Sloan Grants


Active Sloan Grants in the Microbiology of the Built Environment Program as of 7/7/2014.
Start Date Organization PI / Co-PI(s) Project Title
07/15/2016University of California, Berkeley

PI: Thomas D. Bruns

Co-PI(s):
Allen Goldstein
Bill Nazaroff
John Taylor
Rachel I. Adams
Steven Lindow

To expand understanding of the microbial ecology of the built environment as mediated by interactions among organisms, particulate matter, and volatile and non-volatile chemicals
03/01/2016University of California, Berkeley

PI: Allen Goldstein

Co-PI(s):
Yingjun Liu

To characterize the microbial contribution to the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in real residential environments through temporally and spatially resolved VOC measurements
03/01/2016University of Colorado, Boulder

PI: Odessa Gomez

To elucidate beneficial pathways of Mycobacteriome Exposures in our Built Environment
02/01/2016Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PI: Fangqiong Ling

To develop genomic assays targeted at the human‐associated microbiome that can be used to monitor biological safety, enabling potable reuse of wastewater
01/01/2016Mycological Society of America

PI: Rachel I. Adams

To highlight ongoing studies of fungi in the built environment and increase understanding of fundamental processes that influence fungal communities at the 2016 annual Mycological Society of America meeting
12/01/2015Yale University

PI: Jordan Peccia

Co-PI(s):
Drew Gentner

To conduct a pilot study to determine how microbial and chemical emissions from commercial air conditioners impact the microbiome of occupied spaces
12/01/2015University of California, San Diego

PI: Rob D. Knight

Co-PI(s):
Mitch Sogin

To provide improved tools for data analysis, including better user interfaces, protocols, and standards
12/01/2015University of Toronto

PI: Jeffrey Siegel

To support a series of dissemination and engagement activities for Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment (MoBE) and Chemistry of Indoor Environments programs at Indoor Air 2016, as well as pre- and post-meeting workshops
11/01/2015Emory University

PI: Ruth Berkelman

To conduct planning activities to organize a multidisciplinary workshop on the microbiology of legionella in the built environment
11/01/2015University of Aberdeen Foundation, Inc.

PI: Andrew Taylor

Co-PI(s):
Urmas Kõljalg

To improve representation of the built environment fungi in the UNITE, an open access database for molecular identification of fungi
11/01/2015New York Academy of Sciences

PI: Melanie Brickman-Stynes

To support dissemination of the proceedings of a conference entitled “Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome”
09/01/2015Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

PI: Joan Bennett

To determine how commonly emitted fungal Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) influence the growth and metabolism of other microbes in a shared indoor environment
09/01/2015New York University

PI: Maria Gloria Dominguez Bello

Co-PI(s):
Humberto Cavalli

To examine the microbial profiles of Amerindian homes in isolated settings with and without mestizo influence
09/01/2015University of Oregon

PI: Jessica Lee Green

Co-PI(s):
G.Z.Brown
Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg
Rolf Halden

To provide renewed support to the Biology and the Built Environment Center
08/01/2015The University of Chicago

PI: Jack Gilbert

To organize a workshop of early career researchers studying the microbiology of the built environment
07/01/2015The Forsyth Institute

PI: Brian Klein

To examine the microbiomes of indoor track facilities and the runners who train indoors versus outdoors
07/01/2015University of California, Davis

PI: Jonathan Eisen

To provide renewed support for the Microbiology of the Built Environment Network
06/01/2015The University of Chicago

PI: Jack Gilbert

To develop new knowledge about the metabolism of indoor microbial communities using experimental and modeling approaches
04/16/2015Colorado School of Mines

PI: John Spear

To provide partial support for a symposium to recognize the scientific accomplishments of Sloan MoBE grantee Norman Pace
04/01/2015University of California, San Diego

PI: Rob D. Knight

Co-PI(s):
Pieter Dorrestein

To develop improved software tools for studying the microbiology of the built environment that integrate sequence data, metabolic data, and building science data
04/01/2015University of California, Berkeley

PI: Gary Andersen

To develop methods to optimize recovery of RNA from indoor microbiome samples
04/01/2015Weill Cornell Medical College

PI: Christopher Mason

To support an international consortium of researchers studying the metagenomics of subways and mass transit systems
03/01/2015University of Cincinnati

PI: Tiina Reponen

To support scientific exchange with research groups in Finland and neighboring countries
02/01/2015University of California, San Diego

PI: Shelly Miller

To disseminate key results from the Sloan Microbiology of the Built Environment Program at Healthy Buildings 2015 America
01/01/2015University of California, Davis

PI: Zachery Lewis

To examine the role of the built environment as a venue for microbial cross inoculation between infants
01/01/2015Syracuse University

PI: Huan Gu

To understand and control biofilms in the built environment
12/01/2014International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ)

