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 Building Laboratory and The Insitute for the Health of the Built Enviornment

Recent News

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...

Perspective on the Role of Light in the Indoor Microbiome

Written by Mark Fretz, Sue Ishaq, and Mira Zimmerman Light is as necessary to the perfect growth and nutrition of the human frame as are air and food; and, whenever it is deficient, health fails, and disease appears… Artificial is but a very bad substitute for natural...

New publication on daylight and dust communities!

We are pleased to announce that our latest publication is now available! Daylight exposure modulates bacterial communities associated with household dust Ashkaan K. Fahimipour , Erica M. Hartmann, Andrew Siemens, Jeff Kline, David A. Levin, Hannah Wilson, Clarisse M....

Forthcoming…Perspective on the Role of Light in the Indoor Microbiome

In anticipation of our forthcoming publication on the effect of light on indoor dust, we have written a blog post about the "Perspective on the Role of Light in the Indoor Microbiome".  However, the publication and results are under wraps until our publication release...

Your Microbiome and Your Phone

Written by Samantha Velazquez, Edited by Mira Zimmerman and Sue Ishaq If you were to guess what someone might be carrying in their pockets, a cell phone would be a safe choice.  It is almost not a guess at all; these days it is rare to be surrounded by people and not...

Welcome Back Gwynne!

BioBE is warmly welcoming back Gwynne Mhuireach, but this time as a Postdoctoral Researcher! She earned her PhD in Landscape Architecture this spring, focusing on outdoor microbiology. As a doctoral candidate, she worked for BioBE on projects including daylighting...

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