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

Stop Motion Science: The Light Box Video

Written by Mira Zimmerman and Fiona Curliss At BioBE, we strive to produce scientific research that is clear and understandable to any audience, not only for interdisciplinary collaboration, but also for scientific education. Those unfamiliar with the oppressive...

CoD interview with Sue Ishaq on Indoor Microbiology

UO College of Design's Alex Notman sat down with BioBE's Sue Ishaq to chat about her work on microbes in buildings and the intersection of biology and buildings: "The Great Indoors: Interior Ecology Under the Looking...

New Publication on Anti-Microbials & Drug Resistant Microbes Indoors

After reading this, you might think twice about hand washing after your workout. Dr, Erica Hartmann, of Northwestern University, and Dr. Ashkaan Fahimipour, of BioBE, have been heading a study on the relationships between gyms, anti-microbial chemicals, and antibiotic...

A Tale of Two Cohorts

Sequence data contamination from biological or digital sources can obscure true results and falsely raise one's hopes.  Contamination is a persist issue in microbial ecology, and each experiment faces unique challenges from a myriad of sources, which I have previously...

Welcome to our New Wet Lab Manager: Leslie Dietz

A bold new addition to the BioBE family, we would like to welcome our new Wet Lab Manager, Leslie Dietz! She will be overseeing all new projects and day to day lab work, teaching students, collecting data and processing samples. Leslie has a molecular biology and...

Lightbox project video in production

Following our recent publication on the effect of light on house dust; Fahimipour et al. 2018. "Daylight exposure modulates bacterial communities associated with household dust", some of our undergraduate students have been developing a short video that describes the...

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