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Karen Bartlett

School of Population & Public Health (Occupational and Environmental Health);
Associate Member, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine;
Faculty Associate, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Faculty of Science

Name: Karen Bartlett
Title: Professor; MScOEH Graduate Program Director
Degrees: BSc (1973) University of Victoria, MSc (1994) University of British Columbia [Occupational Hygiene], PhD (2000) University of British Columbia [Interdisciplinary Studies]
Office: LPC 364
Phone: (604) 822-6019
Fax: (604) 822-9588
Email: kbartlet@interchange.ubc.ca

Research Interests

  • Bioaerosols
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Occupational hygiene
  • Indoor air quality
  • Impact of the built environment
  • Environmental hygiene

Current Research

  • Emerging infectious disease in British Columbia (Cryptococcus gattii)
  • Metabolic products of fungai growth on building materials
  • Comparison of field methods for bioaerosol characterization
  • Antifungal agents in vivo and in vitro
  • Assessing Bioaerosol Exposures to Compost Workers from thermophilic organisms
  • Pathogen loading of surface water impacted by agricultural land use
  • Microbial removal by slow sand filtration

Bridge Grad Students

Other Grad Students

  • Andrea Griffiths; BSc (Biology, 2000 Malaspina), MSc (Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2006, UBC), PhD student SOEH

Courses Taught

Current Courses Taught

  • OCCH 501/SPPH 535 Fundamentals of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
  • OCCH 540/640 Research and Practice 
  • BRDG 500 Thesis and Journal Seminar

Other Courses Taught

  • OCCH 595 Seminar in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
  • OCCH 506 Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Practice


Dimick-Ward, H, Beking, K, Dybuncio, A, Bartlett, K, Chan-Yeung, M. 2010. Respiratory health of two cohorts of terminal grain elevator workers studied 30 years apart. Accepted American Journal of Respiratory Medicine July 20, 2010.

Hachem, C, Chaubey, Y, Fazio, P, Rao, J, Bartlett, K. 2010 Statistical analysis of microbial volatile organic compounds in an experimental project: identification and transport analysis. Indoor and Built Environment 19(2): 275-285.

Mak, S, Klinkenberg, B, Bartlett, K, Fyfe, M. 2010 Ecological Niche Modelling of Cryptococcus gattii in British Columbia, Canada. Environmental Health Perspectives 118 (5):653- 658 doi:10.1289/ehp.0901448.

Datta, K, Bartlett, KH, Baer, R, Byrnes, E, Galanis, E, Heitman, J, Hoang, L, Leslie, M, MacDougall, L, Magill, S, Morshed, M, Marr, K. 2009 Cryptococcus gattii: an Emerging Pathogenic Fungus in the Pacific Northwest. Emerging Infectious Diseases 15(8): 1185-1191.

Vanderzwaag, JC, Atwater, JW, Bartlett, KH, Baker, D. 2009 Evaluation of the Long Term Performance and Use of Biosand Filters in Posoltega, Nicaragua. Accepted: Water Quality Research Journal of Canada April 2009

Vanderzwaag, JC, Bartlett, KH, Atwater, JW, Baker, D. 2009 Evaluation of Field Testing Techniques Used in a Household Water Treatment Study in Posoltega, Nicaragua. Accepted: Water Quality Research Journal of Canada November 2008

Datta, K, Bartlett, KH, Marr, KA. 2009 Cryptococcus gattii emergence in Western North America: Exploitation of a Novel Ecological Niche. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases v. 2009, Article ID 176532

Hachem, C, Fazio, P, Rao, J, Bartlett, K, Chaubey, YP. 2009 Identification and Transport Investigation of Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds in Full Scale Stud Cavities. Building and Environment 44(8):1691-1698

Maal-Bared, R, Bartlett, KH, Bowie, WR. 2008 Dealing with Waterborne Disease in Canada: Challenges in the Delivery of Safe Drinking Water. Reviews on Environmental health 23(2): 119-133

Rao, J, Fazio, P, Bartlett, KH, Yang, D-Q. 2009 Experimental evaluation of potential movement of airborne mold spores out of stud cavities in full size wall assemblies. Building and Environment 44: 1568-1577

Do, R, Bartlett, KH, Dimich-Ward, H, Chu, W, Kennedy, SM. 2008 Biomarkers of airway acidity and oxidative stress in exhaled breath condensate from grain workers. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 178:1048-1054

Do, R, Bartlett, KH, Dimich-Ward, h, Chu, W, Kennedy, SM. 2008 Exhaled Breath Condensate Biomarkers of Airway Acidity and Oxidative Stress Among Grain Workers. Respiratory Medicine 102:457-463

Bartlett, KH, Kidd, SE, Kronstad, J. 2007 The emergence of Cryptococcus gattii in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. Current Fungal Infection Reports 1:108-115.

Nicol, Anne-Marie, Hurrell, Christie, McDowall, Will, Bartlett, Karen, Elmieh, Negar. 2007. Communicating the risks of a new, emerging pathogen: the case of Cryptococcus gattii. Journal of Risk Analysis 28(2): 373-386.

Upton, A, Fraser, JA, Kidd, SE, Bretz, C, Heitman, J, Bartlett, KH, Raverty, S. Marr, KA. 2007 First Contemporary Case of Human Infection with Cryptococcus gattii in Puget Sound: Evidence for Spread of the Vancouver Island Outbreak. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 45(9): 3086-8.

