Ronald Dergrigorian

Title: Water Quality Laboratory Manager
Company: Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

Ronald Dergrigorian, Water Quality Laboratory Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in water microbiology.

Mr. Dergrigorian has spent more than 30 years as a microbiologist for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Born in Shiraz, Iran, he came to the United States in 1979 and began studying at California State University, earning Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology and microbiology in 1983. He remained at the school through the 1980s, working as an instructor at California State University at Northridge from 1983 until 1986, and pursued postgraduate study in microbiology, graduating with distinction in 1989 with a Master of Science. He notes that working on his Master’s degree was among the most formative periods of his career, and he remains proud of the professional and intellectual growth he underwent during this time. While working toward his Master’s degree, Mr. Dergrigorian accepted a position at the Hyperion Treatment Plant, beginning in 1986 as a laboratory technician I and rising to water biologist by the time of his departure in 1991.

He began his career with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power the same year, starting as a water microbiologist. In 2000, he added microbiology laboratory supervisor responsibilities to his role, and since 2013, Mr. Dergrigorian has been a water quality laboratory manager for the department. He is an Emergency Response Team Captain and a member of the department’s Hazardous Materials Management staff and worked with the Total Quality Management Team between 1993 and 1995. Mr. Degrigorian is a grantee of California State University and has co-authored a microbiology laboratory training manual. His research has included work in identifying the DNA base composition of Simonsiella/Conchiformibius and Alysiella microorganisms and validating emerging methods in detecting indicator microorganisms working in cooperation with the EPA and other laboratories. Mr. Dergrigorian is affiliated with the American Society of Microbiology and hopes to turn his focus to improving science education and educational outreach in the coming years, underscoring that STEM subjects are often sorely underemphasized in the United States.


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