Michael L. Muilenberg
B.S., University of Michigan; M.S., University of Michigan, 1978
We encounter a variety of airborne pollutants and particles with every breath we take; some can be harmful, many are not. I am interested in airborne particles of biological origin and their effects on the human respiratory system. These particles include: pollen, fungal spores, allergenic particles shed by animals (both those we invite into our homes, such as cats and dogs, as well as aeroallergens from uninvited “guests” such as dust mites and cockroaches), as well as a variety of other plant and animal emanations. My focus has been on allergen-containing particles; those causing allergies or asthma, as compared to infectious organisms. Identifying novel particles and finding ways to more accurately determine human exposures is an ongoing area of my research.
Pongracic JA, O’Connor GT, Muilenberg ML, Vaughn B, Gold DR, Kattan M, Morgan WJ, Gruchalla RS, Smartt E, Mitchell HE. Differential effects of outdoor versus indoor fungal spores on asthma morbidity in inner-city children. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010; 125(3): 593-599.
Muilenberg ML. Bioaerosol Sampling and Analytical Techniques. In: Air Sampling Technologies: Principles and Applications. ACGIH, Cincinnati, Ohio. (online: http://www.acgih.org/store/ProductDetail.cfm?id=2096) 2009.
Peters JL, Muilenberg ML, Burge HA, Rogers CA, Spengler JD. Alternaria measures in inner-city low-income housing by immunoassay and culture based analysis. Ann Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2008;100(4):364-9.
Muilenberg ML. Sampling Devices. In: Weber, RW, ed. Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America. 2003;23(3):337-355.
Muilenberg ML. The outdoor aerosol. In: Burge HA, ed. Bioaerosols, Boca Raton: CRC Press, 1995:163-204.