Betty H. Olson

Professor, Environmental Health, Science, and Policy
School of Social Ecology

Professor, Community & Environmental Medicine
School of Medicine

PH.D., University of California, Berkeley

Phone: (949) 824-7174, 5281
Fax: (949) 824-2056

University of California, Irvine
226B SE
Mail Code: 5150
Irvine, CA 92697

My research interests focus on public health aspects of waters and wastewaters. My laboratory has published a number of papers on microorganisms of public health importance as well as the development of novel techniques to detect them in different environmental media. My primary focus over the last several years has been concerned with bacteriological quality of drinking and environmental water. Understanding how information on the genetic make-up of organisms can be used to enhance degradation of organic compounds, transformation of inorganic compounds or to improve efficiencies in wastewater teatment is being investigated currently as well as the detection of emerging pathogens associated with water and food.
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Publications Dwight, R. Semenza, J.C. Baker, D.B. and Olson, B.H. In Press. Estimating the Economic Burden from Illness associated with Recreational Water Pollution-a case study in Orange County California. J Environmental Management.
  Chern, E.C., Tsai, Y.L. and Olson, B.H. 2004. Occurrence of Enterotoxigenic and Enterohemorrhagic genes associated with Escherichia coli in Agricultural Waste Lagoons. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 70 (1): 356-362.
  Dwight, R. H., Baker, D. and B.H. Olson. 2004 Health Effects Associated with Recreational Coastal Water Use in Urban vs. Rural California. J. Amer. Public Health Assoc. 94: 565 – 567

Shields, J. and Olson, 2003. Cyclospora cayentanensis: a review of an emerging parasitic coccidian. International Journal for Parasitology 33: 371-391.

Khatib, L.A., Y.L. Tsai and B.H. Olson. 2003. A Biomarker for the Identification of Swine Fecal Pollution in Water Using the STII Toxin Gene from Enterotoxigenic E. coli. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol.
63 (2): 231-238

Tsai, Y.L. J.Y. Le and B.H. 2003. Olson Detection of Enterotoxigenic E. coli strains associated with Cattle in Environmental Water Sources using Magnetic Capture Hybridization and Polymerase Chain Reaction. Canadian J. Microbiol. 49: 391-398.

J. Shields and B.H. Olson. 2003. New PCR and RFLP Method for the Detection of C. cayetanensis in Environmental Waters without Microscopic Confirmation. Appl. and Environ. Microbiol. 69(8): 4662-4669.
  Fields, K., E.C. Chern, L.K. Dick, J. Fuhrman, J. Griffith, P.A. Holden, M.G. LaMontagne, B. Olson and M.T. Simonich. 2003. A comparative study of culture-independent, library-independent genotypic methods of fecal source tracking. Journal of Water and Health. 1(4):181-194.
  Dwight, R. H., Baker, D. and B.H. Olson 2002. Association of Urban Runoff with Coastal Water Quality in Orange County, California. Water Environ. Res. 74, 82-90.
  Tebbe, C.C., O.A. Ogunseitan, P.A. Rochelle, Y.-L. Tsai and B.H. Olson. 1992. Varied Responses in Gene Expression of Culturable Heterotrophic Bacteria Isolated from the Environment. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 37:818-824.
  Olson, B.H. 1991. Tracking and Using Genes in the Environment. Environmental Science and Technology. V. 25(4), p. 604-611.
  Tsai, Y.L., and Olson, B.H. 1991. Rapid Method for Direct Extraction of DNA from Soil and Sediments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. V. 57(4), p. 1070-1074.
  Stewart, M.C. and B.H. Olson. 1992. Physiological Studies of Chloramine Resistance Developed by Klebsiella pneumoniae under Low-Nutrient Growth Conditions. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 58:2918-2927.
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Last updated 02/10/2005