Campus of Santiago de Compostela
Pabellón Estudiantil, 2º piso – Campus Vida
15782 Santiago de Compostela – Spain

Role in the project

The USC will evaluate the efficacy of the two prototypes FAU and TJC against the water borne protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium parvum, considered by the WHO as a reference pathogen for parasites in the evaluation of the Household Water Treatment Technologies. Specifically, USC will contribute in:WP3: Characterization of water samples from the identified real sites for the deployment of FAU units; Evaluation of the efficiency of FAU on the removal on water borne pathogens; Evaluation of the prototype SODIS performance for microbial pathogens under real solar conditions.


Prof. Hipólito Gómez-Couso, PhD

Hipólito Gómez-Couso is Associate Professor of Parasitology (2013) in the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology of the USC and brings over 17 years of experience in the field of Cryptosporidium to WATERSPOUTT. Since 2002, he
teaches Parasitology on the Pharmacy and Biology programmes. Dr. Gómez-Couso is part of the “Drug Delivery Systems and Immunoparasitology of Waterborne Protozoan Zoonoses (PARAQUASIL)” Research Group, among whose research lines is the comprehensive study of the waterborne protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium, including water disinfection and reclamation technologies. He has participated in nine research projects related with Cryptosporidium and cryptosporidiosis, published 37 peer reviewed papers on Cryptosporidium in high impact journals and presented nearly 70 research works at international conferences and workshops. Prof. Gómez-Couso has supervised to completion 2 PhD about Cryptosporidium and SODIS method and, currently, he is co-directing other 2 PhD Thesis. Throughout his training, he had performed several research stays in European research centres with prestigious experts in the field of Cryptosporidium and/or SODIS: Centre for Infections (Health Protection Agency, London, United Kingdom), Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy), Complutense University of Madrid (Madrid), Plataforma Solar de Almería (Almeria, Spain) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Dübendorf, Switzerland), among others.