Environmental and Public Health Microbiology Laboratory — St. Petersburg, Florida
Satellite image of a dust cloud from the Sahara Desert
United States military personal wait on an Afghanistan dust storm
Map showing tentative threshold values
NOAA HYSPLIT model back trajectory
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About the Laboratory
The microbiologists at the Environmental and Public Health Microbiology Laboratory (EPHML) develop analytical methods for the identification and quantitation of pathogenic microorganisms that can impact the health of humans and other organisms. This laboratory also develops methods for accessing aquatic, terrestrial and atmospheric drivers of toxins and disease outbreaks.
Key Analytical Capabilities
- Dust storm microbiology
- Microbial source tracking
- Antibiotic resistance
- Microbial community and metabolic variability
- Genotoxicity, mutagenicity and general toxicity
- Sample collection and identification Development
- Understanding environmental stimulants of outbreaks
- Standard, quantitative and Digital Polymerase Chain Reaction tempcyclers.
- Epiflourescent microscope equipped with a micromanipulator for cell counts and capture.
- 96-well plate reader and live/dead cell counter.
- BioLog† System – microbial ID and community analyses.
- IDEXX† System – specific and group microbial counts.
- Electrophoresis and Blot systems for DNA and RNA analyses.
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