- Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2008
- M.S., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2004
- B.S., University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, 2001
Research Interests: ^top
The Wigginton research group examines the source and fate of emerging contaminants in aqueous systems. Part of our focus is on human pathogenic viruses; in particular, we 1) seek improved virus detection methods, 2) aim to better understand the types and concentrations of human pathogenic viruses that exist in our daily environment, and 3) utilize a range of biomolecular and analytical chemistry tools to link virus particle characteristics to observed behaviors in natural and engineered environments. Our group also studies how drinking water and wastewater treatment processes can be modified to remove emerging chemical and biological contaminants.
- American Chemical Society (ACS)
- American Water Works Association (AWWA)
- Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
- American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
- NSF CAREER Award, 2014-2018
- NSF BRIGE Award 2012
- American Water Works Association Dissertation Award, 2010
- NSF International Research Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2011
- ACS C. Ellen Gonter Environmental Chemistry Award, 2008
- NSF Graduate Fellowship, 2003
- Chang, P. H., Juhrend, B., Olson, T. M., Marrs, C. F., & Wigginton, K. R. (2017). Degradation of extracellular antibiotic resistance genes with UV254 treatment. Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 51, pp. 6185–6192.
- Ye, Y., Ellenberg, M., Graham, K, Wigginton K. (2016) “Survivability, partitioning, and recovery of enveloped viruses in untreated municipal wastewater.” Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 50, pp. 5077-5085.
- Qiao, Z., and Wigginton, K. (2016) “Direct and Indirect Photochemical Reactions in Viral RNA Measured with RT-qPCR and Mass Spectrometry.” Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 50, pp. 13371-13379.
- Wigginton, K.R., Pecson, B.M., Sigstam, T., Bosshard, F., Kohn, T. (2012) “Virus inactivation mechanisms: impact of disinfectants on virus function and structural integrity,” Environmental Science & Technology, Vol. 46, pp. 12069-12078.