Dr. Charlene Bayer is the Chairman and Chief Science Officer at Hygieia Sciences, and is a Principal Research Scientist with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Hygieia Sciences is an advanced research and development organization focused on both the next generation healthcare diagnostics platforms and advanced indoor environmental quality R&D and health in buildings. Dr. Bayer is also the Vice Chair for ASHRAE TC2.3, a committee focused on gas-phase filtration in buildings, and a founder of the Health in Buildings Roundtable (HiBR), an interdisciplinary group focused on promoting research into human-centered design in buildings. She is on the USGBC IAQ Performance Workgroup and EQ Tag. For more than 30 years, she has led research programs investigating many aspects of the indoor environment, exposures, and health impacts, such as asthma exacerbation., such as building diagnostics; product emissions; contaminant sources identification and control; air cleaner technology development; strategic ventilation strategies; effects of airborne exposures on asthma and respiratory health; schools indoor air quality; real-time instrumentation development, methods development for airborne species; methodology development for measurement of gas-phase filtration removal efficiency; indoor air quality management plans development; and interfacing indoor air quality and energy efficiency. Her research is conducted for a wide variety of industrial and governmental sponsors much of this research being multi-university/partner research efforts. Her research team has investigated indoor environmental quality in more than 50 buildings and 30 schools. Dr. Bayer leads a research program, both in a multi-university setting and within Hygieia Sciences, in the development of breath analysis as a means of disease detection, particularly for breast and lung cancer detection, and exposure assessment. Dr. Bayer is the holder of multiple patents and is the author and presenter of more than 150 technical papers, including one of the co-authors of the National Academies of Science report Green Schools: Attributes for Health and Learning.
She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Emory University in Organic Chemistry and a B.S. from Baylor University in Chemistry.