Shawn Gibbs
(812) 855-1090
PH 111C

  • University of Cincinnati, Ph.D.
  • University of Nebraska, MBA
  • University of Cincinnati, M.S.
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) - American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH)
  • PI, co-PI John J. Lowe., Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. 2016-2019.
  • PI, Institutional Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Egypt, 2016, Public Health.  Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Institute of International Education, 2016.
  • Fellow, Academic Leadership Program, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago, 2015-2016.
  • Director of Research, Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, Nebraska Medical Center/University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2009-2015.
  • PI, Institutional Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Libya, 2013, Public Health. PI: Ayman El-Mohandes then transferred to Shawn Gibbs. Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Institute of International Education, 2013.
  • U.S. Fulbright Faculty Scholar Award, Bi-National Fulbright Commission in Egypt. Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Institute of International Education, 2006-2007.
  • Co-Director of Dissemination Core, Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center at the University of Texas School of Public Health and University of Texas at El Paso, 2005-2008.
Research Interests

Shawn Gibbs, PhD, MBA, CIH is Executive Associate Dean and Professor with the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. Shawn has over a hundred peer reviewed papers in industrial hygiene and environmental exposure assessment, focusing on environmental microbiology and disrupting transmission of highly infectious diseases. He was a 2006 U.S. Faculty Fulbright Scholar to Egypt, and has been PI of three Public Health Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Programs (Egypt and Libya). His research has help determine national policies, procedure, and best practices to treat patients with Ebola virus disease and other highly infectious diseases; including patient transportation, waste handling/disposal, patient discharge, patient remains, PPE donning and doffing, decontamination, etc. Shawn previously had leadership roles in several organizations and centers, including development of the National Ebola Training and Education Center, funded by US DHHS. Shawn is co-PI of the Biosafety and Infectious Disease Training Initiative, a NIEHS funded consortium.

Selected Publications

(Selected articles out of over 100 publications; "+" indicates a student as an author)

Rosenberg-Goldstein, R.E., Kleinfelter, L., He, X., Micallef, S.A., George, A., Gibbs, S.G., Sapkota, A.R. 2017. Higher prevalence of coagulase-negative staphylococci carriage among reclaimed water spray irrigators. Science of the Total Environment. 595: 35-40.

Herstein, J.J., Biddinger, P.D., Gibbs, S.G., Le, A.B., Jelden, K.C., Hewlett, A., Lowe, J.J. 2017. Sustain ability of High-Level Isolation Capabilities among U.S. Ebola Treatment Centers. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 23(6): 965-967. DOI: 10.3201/eid2306.170062

+Le., A.B., Biddinger, P.D., Smith, P.W., +Herstein, J.J., Levy, D.A., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J. 2017. A Highly Infectious Disease Care Network within the United States Healthcare System. Health Security. 15(3): 282-287.

+Jelden, K.C., Gibbs, S.G., Smith, P.W., Hewlett, A.L., Iwen, P.C., Schmid, K.K., Lowe, J.J. 2017. Ultraviolet (UV)-reflective paint with ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) improves decontamination of nosocomial bacteria on hospital room surfaces. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene. 14(6): 456-460.

Paccha, B., Jones, R.M., Gibbs, S.G., Kane, M.J., Torremorell, M., Neira-Ramirez, V., and Rabinowitz, P. 2016. Modeling Risk of Occupational Zoonotic Influenza Infection in Swine Workers. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene. 13(8): 577-587. DOI: 10.1080/15459624.2016.1159688.

Jelden, K.C., Iwen, P.C., +Herstein, J.J., Biddinger, P.D., Kraft, C.S., Saiman, L., Smith, P.W., Hewlett, A.L., Gibbs, S.G., Lowe, J.J. 2016. US Ebola Treatment Center clinical laboratory support. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 54(4): 1031-1035. doi:10.1128/JCM.02905-15.

Herstein, J.J, Biddinger, P.D., Kraft, C., Saiman, Lisa, Gibbs, S.G., +Le, A.B., Smith, P.W., Hewlett, A., Lowe, J.J. 2016. Current Capabilities and Capacity of Ebola Treatment Centers in the United States. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 37(3): 313-318.

Neira, V., Rabinowitz, P., Rendahl, A., +Paccha, B., Gibbs, S.G., Torremorell, M. 2016. Characterization of viral load, viability and persistence of influenza A virus in air and on surfaces of swine production facilities. PLoS ONE 11(1): e0146616. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146616

Lowe, J.J., +Jelden, K.C., Schenarts, P.J., Rupp, L.E., Hawes, K.J., Tysor, B.M., Swansinger, R.G., Schweldhelm, S.S., Smith, P.W., Gibbs, S.G. 2015. Considerations for Safe EMS Transport of Patients Infected with Ebola Virus. Prehospital Emergency Care. 19(2):179-183.

Lowe, J.J, Hewlett, A.L. Iwen, P.C., Smith P.W., and Gibbs, S.G. 2015. Surrogate Testing Suggests that Chlorine Dioxide Gas Exposure would not Inactivate Ebola Virus Contained in Environmental Blood Contamination. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 12(9): D211-D215. doi: 10.1080/15459624.2015.1043058

Jelden, K.C., Gibbs, S.G., Smith, P.W., Schweldhelm, M., Iwen, P.C., +Beam, E., Hayes, A.K., Marion, N., Kratochvil, C.J., Boulter, K.C., Hewlett, A., Lowe, J.J. 2015. Nebraska Biocontainment Unit Patient Discharge and Environmental Decontamination following Ebola Care. American Journal of Infection Control. 43(3):203-205.