PI: Hal Levin

To support the Sloan Symposium at Healthy Buildings 2015-Europe
11/01/2014University of Texas, Austin

PI: Kerry Kinney

Co-PI(s):
Attila Novoselac
Richard L. Corsi
Yin Xu

To determine how the microbiome and air quality inside portable classroom buildings are affected by ventilation conditions and building design
11/01/2014University of Tulsa

PI: Richard Shaughnessy

Co-PI(s):
Jordan Peccia

To determine how ventilation and cleaning influence the microbial communities in indoor air and on surfaces
11/01/2014University of Toronto

PI: Jeffrey Siegel

Co-PI(s):
Greg Caporaso

To determine the impact of moisture on fungal growth on common indoor surfaces
11/01/2014Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

PI: Amy Pruden

Co-PI(s):
Marc Edwards

To develop new knowledge about how design, operational parameters, and engineering interventions shape the building plumbing microbiome in conventional and green buildings
11/01/2014University of Michigan

PI: Sarah Haig

To examine the regulation of the microbial community structures in drinking water, from source to tap
11/01/2014National Academy of Sciences

PI: Katherine Bowman

To provide partial support for a consensus study of the microbiology of the built environment
11/01/2014University of Colorado, Boulder

PI: Mark Hernandez

Co-PI(s):
Alina Handorean

To provide renewed support to organize and convene two conferences on the Microbiology of the Built Environment
11/01/2014University of California, Berkeley

PI: Rachel I. Adams

Co-PI(s):
Michael Waring

To understand the microbial community response to water damage in residential buildings
08/01/2014Yale University

PI: Karen Dannemiller

To evaluate microbial activity in house dust and interactions with phthalate esters (PEs)
08/01/2014National Academy of Sciences

PI: Bruce Altevogt

To provide partial support for a study on the effects of disasters on biomedical academic research that will include preparedness guidance for researchers, institutions, and sponsors
08/01/2014Illinois Institute of Technology

PI: Stephanie Kunkel

To study indoor bioaerosol fate, transport and control: Implications for infectious disease transmission
07/01/2014University of Colorado, Boulder

PI: Anne Madden

To investigate household arthropods as unique sources of microbes in the built environment
07/01/2014University of Ottawa

PI: Keith Seifert

Co-PI(s):
Rob Samson

To provide renewed support to increase knowledge of fungi in the built environment
05/01/2014J. Craig Venter Institute

PI: Barbara A. Methé

To provide partial support for a training course in microbial ecology for early-career scientists
05/01/2014Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

PI: David Micklos

To provide partial support for a workshop on enabling undergraduate research at the interface between high performance computing and genomics, genetics, and other areas of ‘big data’ biology
05/01/2014University of California, Berkeley

PI: Rachel I. Adams

To support an October 2014 workshop ‘Fungi in the Built Environment: Next Steps’
04/01/2014University of California, Davis

PI: David A. Mills

Co-PI(s):
Roger Boulton

To examine the seasonal nature of the built environment microbiota in wine- and cheese-making facilities
04/01/2014University of California, Berkeley

PI: Thomas D. Bruns

Co-PI(s):
Allen Goldstein
Edward Arens
John Taylor
Steven Lindow
William Nazaroff

To understand the microbiology of the built environment through interdisciplinary research that combines microbial ecology, particle transport physics, chemistry, and architecture
03/01/2014Illinois Institute of Technology

PI: Brent Stephens

To support a May 2014 workshop: Building Science to Advance Research in the Microbiology of the Built Environment Program
02/01/2014University of Maryland

PI: Lynn Schriml

To foster metadata collection and analysis across the Microbiology of the Built Environment program
01/01/2014North Carolina State University

PI: Coby Schal

To incorporate building science measures into an existing HUD-funded project on the interactions between insect infestations and microbial communities in homes
12/01/2013The University of Hong Kong

PI: Yuguo Li

To support the Second International Sloan Symposium on Microbiology of the Built Environment at Indoor Air 2014 in Hong Kong
11/01/2013Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

PI: Aaron J. Prussin

To characterize the bacterial and viral microbiome of the air and surfaces in a daycare setting
11/01/2013University of California, Davis

PI: Jonathan Eisen

To provide renewed support for the Microbiology of the Built Environment Network
11/01/2013Illinois Institute of Technology

PI: Brent Stephens

To develop and document open source sensors for characterizing the built environment
11/01/2013University of Colorado, Boulder

PI: Noah Fierer

To examine the role of flood damage and recovery to house-associated microbial communities
09/01/2013University of Oregon

PI: Jessica Lee Green

Co-PI(s):
Brendan Bohannan
G.Z.Brown

(BioBE)
07/01/2013Harvard Medical School

PI: Roberto Kolter

The Effects of Surface pH on Microbial Community Composition and Susceptibility to Invasion
07/01/2013UCSF

