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 Institute for the Health of the Built Environment

Recent News

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...

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....

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