Karen Dannemiller

Assistant Professor
  • Assistant Professor, COPH -Environmental Health Sci
    Assistant Professor, Civil, Envir & Geod Eng
Dr. Dannemiller’s interdisciplinary research integrates engineering with microbiology and addresses emerging health challenges and environmental concerns using –omics approaches. Within the indoor environment, we are simultaneously exposed to thousands of chemicals and microorganisms which compose our indoor exposome, and these exposures are different from those of our ancestors. Broadly, the goal of her work is to understand these exposures, their sources, and their impact on human health. Dr. Dannemiller’s background combines training in both engineering and public health to tackle difficult questions, particularly with regards to exposures in the built environment where we spend 90% of our time. Her work utilizes cutting-edge techniques including phylogenetics, metagenomics, proteomics, and transcriptomics for exploration of microbial communities and biological processes.

Research Areas:

  • Microbiome
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Human exposure
  • Asthma
  • Allergy
  • Indoor environment
  • Housing
  • Built environment
  • DNA sequencing
  • Phylogenetics
  • Transcriptomics

Recent ESGP Students:

1. Ashleigh Bope, MS

2. Sarah Haines, MS



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