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Microbiomes of the Built Environment

Welcome and Introduction

Edward Derrick, Ph.D., Chief Program Director, Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Paula Olsiewski, Ph.D., Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Plenary: Microbiomes and Worker Health: The Need for More Research

John Howard, M.D., M.P.H., J.D., LL.M., Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Administrator, World Trade Center Health Program, CDC

Panel 1: Indoor Microbiomes: The Diverse Microbial Communities Existing within our Buildings

Moderator: Donald Milton, Dr. P.H., Professor and Director, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, University of Maryland School of Public Health, College Park, and Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore

The Recent Field of Microbiomes of the Built Environment, and Potential Impacts on Building Design and Human Health
Jessica Green, Ph.D., Director, Biology of the Built Environment Center, University of Oregon

Drinking Water Microbiology and the Built Environment of Water Distribution Systems
Norman Pace, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado

microBEnet: the Microbiology of the Built Environment Network
Jonathan Eisen, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Evolution and Ecology, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and UC Davis Genome Center, University of California, Davis

Panel 2: How Do Microbiomes Differ Across Environments, and What Are Their Impacts?

Moderator: Ryan Colker, J.D., Director of the Consultative Council and Presidential Advisor, National Institute of Building Sciences

Globalization of the Microbiome: Tracking Microbes in Mobile Built Environment
Scott Kelley, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology, San Diego State University

Microbially Induced Corrosion and the Accelerated Deterioration of Critical Infrastructure
Mark Hernandez, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado

Microbes across Human Cultures
Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico; Associate Professor, New York University Langone Medical Center

Keynote Address: The International Space Station as a Microbial Observatory: Benefits for Long-duration Spaceflight and Our Understanding of Microbiomes on Earth

C. Mark Ott, Ph.D., Senior Microbiologist, Johnson Space Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Panel 3: Microbes and Human Health: The Direct Effects of These Communities on Our Health

Moderator: Gary Roselle, M.D., F.A.C.P., Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Cincinnati; Chief, Medical Service, Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center; and Director, National Infectious Diseases Service, Veterans Affairs Central Office, Washington, DC

Overview of the NIH Human Microbiome Project
Lita Proctor, Ph.D., Program Director, the Human Microbiome Project, National Institutes of Health

The Respiratory Effects of Dampness, Mold, and Dampness-related Agents in Buildings: What do we know? What can we do?
Mark Mendell, Ph.D., M.P.H., Staff Scientist/Epidemiologist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy

Communities Enriched by the Ill: The Hospital Microbiome
Jack Gilbert, Ph.D., Environmental Microbiologist, Argonne National Laboratories and Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Chicago
Major Ben Kirkup, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Department of Wound Infections, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

Panel 4: Understanding Microbial Communities in Order to Solve Environmental, Energy, Biosecurity, and Other Issues

Moderator: Todd Anderson, Ph.D., Director, Biological Systems Science Division, Office of Biological & Environmental Research, Department of Energy

The Nexus of Sustainable Water Infrastructure and Public Health: Can Microbiome Research Reveal New Ways to Keep Antibiotics Working?
Amy Pruden, Ph.D., E.I., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech

What Zero-energy and Prebiotic Buildings Have in Common
Jeffrey Siegel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto

Critical Capabilities for Biosurveillance and Monitoring Building Health
Jayne Morrow, Ph.D., Environmental Engineer, Biochemical Science Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Panel 5: State of the Field, and the Future

Richard Corsi, Ph.D., Chair and ECH Bantel Professor for Professional Practice, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin

Panel discussion on future directions
Moderator: Dr. Richard Corsi
Invited Panelists: Jessica Green, Norman Pace, Gary Roselle, Jeffrey Siegel, Jayne Morrow, and Donald Milton



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