image description

Workshop: Fungal Spore Identification from the Air

Thursday – Friday, June 13 – 14, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Taught by Payam Fallah, Ph.D.

This two-day basic workshop will introduce students to the science of mycology and fungal spore identification from the air. The three major phyla — ascomycetes, basidiomycetes, and zygomycetes — will be discussed. Some mycological techniques will also be covered. Students will look at air samples taken from outdoors/indoors and learn how to identify spores at genus level. A brief discussion on basic fungal biology, ecology, and taxonomy will be presented. It is the goal of this workshop that participants be able to identify common allergy-causing fungal spore types from the air such as Cladosporium, Alternaria, ascospores, and basidiospores, to name a few.

Payam Fallah, Ph.D., has worked in the field of indoor air quality (IAQ) since 2000 and currently manages an IAQ lab in Redmond, WA. He earned his graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: a doctorate in mycology in 1998 and an M.S. in plant pathology in 1994, working with fungal pathogens and their dispersal in the air. He also has a B.S. in agronomy from the University of Delaware (1990). In 1999, Dr. Fallah was a post-doctoral fellow at the Systematic Botany and Mycology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, MD. He has published more than 20 articles related to mycology, plant pathology, and indoor air quality and has served as a mold expert in several legal cases.

The workshop will be conducted at McCrone Research Institute in conjunction with Inter/Micro 2019. Register early; class size is limited. Tuition is $525 and includes lunch and refreshments for both days. Note: Inter/Micro Workshop attendees must also register for at least one day of speaker presentations.