Research and Publications


Research Activities

The laboratory is involved in a variety of internally and externally funded projects including development of monoclonal antibodies to anatoxin A, improving methods to detect Mycobacterium avium complex organisms in finished water and biofilms, pathogen removal and inactivation studies, evaluation of products and reagents to detect environmental pathogens, pathogen surveillance studies, and improvement of methods to detect waterborne pathogens. A list of the more recent publications generated by the laboratory is listed below:


Publications and Presentations

Di Giovanni, G.D., Rochelle, P.A., Hoffman, R.M., and Y. Akagi. Maximizing the Value of Your LT2 Cryptosporidium Monitoring. Jour. Amer. Water Works Assoc.107:2:73-75, February 2015.

Di Giovanni, G. D., K. M. Barrella, R. M. Hoffman and G. D. Sturbaum. 2014. Cryptosporidium Genotyping Workshop and Round Robin, Water Research Foundation Project 4284 Final Report.

Ruecker, N.J., Hoffman, R.M., Chalmers, R.M. and N.F. Neumann. 2011. Detection and Resolution of Cryptosporidium Species and Species Mixtures by Genus-Specific Nested PCR-Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism Analysis, Direct Sequencing, and Cloning. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 2011;77 3998-4007.

DiGiovanni, G.D., Hoffman, R.H., and G. D. Sturbaum. 2010. A Cryptosporidium Genotyping Method for Regulatory Slides. Water Research Foundation Project Report 4099. ISBN 978-1-60573-116-2.

Hoffman, R.M., Marshall, M. M., Gibson, M.C., and P.A. Rochelle. 2009. Prioritizing Pathogens for Potential Future Regulation in Drinking Water. Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es803532k Publication Date (Web): June 9, 2009

Collins, M.T., Yuroff, A.S., Hoffman, R.M., Harrington, G.W. and A.D. Jacque. 2008. Improved Mycobacterium avium complex detection methods. Awwa Research Foundation, Denver, CO. Report Number 91223.

Assavasilavasukul, P., Lau, B.L., Harrington, G.W., Hoffman, R.M., and M.A. Borchardt. 2008. Effect of pathogen concentrations on removal of Cryptosporidium and Giardia by conventional drinking water treatment. Wat. Res. 42(10-11):2678-2690.

Hoffman, R.M. Borchardt, M.A., Spencer, S.A. and D.M. Wolk. 2007. Development of methods for the detection of waterborne microsporidia. Journal of Microbiological Methods 70(2):312-318.

Lau, B., Harrington, G.W., Hoffman, R.M., and M.A. Borchardt. 2005. LT2 Crypto Removal Credits: Are They Good Enough? Proceedings of the 2005 Water Quality Technology Conference, Quebec City, Canada.

Wareing D.R.A., Sarian T., Duncanson P., Pearson J., Hoffman, R., Collins, M., and C. Powell. 2005. Evaluation of Dynabeads Anti-Legionella® for the isolation and quantification of Legionella from water samples. Proceedings of the 2005 Water Quality Technology Conference, Quebec City, Canada.

Hoffman, R.M. and M.M. Marshall. 2004. Microbes Continue to be a Detection Challenge. Jour. Amer. Water Works Assoc.96(8):66-68.

Plummer, C., Hoffman, R., Sturbaum, G., Marshall, M., Sterling , C., and D. M. Wolk. 2004. Multiplex Real-time PCR for Encephalitozoon Spores Includes Monitor for PCR Inhibitors in Water Samples. 104th Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Q-101: New Orleans, LA.

Hoffman R.M., Marshall M.M., Polchert D.M. and B.H. Jost. 2003. Identification and Characterization of Multiple Subpopulations Within Cell Culture-Propagated, Percoll Purified Encephalitozoon intestinalis Spore Suspensions. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 69(8):4966-70.

Collins, M.J., Hoffman, R.M., Argue, B.T., and J.H. Standridge. 2003. Development of a Rapid Detection Method for Waterborne E. coli O157:H7. 103 rd Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. Poster Q496. Washington, DC.

Hoffman R., Marshall M., Polchert D., Spencer S., Moffet J., and M. Borchardt. 2002. Concentration and Detection of Microsporidia Using a Newly-Modified Continuous Flow Centrifuge and Flow Cytometry. Proceedings of the 2002 Water Quality Technology Conference, Seattle WA.

Marshall M., Moffett J., Hoffman R., Sturbaum G., Sterling C., and B.H. Jost. 2002. Encephalitozoon spp. Detection and Viability Determined by RT-PCR Cell Culture Assays Using Primer Pairs from 3 Distinct Genes. Proceedings of the 2002 Water Quality Technology Conference, Seattle WA .

Marshall M., Hoffman R., Moffett J., Jost B.H., Ware M., Sturbaum G., and D. Battigelli. 2002. Identification and Characterization of Infectious and Non-Infectious Sub-Populations of Encephalitozoon intestinalis Spores Purified from in vitro Cell Culture. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Waterborne Pathogens. Cascais/Lisbon, Portugal 2002.

Hoffman R.M., Chauret C., Standridge J.H., and L. Peterson. 1999. Evaluation of four commercial antibodies. Jour. Amer. Water Works Assoc. 91(9):69-78.

Hoffman R.M., Chauret C.C., Standridge J.H., and L. Peterson. 1998. Evaluation of antibodies to Cryptosporidium and Giardia using flow cytometry. In Proc. Water Quality Technology Conference. San Diego, CA.

Hoffman R.M., Standridge J.H., Prieve A.F., Cucunato J.C., and M. Bernhardt. 1997. Using flow cytometry to detect protozoa. Jour. Amer. Water Works Assoc. 89(9):104-111.