Biology and the built environment

At BioBE We:

Develop hypothesis-driven, evidence-based approaches to better understand the microbiome of the built environment

Research with the goal of improving human health and environmental sustainability

Collaborate with industry partners and our allied organizations, The Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory and The Institute for Health in the Built Environment

Recent News

New review on health in the built environment

Hot off the press, a new review on health in the built environment is available today!  The article is found here, but an open-access, view-only version is available here.  It's part of the Healthy Building special issue from the Journal of Exposure Science &...

New publication on the urban microbiome

Recently, Dr. Gwynne Mhuireach published one of the chapters from her dissertation, on evaluating bacteria found in air from vegetated or paved areas in an urban setting! Mhuireach, G.Á., Betancourt-Román, C.M., Green, J.L., Johnson B.R. 2019. Spatiotemporal controls...

Congratulations to BioBE’s Sam Velazquez!

Another of BioBE's stellar student researchers is headed to graduate school! Sam Velazquez has been working with Dr. Sue Ishaq on bioinformatics in our lab. She is a bright face in the room, conducting experiments, programming, working on data visualization, and...

BioBE heads to the UO SPICE Fair, Saturday April 13

This Saturday, April 13th, is the 2019 UO Science and Invention Fair, held on campus in Willamette Hall from 11 am to 3 pm.  The Fair is designed for children in grades K - 8 to meet local scientists, and develop an enthusiasm for STEM using hands-on activities and...

Microbes in the built environment; interview with Jefferson Exchange

In case you missed it live, you can stream Sue Ishaq's interview with Geoffrey Riley at the Jefferson Exchange, about her work at BioBE. She talks about how to go from researching microbes in the rumen stomach of moose to researching the effect of building surface...

Upcoming radio interview with Jefferson Exchange!

BioBE's Sue Ishaq will be speaking with the Jefferson Exchange crew on their live radio show about microbiology in the built environment on March 11th, at about 8:30 am PST. If you are local to the west coast, you can find a station to tune into. Otherwise, you can...

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