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Erica Hartmann

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and (by courtesy) Medicine (Pulmonary Division)


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A322
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Center for Water Research


Civil and Environmental Engineering


PhD Program in Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences

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Ph.D. Biological Design, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

B.S. Cellular & Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding, at the molecular level, how microbial communities respond to anthropogenic chemicals and then using that information to influence real-world outcomes, especially by controlling the spread of undesirable traits (e.g., antibiotic resistance). This work falls into two main areas: observation of phenomena in situ and working with model systems in the laboratory. For the first, my lab collects samples in the field, such as by vacuuming dust in buildings, and uses shotgun DNA sequencing along with other -omics methods to detect genes or proteins of interest. We combine these data with analytical chemistry measurements to obtain statistical correlations between chemicals and traits of interest. For the second, we maintain and develop model organisms and bacterial communities to determine what responses are elicited by chemicals or treatments of interest. The ultimate goal for all of the work in my lab, whether focused on bioremediation or the prevention of antibiotic resistance, is to promote sustainability and protect public health.

Selected Publications

  • Arnold, William A.; Blum, Arlene; Branyan, Jennifer; Bruton, Thomas A.; Carignan, Courtney C.; Cortopassi, Gino; Datta, Sandipan; Dewitt, Jamie; Doherty, Anne Cooper; Halden, Rolf U.; Harari, Homero; Hartmann, Erica M.; Hrubec, Terry C.; Iyer, Shoba; Kwiatkowski, Carol F.; Lapier, Jonas; Li, Dingsheng; Li, Li; Muñiz Ortiz, Jorge G.; Salamova, Amina; Schettler, Ted; Seguin, Ryan P.; Soehl, Anna; Sutton, Rebecca; Xu, Libin; Zheng, Guomao, Quaternary Ammonium Compounds, Environmental Science and Technology (2023).
  • Shen, Jiaxian; McFarland, Alexander G.; Blaustein, Ryan A.; Rose, Laura J.; Perry-Dow, K. Allison; Moghadam, Anahid A.; Hayden, Mary K.; Young, Vincent B.; Hartmann, Erica M., An improved workflow for accurate and robust healthcare environmental surveillance using metagenomics, Microbiome (2022).
  • Hu, Jinglin; Shuai, Weitao; Sumner, Jack T.; Moghadam, Anahid A.; Hartmann, Erica M., Clinically relevant pathogens on surfaces display differences in survival and transcriptomic response in relation to probiotic and traditional cleaning strategies, npj Biofilms and Microbiomes (2022).
  • Webster, Tara M.; McFarland, Alexander; Gebert, Matthew J.; Oliverio, Angela M.; Nichols, Lauren M.; Dunn, Robert R.; Hartmann, Erica M.; Fierer, Noah, Structure and Functional Attributes of Bacterial Communities in Premise Plumbing across the United States, Environmental Science and Technology (2021).
  • Hu, Jinglin; Hellgeth, Nancy; Cabay, Chrissy; Clark, James; Oliaro, Francis J.; Van Bonn, William; Hartmann, Erica M., Towards understanding microbial degradation of chloroquine in large saltwater systems, Science of the Total Environment (2022).
  • Blaustein, Ryan A.; Michelitsch, Lisa Marie; Glawe, Adam J.; Lee, Hansung; Huttelmaier, Stefanie; Hellgeth, Nancy; Ben Maamar, Sarah; Hartmann, Erica M., Toothbrush microbiomes feature a meeting ground for human oral and environmental microbiota, Microbiome (2021).
  • McFarland, Alexander G.; Kennedy, Nolan W.; Mills, Carolyn E.; Tullman-Ercek, Danielle; Huttenhower, Curtis; Hartmann, Erica Marie, Density-based binning of gene clusters to infer function or evolutionary history using GeneGrouper, Bioinformatics (2022).
  • McFarland, Alexander G.; Bertucci, Hanna K.; Littman, Erica; Shen, Jiaxian; Huttenhower, Curtis; Hartmann, Erica M., Triclosan Tolerance Is Driven by a Conserved Mechanism in Diverse Pseudomonas Species, Applied and Environmental Microbiology 87(7):1-17 (2021).
  • Maamar, Sarah Ben; Glawe, Adam J.; Brown, Taylor K.; Hellgeth, Nancy; Hu, Jinglin; Wang, Ji Ping; Huttenhower, Curtis; Hartmann, Erica M., Mobilizable antibiotic resistance genes are present in dust microbial communities, PLoS pathogens 16(1) (2020).

Research areas

Environmental microbiology; microbiology of the indoor environment; built environment microbiomes; microbial responses to anthropogenic chemicals; bioremediation; antibiotic resistance; public health