Timothy Ford

Timothy Ford, Ph.D.

Chair, Professor, Associate Director - CPRT

Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences, Center for Pathogen Research & Training (CPRT)
Weed Hall 105


Environmental microbiology; community-based participatory research; water and health; waterborne disease


  • B.S., Biochemistry, University of Sussex, UK
  • Ph.D., Aquatic Microbiology, Bangor University, North Wales


Born and educated in the UK, Timothy Ford, Ph.D., did his postdoctoral training at Harvard University before taking a faculty appointment at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he served as an assistant and then an associate professor and both founded and chaired their program in water and health. Much of his biofilm and international work on the epidemiology of waterborne diseases started at Harvard.

Ford then served as Head of Microbiology at Montana State University for several years, leading the NIH-funded Montana Idea Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence Program (MT-INBRE). This five-year program built research and training infrastructure in infectious disease and environmental health research throughout the state of Montana, and included all seven of Montana’s reservation communities. He also continued water and health work in India and developed partnerships in China, with a concurrent professorship at Nanjing University.

Ford went on to serve as VP for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of New England, and then Dean of Health Professions at Shenandoah University before returning to a more research active environmental as Chair of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Institute for Global Health at UMass Amherst. Now, at UMass Lowell, he plans to continue building multi-investigator research and training programs both locally and internationally.