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February Technical Meeting

  • 13 Feb 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Hybrid-Zoom &/or UMD School of Public Health


  • Tentative schedule:

    6PM arrival and food
    6:10 General Introductions
    6:15-7:15 presentation and questions (virtual and in-person)
    7:15 - 7:45 Lab Tour (in-person only)

    Pizza, salad and drinks from Ledo’s Pizza will be served for in person attendees.

Registration is closed

February Technical Meeting

2/13/23 from 6-8pm (virtual starts at 6:15)

Gesundheit! Studying Airborne Infectious Disease Transmission w/laboratory tour

Dr. Donald Milton & Dr. Kristen Coleman

University of Maryland Aerosolized Viruses

This will be a Hybrid event. 

In person participants will attend lecture and lab tour.  All other participants will participate via Zoom. 

In Person participation is limited to 12 participants. Pizza, salad, and drinks from Ledo's Pizza will be served.

Drs. Milton and Coleman study how infectious diseases are transmitted through the air.  Their unique use of environmental and breath sampling provides new insights into human viral shedding during breathing, talking, and singing to the amount, size, and type of viral exposures in the air. They also study the engineering controls that may be effective to prevent disease transmission. 

Laboratory Tour:

The laboratory supports studies of: airborne infection transmission, influenza epidemiology, bioaerosol exposure in asthma, non-invasive monitoring of exhaled biomarkers, the role of germicidal ultraviolet light (gUV) devices in disinfection of airborne pathogens. Capabilities of the lab include culturing viruses, RT-qPCR, analysis of exhaled breath particles, bioaerosol sampling and immunoassay.

Speakers:  Donald K. Milton, MD, DrPH, MPower Professor and Director of the Public Health Aerobiology Laboratory (PHABLab) and Kristen Coleman, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Health, Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Sciences (MIAEH)

Donald K. Milton, MD, DrPHis a Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, with a secondary appointment in the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Medicine. An internationally recognized expert on the aerobiology of respiratory viruses, Dr. Milton developed the concept of using indoor CO2 to directly measure rebreathed air and airborne infection risk. He is the Principal Investigator of the UMD StopCOVID study (investigating SARS-CoV-2 transmission) and of the newly NIH-funded Evaluating Modes of Transmission (EMIT-2) study, a 5-year $15 million UMD-UMB collaboration to perform randomized controlled trials that will define the modes and mechanisms of influenza transmission.

Kristin Coleman, PhD is an airborne infectious disease researcher with a special focus on the surveillance, epidemiology and transmission of respiratory viruses (e.g., influenza virus, adenovirus, coronavirus). She is a former senior research fellow in the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School and the Department of Medicine at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine in Singapore. Dr. Coleman has performed infectious disease research in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, and the US. She champions a One Health approach to understanding pandemic respiratory virus transmission and has authored several key research papers on airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Coleman is the first UMCP faculty member to be selected as the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) Institute for Clinical & Translational Research (ICTR) KL2 Clinical Research Scholar


Friedgen Conference Room,  Front Lobby, University of Maryland School of Public Health, 4200 Valley Road, College Park, MD

Parking at meters on the right prior to reaching the SPH, and also directly in front of building require payment (approx $3/hour)

Please arrive early to allow ample time for traffic and parking.

Tentative Schedule:

6:00 PM - Arrival and Food

6:10 PM - General Introductions

6:15-7:15 PM - Presentation and questions (virtual and in-person)

7:15-7:45 PM - Lab tour (in-person only)

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