January 26, 2023
Did your home experience water damage from Hurricane Ian? Have you or another adult in your household been diagnosed with asthma?  

If your answers to these questions are yes, you may qualify to participate in a new study being conducted jointly by the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Your insight will help researchers determine links between water damage, mold growth, and health status.  


Click Below to Join the study: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5ikf8DVgx04aiUe 


Dr. Ebrahim Ahmadisharaf, who is leading the study, is the co-director of RIDER’s Water Sustainability And Coastal Hazards (WaSCH) Laboratory. This lab conducts research on surface water quantity and quality, flood management, and sustainable water infrastructure systems. 


If you are selected to participate, your house will receive a complimentary mold assessment. Inspections will take place around February 8th, 2023 and last approximately 1-2 hours. Participants can be present during these inspections and schedule a time that works best. Only air, dust, and wall surface samples will be taken; there will be no harm done to the structure of the house. The inspection will test for over 40 mold species, and the results will be given to the homeowner in a comprehensive report.  

Additionally, each participant in the household will receive $40 in exchange for the completion of the inspection and preliminary survey. Your identity will also be protected by the Institutional Review Board.  

Participant criteria at a glance:  

  • Household must be non-smoking 

  • You or another adult in household must have asthma 

  • Must be homeowner or landlord 

  • House could have water damage or no water damage 

  • House must be located in Florida 

Anyone who meets the above qualifications is encouraged to click the following link and complete the short questionnaire. 

Click Below to Join the study: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5ikf8DVgx04aiUe 


After filling out this questionnaire, researchers will get in contact with you and work on scheduling the mold assessment.  

You can reach out to Dr. Ahmadisharaf with any questions by emailing eahmadisharaf@eng.famu.fsu.edu.  

Click here to learn about how else RIDER’s WaSCH lab is working to create a more resilient world.