About Us

Dr. Janet Stout

Janet E. Stout is founder and president of Special Pathogens Technology, executive vice president and founder of Special Pathogens Laboratory, and research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

An infectious disease microbiologist, Dr. Stout is recognized worldwide for more than 30 years of pioneering research in Legionella. Her expertise includes disinfection and control strategies for the prevention of Legionnaires’ disease and other waterborne pathogens.

For more information on our seminal research, visit legionella.org

To learn more about Special Pathogens Laboratory and testing and consulting services, visit SpecialPathogensLab.com

Special Pathogens Technology


Special Pathogens Technology was founded by Dr. Janet Stout to deliver educational and technology solutions that advance the prevention Legionnaires’ disease and infections from other waterborne pathogens in building water systems. Launched while at Special Pathogens Laboratory, Special Pathogens Technology provides products and services that close the knowledge gap required to manage Legionella and other waterborne pathogens.

As advocates of prevention for more than 30 years, our big hairy audacious goal (BHAG) is to end Legionnaires’ disease. That’s why Special Pathogens Technology’s mission is to share our multidisciplinary knowledge and experience in Legionella detection, prevention, control, and remediation with you. Knowledge is power and understanding Legionella empowers you to make evidence-based decisions that save you time, money, protect your reputation, and mitigate liability. In addition to building competency through education, we develop technology products grounded in our expertise in microbiology, engineering, infection prevention, public health, and ASHRAE 188.