Bioaerosols are aerosols made up of particles that carry living micro-organisms or molecules derived from living organisms, such as viruses, bacteria, microscopic fungi or molds, microalgae, pollen, hair or plant fragments. Dr. Caroline Duchaine, Canada Research Chair in Bioaerosols, is working to consolidate, develop and structure Canada-wide research on bioaerosols and share her research internationally.
Duchaine and her research team are developing new approaches to assessing human and animal exposure to bioaerosols. They are examining the behaviour and transport of bioaerosols, as well as designing and applying bioaerosol control technologies to limit their spread. They hope to determine new markers of exposure to bioaerosols. They will also help train scientists and foster knowledge transfer.