Sloan Early Career Workshop

Gilbert Lab is pleased to announce  the Sloan Early Career Workshop from  April 26-29th, 2016


Due to the concern over the Zika virus, the Alfred P Sloan Foundation in concert with the organizers have decided to cancel the current Early Career Workshop on Microbiology of the Built Environment in Costa Rica. We are sorry to have to report this, but when it comes to health concerns we cannot be too careful.

We are currently re-organizing, and are considering either Chicago as originally planned, or New Orleans. But we will let everyone know soon”.


The application form

The link to an application form is at the bottom of this page.

Please review all instructions prior to completing the application form.

Before completing the application form

Application deadline: January 30, 2016

Selection of participants

Participants will be selected through a competitive application process. The advisory committee will select 30 early career scientists based on the requirements below.

Interested candidates from any of the following disciplines, microbiology, medicine, building science, architecture or design, engineering, and computer science are encouraged to apply.


Applications are available online from October 26th, 2015 and will close on January 30th, 2016.

All completed applications must be emailed to by the due date. No late applications will be considered.

Applications must contain the following components:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A two-page CV
  3. Statement of Participation that includes:
  • Reasons for attending this workshop
  • Research background
  • Research goals for the next five years
  • A commitment to participate in the long-term (including participating in workshop questionnaires and evaluations)

Selection criteria

Candidates will be selected based on their contributions and impact of publications, awards/achievements, and public service.

Selected Applicants

All selected applicants will be notified in writing by February 16, 2016. Applicants will be sent a letter of invitation, which will explain their travel allowance. All travel expenses including airport transfers, flights, accommodation, and meal stipends (for meals that are not provided) will be reimbursed.


Science Paper 2014

Longitudinal analysis of microbial interaction between humans and the indoor environment
Simon Lax, Daniel P. Smith, Jarrad Hampton-Marcell,Sarah M. Owens, Kim M.Handley, Nicole M. Scott, Sean M. Gibbons, Peter Larsen, Benjamin D.Shogan, Sophie Weiss, Jessica L.Metcal, Luke K. Ursell, Yoshiki Vázquez-Baeza, Will Van Treuren, Nur A. Hasan,Molly K. Gibson,Rita Colwell,Gautam Dantas, Rob Knight, Jack A. Gilbert.

Science paper