Senior Technical Staff
Colin Fricker, Ph.D., ASI Technical Director
Dr. Fricker directs laboratory operations at Analytical Services, Inc. (ASI), and has been associated with ASI since 2002. He has more than thirty years experience in environmental microbiology in public and private sectors. Dr. Fricker was the Microbiology and Commercial Manager at Thames Water, Reading, UK until 1999. Since then, Dr. Fricker founded CRF Consulting and has provided microbiological testing and consulting services to the water, and wastewater industries internationally, particularly with regard to Cryptosporidium. Dr. Fricker participated in the development of USEPA Method 1622 for the detection of Cryptosporidium in water. In addition to Dr. Fricker’s extensive experience in laboratory methods for the detection and identification of Cryptosporidium, he is an inventor of the largest selling commercially available test for the detection of coliforms and E.coli in drinking water.
At ASI, Dr. Fricker is responsible for all microbiological laboratory testing and training. In addition to his laboratory responsibilities, Dr. Fricker also provides consulting services to ASI clients regarding all microbiological issues associated with public water supply. Dr. Fricker has a particular interest in the regrowth of coliform bacteria in water distribution systems, and he served as Principal Investigator for ASI’s Water Research Foundation (formerly AWWARF) grant titled Significance of Current Methods and Monitoring Strategies for E. coli and Total Coliform Measurements (#4024). Dr. Fricker has worked with numerous utilities throughout the world on coliform and other microbiological issues.
Aaron Margolin, Ph.D., Affiliated Scientist, Virology
Dr. Margolin, Chair of the Microbiology Department at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), has collaborated with ASI since the early 1990s. Dr. Margolin joined the UNH faculty in 1988 and has established his laboratory as one of the premier environmental virology research laboratories in theUnited States. In 1989, Dr. Margolin became the Science Advisor to the Winchester Engineering andAnalyticalCenter of the Food and Drug Administration in the Department of Microbiology. His major area of expertise is the spread of human infectious organisms, particularly viruses, via fecal contamination of water, food and medical devices. He has held many research grants from USEPA and AWWARF. Dr. Margolin is an associate member of the Environmental Research Group at UNH, an interdisciplinary group studying disinfection, filtration and other water treatment strategies related to pathogens in all types of water.