PI: Susan V. Lynch

Co-PI(s):
Stuart Batterman

The House Dust Fungal Microbiome — Influences and Effects
05/01/2013University of Pittsburgh

PI: Kyle Bibby

Co-PI(s):
Janet Stout

Microbial Ecology Dynamics of Hospital Premise Plumbing Following the Introduction of an On-Site Monochloramine Disinfection System
05/01/2013Yale University

PI: Jordan Peccia

Qualitative Building Moisture Characteristics and Microbial Diversity
02/01/2013American Association for the Advancement of Science

PI: Mark Milutinovich

American Association for the Advancement of Science
01/01/2013University of California, Berkeley

PI: Jill Banfield

Co-PI(s):
Bill Nazaroff
Michael Morowitz

Analysis of the ICU room environment as a source of microorganisms colonizing the GI tract of premature infants
01/01/2013National Academy of Sciences

PI: Eileen Choffnes

To provide partial support for the Forum on Microbial Threats
12/01/2012Duke University

PI: Craig McClain

To support a meeting on the Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment
11/01/2012The University of Chicago

PI:

Co-PI(s):
Brent Stephens
Hal Levin
Jeffrey Siegel
Major Ben Kirkup
Rob D. Knight

Hospital Microbiome Project
11/01/2012Harvard School of Public Health

PI: Curtis Huttenhower

Co-PI(s):
Jack Spengler

To examine the transmission of human-associated microbes by public transportation surfaces
10/01/2012Virginia Tech

PI: Amy Pruden

Co-PI(s):
Anisha Patel
Annie Pearce
Marc Edwards

Effect of Pipe Materials, Water Flow, and Chemistry on the Building Plumbing Microbiome
10/01/2012Northern Arizona University

PI: Greg Caporaso

Co-PI(s):
Jeffrey Siegel
Rob D. Knight
Scott Kelley

To analyze and model the establishment of microbial communities over time on different office surface materials in different climates
10/01/2012University of Toronto

PI: James Scott

Co-PI(s):
Eric Savory
John Pogacar
Richard Summerbell

To design improved testing methods for common building materials
09/01/2012Cornell University

PI: Largus Angenent

A pilot study of the changes in airborne microbiota after weatherization of older two-story homes in the U.S. Northeast
07/01/2012University of Colorado, Boulder

PI: Noah Fierer

Co-PI(s):
Rob Dunn
Shelly Miller

To examine the factors structuring bacterial and fungal diversity in 1,000 homes across the United States.
04/01/2012University of Colorado, Boulder

PI: Rob D. Knight

Co-PI(s):
Robert Van Pelt

To create a 3D map of the ‘Microbially Visible Home’ that includes both architectural components and microbial data
04/01/2012New York University

PI: Maria Gloria Dominguez Bello

Co-PI(s):
Humberto Cavalli
Marty Blaser

To examine the microbiomes of homes across cultures
11/01/2011University of Colorado, Boulder

PI: Norman R. Pace

To assess the microbiology of municipal water delivery systems in the U.S.
11/01/2011University of Colorado, Boulder

PI: Mark Hernandez

Co-PI(s):
Alina Handorean

To organize and convene three annual meetings on the microbiology of the built environment
07/01/2011University of Ottawa

PI: Keith Seifert

Co-PI(s):
Rob Samson

IM-BOL
07/01/2011Yale University

PI: Jordan Peccia

Co-PI(s):
Bill Nazaroff

To provide renewed support to examine the sources and character of airborne bacterial and fungal particles in the indoor environment
07/01/2011University of California, Berkeley

PI: Jill Banfield

Co-PI(s):
Michael Morowitz

To support a pilot study to examine the microbial profiles found in the air, water, and surfaces of a neonatal intensive care unit and compare them to the microbial profiles from the gut of premature infants
02/01/2011San Diego State University

PI: Scott Kelley

To conduct a pilot study to examine workplace environments using viral metagenomic analysis
01/01/2011University of California, Riverside

PI: Jason Stajich

MoBeDAC
01/01/2011The University of Chicago

PI: Folker Meyer

MoBeDAC
01/01/2011University of Colorado, Boulder

PI: Rob D. Knight

MoBeDAC
01/01/2011University of Texas, Austin

PI: Jeffrey Siegel

Co-PI(s):
Kerry Kinney

To investigate the microbial communities of retail stores
11/01/2010University of California, Berkeley

PI: Thomas D. Bruns

Co-PI(s):
Allen Goldstein
Edward Arens
Gary Andersen
John Taylor
Steven Lindow
William Nazaroff

