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Rice University in 2016 as an assistant professor after completing her doctoral degree in environmental engineering at the University of Michigan. She was named a New Engineer to Watch by the Water Environment Federation, a Gulf Research Program Early Career Fellow by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and a Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Engineering Scholar. The results of her work have been published in over 30 peer-reviewed journal publications and disseminated at numerous conferences and workshops. 


Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI April 2016 Environmental Engineering

M.S.E. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI December 2012 Environmental Engineering

B.S. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA May 2006 Engineering

Teaching Areas

Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice UniversityUpper-level undergraduate and graduate course on the fundamentals of microbiology and microbial ecology and their importance in natural and engineered sys

Water Reuse and Resource Recovery Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice UniversityIntroduction to the analysis, characterization and principles of physical, chemical and biological processes, operations and reactor configurations commonly used for wat

Environmental Chemistry and ProcessPrinciples and significance of measurements used to assess environmental quality; principles of physical, chemical, and biological processes, operations and reactor configurations commonly used for water quality control.

Honors & Awards

2022 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Wastewater Surveillance System Center of Excellence Award

2019 Gulf Research Program Early Career Fellow

2018 Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Engineering Scholar

2016 CH2M/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

2015 Environmental Science & Technology Letters Best Paper Award

2011 -2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

2013-2015 Dow Sustainability Doctoral Fellow

2014-2015 Rackham Predoctoral Fellow

2011 Michigan Water Environment Association John P. Hennessey Scholarship

2010-2015 Rackham Merit Fellow

2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar


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