The importance of labels in curbing antibiotic resistance

Erica M. Hartmann

Northwestern University

Dr. Erica Marie Hartmann is an environmental microbiologist interested in the interaction between human-made chemicals and microbes. Her research career began at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she worked as on mass spectrometry-based methods for detecting microbial enzymes necessary for bioremediation. From Hopkins, she moved to Arizona State University where she was the first graduate of the interdisciplinary Biological Design PhD program. As part of her research there, she worked with environmental engineers to develop molecular methods to detect microbes in food, soil, and water samples. Following her graduation, she was awarded a Fulbright to study microbes that degrade the toxic, carcinogenic pollutants known as dioxins in France at the Commission for Atomic Energy. She began leading studies on the effects of antimicrobial chemicals on the microbes found in indoor dust at the Biology and the Built Environment Center at the University of Oregon and is currently continuing that work as an assistant professor at Northwestern University in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Antimicrobial chemicals have become a ubiquitous ingredient in the products we surround ourselves with—from kitchen utensils to children’s toys to the very materials from which we construct our buildings. As a consequence... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Erica M. Hartmann (Northwestern University)

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• Products and services, design for the environment, product declarations and labelling


TS-5 » Sustainable product design and labelling (09:45 - Tuesday, 27th June, Room H)

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