BIMERC
09/01/2010University of Oregon

PI: Jessica Lee Green

Co-PI(s):
Brendan Bohannan
G.Z.Brown

BioBE
07/01/2010University of California, Davis

PI: Jonathan Eisen

Co-PI(s):
Hal Levin

microBEnet
10/01/2009Columbia University

PI: David S. Thaler

To support the early stages of development of molecular detection methods for microbes


Inactive Sloan Grants in the Microbiology of the Built Environment Program as of 7/7/2014.
Start Date Organization PI / Co-PI(s) Project Title
02/15/2014American Association for the Advancement of Science

PI:

To provide supplemental support for a one-day symposium on Microbiology of the Built Environment that was postponed due to the October 2013 federal government shutdown
05/01/2013University of Pittsburgh

PI:

To determine the changes in the microbial ecology of a hospital hot water system caused by the introduction of a secondary disinfectant
04/01/2012The University of Chicago

PI:

To develop a sampling strategy for studying microbial and viral communities in a new hospital during the final months of construction and initial phase of operation
03/01/2012American Society for Microbiology

PI: Ann Reid

To support a colloquium on the microbiology of the drinking water distribution system
07/01/2011The University of Chicago

PI:

To fund a pilot project to examine the microbiome associated with surfaces in the home
06/01/2011University of Colorado, Boulder

PI: Noah Fierer

To conduct a pilot study to examine the diversity and structure of bacterial communities in kitchens
01/01/2011Marine Biological Laboratory

PI: Mitch Sogin

(MoBeDAC)
11/01/2010University of Texas, Austin

PI: Richard L. Corsi

Indoor Air 2011
11/01/2010Yale University

PI: Jordan Peccia

Co-PI(s):
Jayne Morrow

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
09/01/2010University of Texas, Austin

PI: LeeAnn Kahlor

To determine essential baseline IE knowledge of experts and identify decision-makers
05/01/2010The University of Chicago

PI: Folker Meyer

To support a two-day workshop on data visualization, imaging, and repositories for the Indoor Environment Program
12/01/2009University of Oregon

PI: Jessica Lee Green

To conduct a case study of a health care facility examining the role of natural vs. mechanical ventilation on indoor air microbial diversity and abundance
10/01/2009Columbia University

PI: David S. Thaler

To design and examine new growth media to culture previously viable but not culturable bacteria
09/01/2009University of Illinois at Chicago

PI: David Eddington

To support a workshop of the Indoor Environment Grantees
05/01/2009University of Oregon

PI: Jessica Lee Green

To support a pilot study to examine biological diversity in the indoor environment
11/01/2008University of Colorado, Boulder

PI: Norman R. Pace

To provide renewed support to catalog the indoor microbial world
08/01/2008University of California, Berkeley

PI: Thomas D. Bruns

Co-PI(s):
Keith Seifert
Rob Samson

To develop fungal barcodes and use them to explore the indoor environment
07/01/2008Marine Biological Laboratory

PI: Mitch Sogin

To test and develop the rare biosphere as a field of study
06/01/2008Yale University

PI: Jordan Peccia

To explore the microbial ecology of the built environment
12/01/2007Rockefeller University

PI: David S. Thaler

To support the early states of development of molecular detection methods for microbes
11/01/2007University of South Carolina Research Foundation

PI: Alvin Fox

To explore occupied and unoccupied school rooms for microbes using proteomics
11/01/2007J. Craig Venter Institute

PI: Roger Lasken

To study microbial genomics in the indoor environment using the first robotic pipeline dedicated to high throughput DNA amplification from single cells
07/01/2007Marine Biological Laboratory

PI: Gary G. Borisy

To develop a novel combinatorial technology for imaging and distinguishing between members of a microbial community
07/01/2007Marine Biological Laboratory

PI: Mitch Sogin

VAMPS (Visualization and Analysis of Microbial Population Structures)
06/01/2007University of Illinois at Chicago

PI: David Eddington

To develop a microfluidic sieve to isolate and analyze individual microbes
06/01/2007Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

PI:

‘Single Cell Alternatives to Metagenomics in Environmental Microbiology’
02/01/2007University of Wisconsin, Madison

PI: Jo Handelsman

To support a pilot study to design and test methods for displacin screening
04/01/2006J. Craig Venter Institute

PI:

To support the Workshop on Genomic Aerobiology
01/01/2006University of Colorado, Boulder

PI: Norman R. Pace

To begin cataloging the indoor microbial world
10/01/2005Rockefeller University

PI: David S. Thaler

To design and examine new growth media to culture previously viable but not culturable bacteria
09/01/2004J. Craig Venter Institute

PI: J. Craig Venter

Co-PI(s):
Cynthia Pfannkoch
John Glass
Robert Friedman
Shannon Williamson

To examine the environmental genomics of outdoor and indoor air in New York City

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