Microbiomes of the Built Environment: From Research to Application


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a report that examines the formation and function of microbial communities in built environments and the impacts of such microbial communities on human health. The study outlines a proposed research agenda and areas of focus that will assist in moving the field from research to application. Click here to download a PDF of the report for free.

Click here to download a four-page summary of the report – and click here to download a recap of the report’s research agenda and knowledge gaps.



Please click here to view an archived recording of the report release panel discussion, as well as to view the panel discussion’s slide deck.


The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are co-hosting the MoBE 2017 Symposium in the Fred Kavli Auditorium on October 10-12, 2017. This symposium will highlight recent MoBE research and explore emerging issues towards development of solutions-based approaches for bridging the gaps between research and application. Registration for this event is closed.

Please direct any questions or comments to builtmicrobiome@nas.edu and join the conversation on Twitter at #MOBEstudy!

This study was sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).