- Generate new knowledge by directly supporting original, high-quality research on the microbial ecology of the built environment.
- Build a thriving, multidisciplinary network and research community of biologists, engineers, architects, and technologists that will endure beyond the program’s timeline.
- Train the next generation of scholars and practitioners. An important component of this program is introducing new voices into the field and training the next generation of researchers.
- Develop community-wide research and data collection protocols, and norms.
- Advance capacity for discovery through development of new tools and resources for data collection, sampling, analysis, and visualization.
- Attract dedicated funding from federal agencies by demonstrating the existence of important gaps in our scientific knowledge and the potential for federal intervention to fill them.
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Interested scholars should submit a letter of inquiry of no more than two pages to program director Paula J. Olsiewski.
Microbiology of the Built Environment
Photo Credit: K. Seifert © Her Majesty the Queen in the Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada info A common component of house dust, Aspergillus glaucus thrives in low-moisture environments, making it ideally suited to the dry indoor spaces build by humans. Program Goal To grow a new multidisciplinary field of scientific inquiry focused on und…