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M-I Dept. Seminar / Erica Hartmann, PhD

When: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center, Auditorium, 303 E. Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Cynthia Naugles   312.503.0489

Group: Department of Microbiology-Immunology Seminars/Events

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Title:  Using the Microbiology and Chemistry of the Built Environment to Promote Indoor Environmental Quality

Erica Hartmann, PhD

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty Host: Alan Hauser, MD, PhD


The built indoor environment is enriched for antibiotic-resistant pathogens compared to natural outdoor environments. Using molecular and traditional microbiology techniques, my research assesses whether synthetic antimicrobial chemicals, often included in cleaning or building products, are indeed associated with decreased microbial viability. Using simplified microbial communities and microcosm experiments, we probe causal relationships between exposure to antimicrobial chemicals and the development of different resistance phenotypes and genotypes. Based on these findings, we are assessing new, bio-inspired approaches to controlling microbial communities. 




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