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Erica Hartmann

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering


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

Indoor Microbiology and Chemistry


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). To that end, my lab uses culture-based microbiological techniques, in conjunction with culture-independent genomic sequencing and mass spectrometry-based proteomics and metabolomics to characterize chemically induced effects on the indoor microbiome. These objectives feed into a larger program of research to include modeling the fate and transport of antimicrobials and other chemicals of concern indoors, as well as evaluating their impacts on microbial ecology and antibiotic resistance in real-world buildings.

Selected Publications

    Börnigen, D., B. Ren, R. Pickard, J. Li, E. Ozer, E. M. Hartmann, W. Xiao, T. Tickle, J. Rider, D. Gevers, E. Franzosa, M. E. Davey, M. L. Gillison, C. Huttenhower. 2017. Alterations in oral bacterial communities are associated with risk factors for oral and oropharyngeal cancer. Scientific Reports, 7:17686.

    Hartmann, E. M., R. Hickey, T. Hsu, C. M. Betancourt Román, J. Chen, R. Schwager, J. Kline, G. Z. Brown, R. U. Halden, C. Huttenhower, and J. L. Green. 2016. Antimicrobial chemicals are associated with elevated antibiotic resistance genes in the indoor dust microbiome. Environmental Science & Technology, 50:9807-9815.

    Hartmann, E. M. and J. Armengaud. 2014. Shotgun proteomics suggests multiple enzymes involved in dioxin degradation by Sphingomonas wittichii RW1. Environmental Microbiology 16:162-176.

    Hartmann, E. M. and R. U. Halden. 2012. Analytical Methods for the Detection of Viruses in Food by Example of CCL-3 Bioagents. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 404:2527-2537.


    Full list of publications on Google scholar and ORCID.

Research areas

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