Risovic, V, Rosland, M, Sivak, O, Bartlett, KH, and Wasan, KM. 2007. Assessing the Antifungal Activity of a New, Oral Lipid-Based Amphotericin B Formulation Following Administration to Rats Infected with Aspergillus fumigatus. Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, 33: 1-5.

Bartlett, KH, Kidd, SE, Kronstad, J. 2007. The emergence of Cryptococcus gattii in British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest. Current Fungal Infection Reports 10(1): 58-65.

Kidd, SE, Chow, Y, Mak, S, Bach, PJ, Chen, H, Hingston, AO, Kronstad, JW, and Bartlett, KH. 2007 Characterization of Environmental Sources of Cryptococcus gattii in British Columbia, Canada, and the Pacific Northwest. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 73 (5):1433 – 1443.

MacDougall, L, Kidd, SE, Galanis, E., Mak, S., Leslie, MJ, Cieslak, PR, Kronstad, JW, Morshed, MG, and Bartlett, KH. 2007. Spread of Cryptococcus gattii from Vancouver Island and its Detection in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Emerg Infect Dis 13(1):42-50.

Kidd, SE, Bach, PJ, Hingston, AO, Mak, S, Chow, Y, MacDougall, L, Kronstad, JW, Bartlett, KH. 2007 Cryptococcus gattii Dispersal Mechanisms, British Columbia, Canada. Emerg Infect Dis 13(1):51-57.

Wasan, KM, Sivak, O, Rosland, M, Bartlett, K. 2006. Assessing the antifungal activity, pharmacokinetics and tissue distribution of amphotericin B following the administration of Abelcet and AmBisome® in combination with caspofungin to rats infected with Aspergillus fumigatus J Pharm Sci 96(7):1737-47.

Astrakianakis, G, Seixas, N, Camp, J, Smith, T, Bartlett, KH, Checkoway, H. 2006. Cotton Dust and Endotoxin Exposure in Three Shanghai Textile Factories; a Comparison of Samplers. J Occup Environ Hyg 3:418-427.

Chun, DTW, Bartlett, KH, Gordon, T, Jacobs, RR, Larsson, B-M, Larsson, L, Lewis, DM, Liesivuori, J, Michel, O, Milton, DK, Rylander, R, Thorne, PS, White, EW, Brown, ME, Gunn, VS, and Würtz, H. 2006. History and results of the two Inter-Laboratory round robin endotoxin assay studies on cotton dust. Am J Ind Med 49(4):301-306.

Becalski, A and Bartlett, KH. 2006. Methanol Exposure to Car Occupants from Windshield Washing Fluid: A Pilot Study. Indoor Air 16: 153-157.

Duncan, C, Stephen, C, Lester, S, Bartlett, KH. 2005. Sub-clinical infection and asymptomatic carriage of Cryptococcus gattii in dogs and cats during an outbreak of cryptococcosis. Medical Mycology 43: 511-516.

Kidd, SE, Guo, H, Bartlett, KH, Kronstad, JW, Xu, J. 2005. Comparative gene genealogies indicate that two clonal lineages of Cryptococcus gattii in British Columbia resemble strains from other geographical areas. Eucaryotic Cell 4: 1629-1638.

Leon, C. Taylor, R., Bartlett, KH, and Wasan, KM. 2005. Effect of Heat-Treatment on Fungizone-Induced Cytotoxicity within Human Kidney Proximal Tubular (HK-2) Cells and Aspergillus fumigatus; the Role of Phopholipases. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 298(1): 211-8.

Duncan C, Stephen C, Lester S and Bartlett, KH. 2005 Follow-up study of dogs and cats with asymptomatic Cryptococcus gattii infection or nasal colonization. Medical Mycology 43: 663-666.

Relevant Reports

Teng, J, Bartlett, KH, Klinkenberg, B, Morshed, M. Tick-borne zoonoses: proximate and distal determinants of tick-borne zoonoses and the management options to prevent their outbreak and spread. National Collaboration Centre for Environmental Health 2009.

Kodama, D and Bartlett, KH. Literature SDearch to Determine the Gaps in Knowledge of Indoor Air Pollutants. Report prepared for Health Canada May 2009. 63 pages.

Bartlett, KH, Atwater, J, Chow, Y. Assessing Exposures to Compost Workers from Airborne Biohazards. Final Report to WorkSafe BC H06-0088

Buckley, M, Bartlett, K, Bennett, J et al. The Fungal Kingdom, diverse and essential roles in earth's ecosystem. American Academy of Microbiology 2008

Low, D, Bartlett, K, Baudouin, J-L, Bougault, A-M, Brosseau, L, Ericson, P, Gardam, M, Janssen, R, McGeer, A, Briwn-Pallas, L, Stiver, G, Tamblyn, S, Tellier, R. Influenza Transmission and the Role of Personal Protective Equipment: An Assessment of the Evidence. Report prepared for the Public Health Agency of Canada 2007 (58 pages)

Bartlett, KH and Revely, S. Report on the indoor air quality and lighting post occupancy building evaluations of six, Leed-certified buildings. Report prepared for the EcoSmart Foundation November 1, 2006 (30 pages).

Bartlett, KH. Investigation of Occupational Exposures to Forestry Workers from Environmental Cryptococcus neoformans var. gattii. Report to the Workers’ Compensation Board of British Columbia, May 5, 2005.

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