Dr Harriet Whiley is a lecturer in Environmental Health at Flinders University.

As an environmental microbiologist and human health risk assessor the aim of her research is to inform Environmental Health Officers of best practise to protect public health.

Her research interests include opportunistic pathogens, biofilms, water quality, food safety and risk assessment.

She completed her PhD at Flinders University in collaboration with the South Australian Water Corporation investigating the presence of Legionella and Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) in South Australian potable and reuse water distribution systems and the associated public health risks.

Harriet believes that as a consequence of aging populations, opportunistic pathogens present an emerging issue of public health significance.

As such, it is crucial that future research is aimed at improving risk management and control strategies to protect the increasing vulnerable populations.