Ayse Ercumen

Dr. Ayse Ercumen is an epidemiologist in NC State’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources. Her research focuses on potable and recreational water quality, the spread of diarrhea and soil-transmitted infections in low income regions, health impact assessments for WaSH projects, waterborne infections, and pathogen transmission risk through piped systems. Dr. Ercumen has led a variety of research projects using large-scale health impact assessments, cohort studies, and randomized controlled trials.

Degrees: B.S. in Environmental Engineering from MIT, MS in Environmental Engineering from UC Berkeley, and an MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from UC Berkeley.
Interesting Fact: Her research combines tools from multiple disciplines to study environmental transmission of infectious disease and evaluate interventions to improve child health.

Contact: aercume@ncsu.edu | Website

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About Ercumen Research Group

The Ercumen Research Group is focused on environmental and zoonotic transmission of infectious diseases, drinking and recreational water quality, and drivers of antimicrobial resistance, domestically and in low-income countries. We conduct health impact evaluations to understand the effectiveness of water, sanitation and hygiene interventions in interrupting environmental disease transmission and improving child health. We also explore innovative approaches to enhance the effectiveness of conventional WaSH programs.