Gabrielle String, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Population Health


Dr. Gabrielle M. String received both her PhD and MS in mechanical engineering from Tufts University where she served as a research assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She specializes in various engineering disciplines including mechanical and health engineering and Bio Safety Level 2. You can also learn more about Dr. String at her Google Scholar> and ResearchGate> pages.



  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 2017
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 2013
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Clarkson University, 2011

Areas of Research and Publications

Dr. String's research focuses on bringing evidence to WASH interventions in development and humanitarian contexts to inform guidance and policy. Dr. String is currently assessing the efficacy of surface disinfection protocols against the virus, which causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 and surrogates. She plans to contribute evidence on: safe water storage and mediating the impacts of biofilms; improving community-managed Water Safety Plans and integrating climate and disaster risks; and, infection prevention and control on surfaces for emerging infectious diseases.