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Built Environment Health

This project aimed to advance the understanding of interactions among built environments, occupants, and microbiomes, and engage school community stakeholders to develop effective and sustainable strategies to maintain school environmental health. To this end, this project first involved K-12 students and teachers to collect environmental samples in their schools to investigate the abundance and dynamics of different microbiomes including pathogens in school environments. Second, this research modeled and analyzed pathogen infection risks at different K-12 schools for risk monitoring and decision-making, which considered the prevalence of pathogens such as the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-COVID-2) and its variants, occupancy and facility characteristics, and mitigation strategies. Third, facing the resurgent waves of coronavirus disease and the emergence of new infectious pathogens, communities, schools, and governments are wrestling with complex and high-stakes decisions balancing the benefits of in-person schooling, risks of virus spreading, and financial burdens of consistently implementing mitigation measures such as enhanced ventilations. 

U​nderstand Microbiome Distribution in Buildings 

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​Predictive Modeling and Room-Level Infection Risk Visualization

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