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Name:  Dr. Lyda Patricia Sabogal-Paz

Organisation: University of São Paulo

Email:  lysaboga@sc.usp.br

Lyda Patricia is a Professor in the Department of Hydraulics and Sanitation, University of São Paulo at São Carlos School of Engineering.  She leads the biofilms and micro-sensor laboratory in the abovementioned department. Sabogal-Paz’s research is centred on selection, design and evaluation of drinking water treatment for isolated, small and medium-sized communities. Her research involves reducing environmental pollution and human exposure to a range of emergent microorganism (e.g. protozoa). She has a strong record on water research with focus on technology assessment by laboratory, by pilot plant scale and by economic evaluation. She is currently supervising doctoral and master researchers and several projects with undergraduate students. Her research has been financed by Brazilian public research councils, such as São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development – CNPq.

Lyda’s role in the SAFEWATER project is member of the Executive Group and a Co-Investigator.  She will also contribute to the scientific research relating to the development of low cost drinking water technologies (household bios and filters and disinfection).

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Name: 
Dr Raphael Corrêa Medeiros

Organisation: University of São Paulo

Email:  rcorrea@sc.usp.br

Raphael Medeiros is a lecturer in the Department of Engineering and Environmental Technology at the Federal University of Santa Maria and currently coordinates the Environmental Monitoring and Planning Laboratory. His research focuses on environmental sanitation, mainly in water quality, applied epidemiology, water treatment and wastewater treatment aimed at simplified technologies, applied in rural, small and medium-sized communities. It also has works related to the evaluation of industrial effluent treatment systems and disinfection processes with indicator microorganisms and pathogenic protozoa (Giardia and Cryptosporidium).

Raphael, as a researcher associated (postdoc) of the SAFEWATER Project, at the São Carlos School of Engineering of the University of São Paulo, will work under the supervision of Dr. Lyda P. Sabogal Paz and will contribute in research related to the development of technologies of domestic slow filters and disinfection, for water treatment.