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VAMPS MoBeDAC Portal
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Microbiome of the Built Environment
Data Analysis Core


The MoBeDAC provides a data repository and bioinformatics tools for analyzing molecular sequence data and for visualizing ecological and functional similarities between microbial communities in the indoor environment and other field sites.


Microbiology of Built Environment Workshop (January 6th and 7th, 2015) Wiki page.

Visualization and Analysis - A MoBeDAC centric VAMPS community visualization page.

microBEnet - an online destination for resources related to the microbiology of the built environment.

Listed below are some of the active Sloan grants in the Microbiology of the Built Environment Program:
(For a complete list visit: http://microbe.net/alfred-p-sloan-foundation/grantees/)
Link to the Sloan Foundation website for the Microbiology of the Built Environment.

  • Temporal and spatial variation of samples from a slow sand filter water purification system.
    (QIIME StudyID: 755)
    Primary Investigator: Sarah Haig; University of Glasgow
    more information...
  • Microbial communities of different organisms and areas of Peruvian villages.
    (QIIME StudyID: 1666)
    Primary Investigator: Maria Gloria Dominguez Bello; University of Puerto Rico
    more information...
  • Architectural design influences the diversity and structure of the built environment microbiome.
    (QIIME StudyID: 1345)
    Primary Investigator: Jessica Green; University of Oregon
    more information...
  • Microbial biogeography of public restroom surfaces.
    (QIIME StudyID: 1335)
    Primary Investigator: Noah Fierer; University of Colorado Boulder
    more information...
  • Evidence of widespread opportunistic pathogen contamination in Newborn Intensive Care Units.
    (QIIME StudyID: 386)
    Primary Investigator: Scott Kelley; San Diego State University
    more information...
  • Office Space Bacterial Abundance and Diversity in Three Metropolitan Areas.
    (QIIME StudyID: 1479)
    Primary Investigator: Scott Kelley; San Diego State University
    more information...
  • Characterization of airborne microbial communities at a high elevation site and their potential to act as atmospheric ice nuclei.
    (QIIME StudyID: 314)
    Primary Investigator: Noah Fierer; University of Colorado Boulder
    more information...
  • Forensic identification using skin bacterial communities.
    (QIIME StudyID: 232)
    Primary Investigator: Noah Fierer; University of Colorado Boulder
    more information...
  • Home Life: Factors structuring the bacterial diversity found within and between homes.
    (QIIME StudyID: 1772 and 1802)
    Primary Investigator: Noah Fierer; University of Colorado Boulder
    more information: ( Illumina MiSeq and Illumina HiSeq)
  • Goal of this study was to determine the composition and diversity of microorganisms associated with bioaerosols in a heavily trafficked metropolitan subway environment.
    (QIIME StudyID: 2029)
    Primary Investigator: Norm Pace; University of Colorado Boulder
    more information...
  • Human Hand Microbiome.
    (QIIME StudyID: 1563 and 1663)
    Primary Investigator: Jordan Peccia; Yale University
    more information: ( Bv3v4 and Bv4v5)
  • House Microbiome drives microbial landscapes of artisan cheesemaking plants.
    (QIIME StudyID: 1884)
    Primary Investigator: David Mills/Nick Bokulich; University of California Davis
    more information...
  • Surface Microbes in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Changes with Routine Cleaning and Over Time.
    (QIIME StudyID: 1798)
    Primary Investigator: David Mills/Nick Bokulich; University of California Davis
    more information...
  • Bacterial Communities on Fresh Produce.
    (QIIME StudyID: 1671)
    Primary Investigator: Noah Fierer; University of Colorado Boulder
    more information...
  • Kitchen Surfaces in Four Homes.
    (QIIME StudyID: 1566)
    Primary Investigator: Noah Fierer; University of Colorado Boulder
    This study is divided into four sub-projects
    more information...

  • The House Dust Fungal Microbiome – Influences and Effects.
    Primary Investigator: Susan V. Lynch; University of California San Francisco
    more information...

  • The Effects of Surface pH on Microbial Community Composition and Susceptibility to Invasion.
    Primary Investigator: Roberto Kolter; Harvard Medical School
    more information...

  • Qualitative Building Moisture Characteristics and Microbial Diversity.
    Primary Investigator: Jordan Peccia; Yale University
    more information...

  • Microbial Ecology Dynamics of Hospital Premise Plumbing Following the Introduction of an On-Site Monochloramine Disinfection System.
    Primary Investigator: Kyle Bibby; University of Pittsburgh
    more information...

  • Analysis of the ICU Room Environment as a Source of Microorganisms Colonizing the GI Tract of Premature Infants.
    Primary Investigator: Jill Banfield; UC Berkeley
    more information...

  • Hospital Microbiome Study.
    Primary Investigator: Jack Gilbert; University of Chicago
    project website
    more information...

  • Transmission and Alteration of the Human Microbiome by Urban Public Transportation Systems.
    Primary Investigator: Curtis Huttenhower; Harvard Public School of Health
    more information...

  • Effect of Pipe Materials, Water Flow, and Chemistry on the Building Plumbing Microbiome.
    Primary Investigator: Amy Pruden; Virginia Tech
    more information...

  • To Analyze and Model the Establishment of Microbial Communities Over Time on Different Office Surface Materials in Different Climates.
    Primary Investigator: Greg Caporaso; Northern Arizona University
    more information...

  • To Design Improved Testing Methods for Common Building Materials.
    Primary Investigator: James Scott; University of Toronto
    more information...

  • Airborne Microbiome Before and After Weatherization.
    Primary Investigator: Largus Angenent; Cornell University
    more information...

  • Microbial Diversity in 1,000 Homes Across the United States.
    Primary Investigator: Noah Fierer; CU Boulder
    more information...

  • Microbial Visible Home.
    Primary Investigator: Rob Knight; CU Boulder
    more information...