Assured Bio Labs stays on the cutting edge of indoor air quality and microbial contamination of the built-environment using a variety of techniques. We talk to inspectors about what they need in order to do a better job in the field. We develop and patent new analytical methods and capture technology. Moreover, we conduct field trials with our new tests and sampling tools, by working for real clients who have to solve tough microbial contamination issues. Dr. Sobek, our President and Technical Director is a huge proponent of dovetailing the field and laboratory to identify combinations of technology and testing that uncovers root cause. He is also active in collaborative research with organizations like the CDC, Columbia University, and the NY State Department of Health. They tackle difficult research questions to better understand microbial contamination in the built-environment in relation to occupant health and well being. Assured Bio Labs is currently collaborating on the two grants listed below. Dr. Sobek also appreciates contributions from Assured Bio Labs clients with certain projects. Inspectors like Walter Carter, Steve Parkhurst, Irv Kraut and Larry Fowler have helped on various projects. If you would like to contribute in the future, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Type Research in the subject line.
HUDNYHHU002113 10/1/13 – 9/30/15
Healthy Homes and Lead Technical Study (P.I. Perzanowski)
Fungal exposure, allergic sensitization and asthma among middle-income children in NYC.
Using the NYC Neighborhood Asthma and Allergy Study cohort, this study will identify the major fungal taxa across selected homes in New York City and to develop a unique panel to quantify New York City-specific fungal burden and test for associations with allergic-sensitization and asthma in children. $722,378
CDC U01TP000582 (P.I. Perzanowski) 09/30/2013 – 09/29/2015
CDC Public Health Preparedness and Response Research to Aid Recovery from Hurricane Sandy
In New York City, domestic mold contamination has been one of the greatest concerns for public health officials and most common complaints of residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. This proposal will use cutting-edge molecular exposure assessment methods to examine the types of mold growing in homes following a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy and after remediation of those homes. These exposure methods will be used to examine the impact of these molds on poor respiratory health for asthmatic children living in these homes. $ 990,465