Come work with us!

The BioBE Center is currently seeking a bioinformatics postdoctoral research scholar to explore fundamental questions in microbial ecology and evolution. Applicants must have a Ph.D. with extensive training using bioinformatics to understand the ecology and/or evolution of complex biological systems, and strong writing skills. The ideal candidate will have experience with statistical analysis, next-gen sequence data analysis, software development, and/or experience with combining and analyzing complex datasets from multiple sources and technologies. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds.

For more information, see the complete listing. To ensure consideration, please submit applications by April 2, 2015. This position will remain open until filled.

Erica Hartman is selected as recipient of the 2015 Donald E. Wimber Fund Award


The Donald E. Wimber Fund Award was created through the generosity of Carol Cogswell as a memorial to retired University of Oregon biology faculty member Donald Wimber. The award was established to provide support for junior faculty, research associates, or graduate students to travel to conferences to present their research work. Erica will be traveling to ASM.

BioBE Selected for AIA Design & Health Research Consortium


The UO BioBE Center, along with 10 other architecture schools and schools of public health, has been chosen by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the AIA Foundation, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture to be charter members of the new AIA Design & Health Research Consortium. The full press release can be found at

Join us in Atlanta in May!


BioBE has had 2 panel presentations accepted for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention 2015. This is the largest and pre-eminent architectural convention in the U.S. The first panel, titled “Architecture, Engineering, Biology, and Health: Perspectives on Built Environment Microbiomes”, will introduce the audience to the new field of microbial ecology of the built environment and some of it’s recent research. The discussion will feature experts from 4 of the primary fields engaged in the research, and will include interactive “microbial moments”.

The second panel is titled “Microbes in the Built Environment: Perspectives on Design Implications”. The panelists will focus on design and its potential impact on the built environment microbiome. The audience will sample microbes in the room and have an opportunity to pose research questions from a designer’s perspective.

Healthy Buildings Workshop

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In collaboration with SRG Partnership and Mazzetti, ESBL will be offering a workshop in early 2015 for healthcare facility professionals. ESBL’s portion of the half-day event will describe current research on built environment microbiomes and its implications for design.

BioBE in GEO Magazine


Image courtesy of Lori Nix, Image courtesy of Lori Nix,


BioBE research is featured in a new article in GEO Magazine. Titled “Die Wildnis im Wohnzimmer” (“The Wilderness in the Living Room”) and written by Ute Eberle, the article discusses the human and built environment microbiome experiments that use ESBL’s climate chamber, and quotes James Meadow.

Check out the cool video at the end of the article!

Update from BioBE Alum in Denmark


Since January 2014, former BioBE Graduate Research Fellow Max Moriyama has been working at the Danish architecture firm Tredje Natur (or ‘Third Nature’ in English). The office explores the potentials of nature in the city, and specializes in climate-adaptive design, which seeks to prepare cities for increases in storm events, while simultaneously striving to enrich city life. The projects of Tredje Natur range in scale and focus, from the first climate-adapted neighborhood in Copenhagen to a landscape integrated swim hall. Just recently, Max was amongst the team who won the competition to renovate Enghaveparken, a classic Danish park in Copenhagen.  The proposal meets water challenges — including the ability to store up to 26,000 m3 of torrential rain to prevent neighborhood flooding — with activated spaces for recreation and revitalized nature.

Best Research Video!

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The BioBE video “Clouds in a Box” was submitted to Oregon BESTFEST‘s video contest and was judged Best Research Video at their annual conference in Portland, Oregon, in September, 2014. This short video describes the preparations and activities for a recent experiment in our Climate Chamber. We also presented several posters including “Capturing the Human Microbial Cloud” and “Architectural Design, Light Exposure, and Microbial Viability in the Built Environment”.