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Research Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor, Community Health
Daniele’s main research interest is how to reduce the burden of infectious diseases by investigating and evaluating the effectiveness of water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions. Daniele and her partners complete laboratory, field, and policy research with diverse funding sources. Over the past 23 years, Daniele has provided technical assistance and completed research activities in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, and Central/South America in both development and humanitarian response contexts, and published over 100 manuscripts.
Daniele began working in water, sanitation, and hygiene to reduce the burden of infectious disease in 2000 with her Master's, then continued with teaching in Environmental Engineering at MIT before working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2003-2010. She completed her post-doctoral work at Harvard's Center for International Development from 2010-2012, and joined Tufts University in 2012. Daniele enjoys backcountry hiking, state highpointing (50 state completer!), rocket ashtanga yoga, cooking vegan foods, and raising her two children with her husband.
Registered Professional Engineer, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Ph.D. in Infectious Tropical Diseases (2011)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.Eng. in Environmental Engineering (2001)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SB in Environmental Engineering (1996)
Currently, we are working on translating research to action to inform humanitarian response, studying fecal sludge management interventions, researching the effectiveness of coordination, researching emerging infectious diseases (especially around disinfection of surfaces and hands), and working on WHO policy committees for Ebola and COVID-19 infection, prevention, and control. Please see CV to the left for a complete list of publications and research grants.