Sonia Grego

Associate Research Professor in theDepartment of Electrical and Computer Engineering

I am the founding director of the Duke Smart Toilet Lab, dedicated to the opportunities that data-rich human excreta offer to improve individual and public health. The objective  is to empower individuals and groups in communal living with health information for early warning of disease, health and wellness and management of chronic diseases through wastewater analysis, without any changes of daily habits. I am passionate about the opportunities that advanced sanitation technologies offer to improve global health and to provide a paradigm shift in health screening both for individuals and for communities.

As a major project of my research portfolio over the past 5 years, I have led the field testing of 10+ onsite sanitation technology prototypes from multiple organizations in international settings. I have managed yearlong deployments of sophisticated chemo-mechanical systems with electronic monitoring connected to wastewater pipes of buildings, ensuring no disruption of service to users while evaluating the treatment process performance.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Research Professor in theDepartment of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information

Education

  • M.S. Università di Pisa (Italy), 1995
  • Ph.D. University of Copenhagen (Denmark), 1999

Courses Taught

  • ECE 392: Projects in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • EGR 391: Projects in Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Welling, Claire M., David R. Singleton, Steven B. Haase, Christian H. Browning, Brian R. Stoner, Claudia K. Gunsch, and Sonia Grego. “Predictive values of time-dense SARS-CoV-2 wastewater analysis in university campus buildings.” The Science of the Total Environment 835 (August 2022): 155401. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.155401.
  • Grego, Sonia, Claire M. Welling, Graham H. Miller, Peter F. Coggan, Katelyn L. Sellgren, Brian T. Hawkins, Geoffrey S. Ginsburg, Jose R. Ruiz, Deborah A. Fisher, and Brian R. Stoner. “A hands-free stool sampling system for monitoring intestinal health and disease.” Scientific Reports 12, no. 1 (June 2022): 10859. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-14803-9.
  • Zhou, J., J. McNabb, N. De Capite, J. R. Ruiz, D. A. Fisher, S. Grego, and K. Chakrabarty. “Stool Image Analysis for Digital Health Monitoring by Smart Toilets.” Ieee Internet of Things Journal, January 1, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1109/JIOT.2022.3158886.
  • Sasidaran, S., P. Kachoria, A. Raj, S. Ramalingam, B. R. Stoner, K. L. Sellgren, and S. Grego. “Physical properties of menstrual hygiene waste as feedstock for onsite disposal technologies.” Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 11, no. 3 (May 1, 2021): 474–82. https://doi.org/10.2166/washdev.2021.262.
  • Varigala, Siva, Srinivas Krishnaswamy, Chandra P. Lohia, Meghan Hegarty-Craver, Sonia Grego, Michael Luettgen, and Clement A. Cid. “Optimal design of an electrochemical reactor for blackwater treatment.” Water Environment Research : A Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation 93, no. 1 (January 2021): 148–58. https://doi.org/10.1002/wer.1374.