Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease

The Duke University Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID) is a collaborative translational research team working closely with more than 20 academic, non-profit, and private industry partners around the world to facilitate the development and sustainable deployment of novel technology-based solutions for health and environmental challenges.

Our research ranges from the design of decentralized onsite waste treatment systems to the exploration of sensors, diagnostics and machine learning to detect pre-symptomatic disease at the individual and community level. 

To achieve our mission, we:

  • Leverage cross-disciplinary expertise and partnerships
  • Work along a continuum from basic and translational science to prototyping, field-testing and commercialization
  • Embrace a user-centered philosophy in all stages of research and development
  • Seek to empower women and girls with gender transformative solutions 


Dried Sludge


Fecal Sludge Drying

Fecal sludge is persnickety, to say the least. Team member Katelyn Sellgren joined a panel of experts for a webinar to explore the difficulties researchers face in the drying of fecal sludge and to discuss potential solutions to these challenges. Fecal sludge is pathogen-rich and drying mitigates [...]

Recent News


March 1, 2019 | MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review

Sanitation without sewers is included in the list of MIT Technology Review's ten breakthrough technologies that will change the world for the better in 2019. 

Professor Jeffrey T. Glass

December 9, 2019

Rethinking Sanitation

On World Toilet Day, Center for WaSH-AID co-director and Duke professor Jeffrey T. Glass sat down with Juosie Loo at BFM89.9 - the Business Station - in Malaysia, to discuss headway being made to provide safe and effective sanitation to the 4.2 billion people who still lack this basic necessity.

Shannon Yee in South Africa

September 6, 2019 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Scientists sent people to the moon. Can they reinvent the toilet?

A globe-trotting team of researchers have been given a $13.5 million budget and 39 months to sort through the prototypes and remaining challenges of the Gates Foundation Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.