Dr. Gail Krantzberg (Ph.D., MSc.)
Dr. Gail Krantzberg is the Principal Investigator for COVID-19 wastewater biomarker research for Ontario. She is Professor of Engineering and Public Policy in the Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University offering Canada’s first Master’s degree in Engineering and Public Policy. Gail completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in environmental science and freshwaters. She worked for the Ontario Ministry of Environment from 1988 to 2001, as Senior Scientist and then Senior Policy Advisor on Great Lakes. She is past president of the International Association of Great Lakes Research, Board Member of the Canadian Water Foundation, member of the International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board, among others. Dr. Krantzberg was the Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the International Joint Commission from 2001 to 2005. She has edited and co-authored 9 books and more than 200 scientific and policy articles on issues pertaining to ecosystem quality and sustainability and is a frequent speaker to media and the public. When not on the job, she enjoys family, photography, gardening and peace in the woods.
Dr. Zobia Jawed (Ph.D., M.Eng.)
Dr. Zobia Jawed is a Co-Principal Investigator for COVID-19 biomarker research and building local capacity for Ontario’s existing framework of wastewater testing as a system-wide approach. She is a faculty lead for engineering design and policy projects at W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology, McMaster University. She teaches courses for the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Sciences as she believes that every issue is best resolved through an interdisciplinary perspective. Zobia completed her Bachelor’s degree at McMaster University, Master’s of Civil Engineering at University of Toronto, Ph.D. at McMaster University, and Post-Doctoral Fellowship jointly between University of Waterloo and McMaster University. Zobia is a well-known expert in wastewater systems and technologies and has over a decade of expertise in water/wastewater systems/testing and operations. Zobia has traveled throughout Ontario’s water/wastewater systems to provide expertise and training to operators and lab staff for optimization of systems and testing methods. Zobia is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Conservation Halton, appointed by Hamilton City Council. Before joining McMaster University, Zobia worked at the Region of Halton, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Hospital for SickKids, Mohawk College, Private consulting, and University of Toronto. Zobia is an active community volunteer serving as School Council Chair, and on Boards for various community youth development initiatives while taking care of her own two kids.