Until his passing away in late 2017, Huw Taylor was a Professor of Microbial Ecology at the University of Brighton. His research focused on practical barriers to prevent environmental infectious disease transmission and with his colleagues at the university’s Environment and Public Health Research Group and Aquatic Research Centre, he successfully secured Brighton’s reputation as a centre of expertise in the field of ‘microbial source tracking’.
Up until his passing away, Professor Taylor was applying his knowledge to the issue of ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all in accordance with UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 and his work contributed to the successful application of locally-relevant water and sanitation safety plans in many parts of the world. He worked closely with Médecins Sans Frontières in Haïti following the 2010 earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak and was later invited by the WHO to advise the organisation on improved sanitation responses to the West Africa Ebola outbreak.
More recently, his team received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates to work with Emory University in the USA, using Brighton’s microbial source tracking methods to map and manage disease transmission in Indian cities, as part of the international SaniPath collaboration.