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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...

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...

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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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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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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...

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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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New publication on human exposure to chemicals in dust!

New study on exposure to chemicals in dust published in The Journal of Hazardous Material!  The collaborative team was led by Rolf Halden and Jing Chen at Arizona State University, and included Erica Hartmann at Northwestern University and BioBE researchers Jeff Kline...

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BioBE has an open Lab Manager position!

BioBE is looking for a Lab Manager and Technician; the full position description and application can be found here. Review of Applications Begins August 27th, 2018; position open until filled. Special Instructions to Applicants  Submit your application online and...

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Willem Griffiths: Material Testing and Microbes

Recent Biology graduate Willem Griffiths is dedicating his summer to river rafting and building material testing. For his senior thesis work last year, Willem began studying how the chemical structures of materials, such as concrete and plaster, affect...

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Congratulations to Our Graduates!

As our graduates begin their careers in various fields, we want to congratulate them on their contributions to the science and design communities. They have been an essential part of BioBE and ESBL, helping to mold environmental design. We wish them all the best!...

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Design the Unseen Course

For his first teaching assignment at the University of Oregon, Mark Fretz taught an advanced technology course to architectural students at the University of Oregon, Portland, called "Design the Unseen".  Mark is the Director of Knowledge Exchange at the Institute for...

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