Videos of talks from “Microbiomes of the Built Environment: From Research to Application”

On April 11 there was a meeting in Washington DC that was part of an effort from a new study being conducted by the National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering on “Microbiomes of the Built Environment”.  Videos and slides from the meeting have now been posted.  I have compiled them below.

In addition, I made a word cloud using “Wordle” of the main text in the Agenda document describing the “Project Prospectus” of the working group.  I think it sums up things pretty well.

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Full playlist of all the talks:

Sponsor Presentations

Paula Olsiewski, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Slides.

Laura Kolb, U.S. EPA

Tina Bahadori, U.S. EPA

David Tomko, NASA.  Slides.

Lisa Chadwick, NIEHS

Sponsor Q&A Panel

Individual Talks

Gary Andersen — What makes the built microbiome unique? Slides.

Jelena Srebric — Ventilation, Occupants, and the Microbiome. Slides.

Benjamin Kirkup — Built Environment Microbiome and Health. Slides.

Amy Pruden — Understanding Microbiomes in Water. Slides.

Speaker Q&A Panel

General discussion


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Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. My lab is in the UC Davis Genome Center and I hold appointments in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Evolution and Ecology in the College of Biological Sciences. My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis (see my lab site here which has more information on lab activities).  In addition to research, I am heavily involved in the Open Access publishing and Open Science movements.