ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Professional Summary

  • 2013-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health
  • 2011-2013, Instructor, Department of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • 2011-2013, Director of Public Health Training and Exercise Programs, Center for Biopreparedness, Biosecurity and Emerging Infectious Disease, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Education

  • PhD Medical Science, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • MS Molecular Virology, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • BS Biological Chemistry, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Research interests

My research areas are infectious disease microbiology, disaster preparedness, and environmental exposure assessment. My focus is on remediation of biological weapon contamination, highly infectious patient transport, nosocomial environmental contamination, environmental sampling, and gaseous decontamination. This includes source evaluation, source tracking, and decontamination methods to reduce exposure. My research utilizes a wide array of research techniques including molecular biology, environmental microbiology, bioinformatics, and training assessment. I have previously done work and I have ongoing projects in a wide range of environmental health topics from decontamination, highly infectious patient care, community-acquired pneumonia, as well as public health and healthcare disaster preparedness.

Selected Publications

  • Lowe J.J, Gibbs S.G., Iwen, P.C., Smith P.W., and Hewlett A.L. Decontamination of a hospital room using gaseous chlorine dioxide: Bacillus anthracis, Francisella tularensis, and Yersinia pestis. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2013;10(10)
  • Lowe J.J, Gibbs S.G., Smith P.W., and Hewlett A.L. Impact of chlorine dioxide gas sterilization on nosocomial organism viability in a healthcare setting. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2013; 10(6):2596-2605.
  • Lowe J.J, Hewlett A.L., Iwen, P.C., Smith P.W., and Gibbs S.G. Evaluation of Ambulance Decontamination Using Gaseous Chlorine Dioxide. Prehospital and Emergency Care. 2013; 17(3):401-408.
  • Lowe J.J., Gibbs S.G., Iwen P.C., Smith P.W. A Case Study on Decontamination of a Biosafety Level-3 Laboratory and Associated Ductwork Within an Operational Building Using Gaseous Chlorine Dioxide. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2012; 9(12):D196-D205.
  • Gibbs S.G., Lowe J.J, Smith P.W., and Hewlett A.L. Gaseous chlorine dioxide as an alternative for bedbug control. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2012; 33(5):495-499.
  • Lowe J.J., Panda D.B., Rose S., Jensen T., Hughes W., Tso F., et al. Evolutionary and structural analyses of alpha-papillomavirus capsid proteins yields novel insights into L2 structure and interaction with L1. Virology Journal. 2008; 5(1):150.
  • Ng’andwe C., Lowe J. J., Richards, P. J., Hause, L. L., Wood, C. and Angeletti, P. C. The distribution of sexually transmitted human papillomaviruses among HIV positive and negative populations in Zambia, Africa. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2007; 7(1):77.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science - Biology
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society of Microbiology
  • Public Health Association of Nebraska

Contact John J. Lowe
John J. Lowe, PhD

984388 Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, Nebraska 68198-4388
Phone: 402-552-3001
Fax: 402-552-7259
Email: jjlowe@unmc.edu

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