The University of Arizona

Eric Lutz PhD

Assistant Professor
Community, Environment and Policy Division
1656 E Mabel Street
Campus PO Box: 245215
Medical Research Building 113
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-4938


Eric A. Lutz, PhD joined the Environmental and Occupational Health Group in the College of Public Health in 2010, where he is actively integrating interdisciplinary collaborations in industrial hygiene, occupational exposure research, and safety training with the activities of the Division of Mining and Geological Engineering and the Institute of Mineral Resources (IMR) here at the University of Arizona.  Concurrently, Dr. Lutz applies his expertise and experience in zoonotic and sapronotic infectious diseases to research improvements in bioaerosol detection, environmental factors in agent transmission, and disease prevention/mitigation.

From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Lutz served as the Program Manager for The Ohio State University’s Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases (PHPID) Program.  There, he was responsible for managing the $4.7 million program including coordination of interdisciplinary activities for over 134 member faculty across the Colleges of Biological Sciences; Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Medicine; Pharmacy; Public Health; and Veterinary Medicine.  Simultaneously, he completed his doctoral studies as a NSF Preparing Future Faculty Fellow in the College of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, specializing in zoonotic and sapronotic infectious disease detection and surveillance.  While at OSU, some of the projects he worked on included: human and animal exposure to airborne Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) using laboratory evaluations and veterinary hospital field study, field and lab evaluations in China of a novel patent-pending non-animal concentrating cercariae detection device of his own design for improved Schistosomiasis surveillance; heard-level antimicrobial resistance to 3rd-generation cephalosporin in swine; assessment using new castle disease virus as a surrogate for H1N1 to evaluate occupational risks in CAFO’s to avian influenza, and evaluation of a commercially available ultra-violet light (UV-C) containing vacuum cleaner as an antimicrobial device.

Prior to joining OSU, Eric worked professionally for over 15 years as an environmental health and occupational safety consultant, scientist, and entrepreneur; specializing in industrial hygiene assessments, indoor environmental investigations, construction and environmental loss mitigation, environmental health and safety litigation support, and catastrophe response for clients across the insurance, healthcare, industry, construction, and education sectors throughout the United States.


2010, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, The Ohio State University

2009, MS, Environmental Health Sciences, The Ohio State University

1996, BA, Chemistry, The Ohio State University

Posters, Manuscripts, and Peer Reviewed Articles:

Lutz E., Pennell M., Stevenson K., Hoet AS., Buckley TJ. Staphylococcus aureus Bioaerosol Evaluations: Aerosol Generation Methods, Particle Size Distribution, and Aerodynamic Diameter in the Laboratory. Manuscript in preparation. July, 2010.

Lutz E., Hoet AS., Pennell M., Stevenson K., Buckley TJ. Non-outbreak Related Environmental Surveillance of Airborne MRSA in a Veterinary Hospital. Manuscript in preparation. July, 2010.

Eric A. Lutz, Delayne Caseman, Jennifer Currie, Jefferey L. Burgess, T. Renée Anthony. Respiratory Protection of Firefighters during Overhaul. 2010 NPPTL Stakeholder Meeting, NIOSH, Pittsbrugh, PA. Poster Presentation. March, 2010.

Ali, AM., Lutz E., Lee C-W., Saif, YM., Buckley, T. An Experimental Model using Newcastle Disease Virus for Detecting and Mitigating Airborne Influenza Transmission. Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, Chicago, IL. Poster Presentation. November, 2009.

Eric A. Lutz, PhD1; Marlena McCarty, BS2; Dixie Mollenkopf, BS2; Julie Funk, DVM, PhD2;Wondwossen Gebreyes, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVPM2; Thomas E. Wittum, PhD2. Association between ceftiofur use in finishing swine and enteric Escherichia coli with reduced susceptibility to ceftriaxone or Salmonella spp.with blaCMY-2. Under review by American Journal of Veterinary Research. June, 2010.

Eric A. Lutz; Smita Sharma, Bruce Casto, Glen R. Needham, Timothy J. Buckley. Effectiveness of UV-C Equipped Vacuum at Reducing Culturable Surface-bound Microorganisms on Carpets. Journal of Environmental Science and Technology. May, 2010.

Sharma, S., Lutz, E., Needham, G., Buckley, T. Effectiveness of UV-equipped commercial vacuum in reducing carpet surface microbes. The Ohio State University, College of Public Health, Poster Exposition. November, 2008.

Global Public Health Activities:

China, 2008-2009 – Shistosomiasis Epidemiologic survey and field/laboratory evaluations of novel patent-pending S. japonicum cercariae field sampling device for improved agent surveillance.

Curriculum Vitae