Erica Hartmann Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests

The Hartmann lab studies microbes in the environment – both outdoors and in the built environment – to see how they are affected by anthropogenic chemicals. We use a wide variety of techniques, including traditional culture-based microbiology, molecular biology, analytical chemistry, and bioinformatics. With this interdisciplinary approach, we are answering questions about how human activities influence microbes, especially regarding antibiotic resistance. We are also investigating how microbes can be used to mitigate human health risks caused by exposure to toxic chemicals.

Selected Publications

Schrödinger's microbes: Tools for distinguishing the living from the dead in microbial ecosystems. Emerson J, Adams RI, Betancourt Román CM, Brooks B, Coil DA, Dahlhausen K, Ganz H, Hartmann EM, Hsu T, Justiice N, Lima IP, Luongo J, Lymperopoulou D, Gomez-Silvan C, Rothschild-Mancinelli B, Balk M, Huttenhower C, Nocker A, Vaishampayan P, and Rothschild LJ. Microbiome. 2017; accepted.

Antimicrobial Chemicals Are Associated with Elevated Antibiotic Resistance Genes in the Indoor Dust MicrobiomeHartmann EM, Hickey R, Hsu T, Betancourt Román CM, Chen J, Schwager R, Kline J, Brown GZ, Halden RU, Huttenhower C, and Green JL. Environmental Science & Technology. 2016 September 20;50(18):9807-9815.

Absolute quantification of norovirus capsid protein in food, water, and soil using synthetic peptides with electrospray and MALDI mass spectrometryHartmann EM, Colquhoun DR, Schwab KJ, and Halden RU. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2015 April 9;286:525-532.

Shotgun proteomics suggests involvement of additional enzymes in dioxin degradation by Sphingomonas wittichii RW1Hartmann EM and Armengaud J. Environmental Microbiology. 2014 January;16(1):162-176.

Quantitative PCR for Tracking the Megaplasmid-Borne Biodegradation Potential of a Model Sphingomonad. Hartmann EM, Badalamenti JP, Krajmalnik-Brown R, and Halden RU. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2012 June;78(12):4493-4496.

View all publications by Erica Hartmann in the National Library of Medicine (PubMed).