Podcast-Brandon Boor, PhD and Jelle Laverge, PhD: Human exposure to indoor air pollutants in sleep microenvironments: A literature review

Episode 478 is about what air quality humans are exposed to in their sleep. Two fresh members of the science of indoor air quality field, Brandon Boor and Jelle Laverge, discuss what they found after a literature review on the topic.  

Podcast-Radio Joe Reports: Sloan Research to Practice Kickoff & IAQA

IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) Radio is hosted by Joe “Radio Joe” Hughes and Cliff “Z-Man” Zlotnik. Every Friday at noon ET the show is live. Joe Hughes is the President of IAQ Training Institute and Cliff Zlotnik is the President of IDEAZ, LLC. Every week they interview experts from the indoor air quality, building sciences and …

Applications being accepted for the 1st Microbiology of the Built Environment Gordon Research Conference

This should be really really good.  This summer there is a Gordon Conference (what should be the first of many) on Microbiology of the Built Environment. The theme of this meeting is Integrating Human Health with Building Microbiomes. The Chairs are Jordan Peccia and Jessica Green and it takes place July 15-20, 2018 at the University of …

So you want to run FACS on your microbiome samples…

So you want to run FACS on your microbiome samples… By Cara Pardon Although optimized for eukaryotic cell research, an increasingly common technique used in the microbiome field is Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS).  From sorting cells for single cell genomics to identifying the host range of a plasmid; from detecting metabolically active cells in …

Assessing biochemical activity and metagenomic codes to a “T”

We’re recruiting a student/postdoc for this project! If it sounds interesting, please contact the Huttenhower Lab! We were happy to hear that we’ve been funded by the Sloan Foundation to continue our study of microbes on the Boston subway. Our original study involved 1) identifying which microbes were resident in this built environment, 2) understanding …

Reports from #LAMG16 Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes

Collecting together here some reports from the Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes Meeting David Coil’s summaries Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics #LAMG16: Day 4 and Random Thoughts Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomes #LAMG16: Day 3 Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics #LAMG16 Report: Day 2 Lake Arrowhead Microbial Genomics #LAMG16 Report: Day  From me microbiology of the Built Environment session …

Emily Anthes on “Can science build the perfect workspace? ” #BuiltEnvironment #microbiomes

Windows, desks and employees are being wired up in a quest to create healthy, evidence-based environments. Interesting article by Emily Anthes in Nature: The office experiment: Can science build the perfect workspace? : Nature News & Comment It focuses on a collaboration between the Mayo Clinic and a design firm – Delos to create something called the …

The hot new 10 questions concerning the microbiomes of buildings will surprise you

Ok so I made this into Clickbait.  But you really should read this and that has nothing to do with me being a co-author. The paper is “Ten questions concerning the microbiomes of buildings” and it is in “Building and Environment” a journal that I am becoming more and more appreciative of every month.  The …

The Jefferson Memorialome? The Jeffersonome? The Jefferson Microbiome? A biofilm by any other name …

Who wants a new project?  Seems like they could use some microbiology of the built environment experts to provide additional help on this one:  Officials fret as fungi, algae and bacteria leave growing stains on hallowed stone. Source: A grimy, black biofilm is starting to cover the Jefferson Memorial, and it can’t be killed – …