Jessica Green, biologist, engineer, and ecologist, is founding director of the BioBE (Biology and the Built Environment Center). She focuses on understanding microbiomes in the built environment and how that knowledge can be used to design spaces and buildings to create a healthier, more sustainable world.
Watch Jessica Green's conversation with RWJF's Deborah Bae.
Why RWJF Cares
We know health happens where you live, work, learn and play, but recent knowledge about microbes is adding a new dimension. Jessica Green explores how an understanding of microbiomes in the built environment, combined with smart design, can create a healthier world.”
New research by BioBE’s Jessica Green indicates our phones and hands harbor many of the same microbes, suggesting that studying this “personal microbiome” on our devices could help us design the built environment to improve public health. Hear more from Jessica and RWJF's Deborah Bae.
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