Marilyn C Roberts

Professor Emeritus, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences

1959 NE Pacific St
Box 357234
DEOHS School of Public Health
Seattle, WA 98195-


Research Interests

Environmental vancomycin resistant enterococci [VRE]. Environmental, clinical and occupational methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA]. Antibiotic & mercury resistance genes in the environment. Bacterial genetics and gene exchange and comparing genomes using whole genome sequencing. Emerging and reemerging diseases. Molecular epidemiology. One Health and how the environment, humans and animals interact and share antibiotic resistant bacteria. Antibiotic resistance genes and diseases with work with birds, cows, primates, orca whales and river otters.

DEOHS Biography


PhD Microbiology, University of Washington, 1978

MS Microbiology, University of Washington, 1977

BS Microbiology, University of Washington, 1973

In the News

Is it safe to rent clothes during the coronavirus pandemic?
HuffPost, 08/26/2020

You can still use laundromats safely during the coronavirus pandemic. Just take a few precautions first.
The Wirecutter, 04/14/2020

Coronavirus crisis creates new tensions between employers and workers
The Seattle Times, 04/04/2020

Here’s how long the coronavirus can live in the air and on packages
MIT Technology Review, 03/11/2020

Fox host Pete Hegseth boasts he doesn't wash hands. Doctors are appalled.
The Daily Beast, 02/14/2019

How gross are gym locker rooms? The amount of germs these researchers found will floor you.
Bustle, 08/30/2018

Germs at the airport, and the teams that fight them.
USA Today, 05/23/2018

Germs at the airport, and the teams that fight them
USA Today, 05/23/2018

How gross is going barefoot in a locker room shower?
Vice, 02/17/2017

Hospital bed sheets might spread a serious gastrointestinal disease
Pacific Standard , 11/08/2016