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Estelle Levetin, PhD

Estelle Levetin, PhD
Department Chairperson of Biological Science
Professor of Biological Science
College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Biological Science
918-631-2764 Website Oliphant Hall Room 304

Education

PhD – University of Rhode Island BS – State College-Boston (UMass-Boston)

Bio

The research in Estelle Levetin's laboratory is largely in the field of Aerobiology, often considered the "microbiology" of the atmosphere. Aerobiology is the study of the movement of biological particles (bioaerosols) within the atmosphere or the indoor environment. Within the field of aerobiology, her focus has been on the study of airborne allergens. She is interested in airborne fungal spores, especially those spores that have been poorly studied in outdoor environments, such as basidiospores, smut spores, ascospores, and Penicillium/Aspergillus spores. Levetin also has an ongoing interest in conifer pollen allergens for the past 25 years. Mountain cedar (Juniperus ashei) pollen is one of the most potent allergens in the United States. Populations of mountain cedar occur in south central Oklahoma and Texas. Although none occur within 200 miles of Tulsa, her lab has presented evidence for significant concentrations of mountain cedar pollen being carried to Tulsa by prevailing southerly winds. Research in Levetin's lab has also focused on the identification of the specific allergenic proteins in mountain cedar pollen and related species of conifers.

Research Interests

Aerobiology
Fungal Ecology
Pollen Forecasting
Climate Change and Pollen

Teaching Interests

Fungal Biology
Medical Botany
Environmental Microbiology
Plant Anatomy

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Helfman-Hertzog, I. et al. “The Impact of Sharav Weather Conditions on Airborne Pollen in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv (Israel).” Aerobiologia (2018): 1–15. Print.

  • Flonard, Michaela, Esther Lo, and Estelle Levetin. “Increasing Juniperus Virginiana L. Pollen in the Tulsa Atmosphere: Long-Term Trends, Variability, and Influence of Meteorological Conditions.” International Journal of Biometeorology 62.2 (2018): 229–241. Print.

  • Green, Brett et al. “Landscape Plant Selection Criteria for the Allergic Patient.” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice (2018): n. pag. Print.

  • Schwartz, Ilan et al. “Molecular Detection of Airborne Emergomyces Africanus, a Thermally Dimorphic Fungal Pathogen, in Cape Town, South Africa.” PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 12.1 (2018): n. pag. Print.

  • Galán, C. et al. “Recommended Terminology for Aerobiological Studies.” Aerobiologia 33.3 (2017): 293–295. Print.

  • Mohanty, R. P., Buchheim, M. A., Anderson, J. & Levetin, E. 2017. Molecular analysis confirms the long distance transport of Juniperus ashei pollen. PLoS ONE 12 (3): e0173465.

  • Mohanty, R. P., Buchheim, M. A. & Levetin, E. 2017. Molecular approaches for the analysis of airborne pollen: A case study of Juniperus pollen. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 118 (2): 204-211

  • Molecular and Ultrastructural Detection of Plastids in Juniperus (Cupressaceae) Pollen. Vol. 98, Phytologia, 2016, pp. 298-10.
  • Levetin, E., W. Horner, and J. Scott. Taxonomy of Allergenic Fungi. Vol. 4, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, 2016, pp. 375-8.
  • Bunderson, L., and E. Levetin. Hygroscopic Weight Gain of Pollen Grains from Juniperus Species. Vol. 59, International journal of biometeorology, 2015, pp. 533-40.
  • Howard, L., and E. Levetin. Ambrosia Pollen in Tulsa, Oklahoma: Aerobiology, Trends, and Forecasting Model Development. Vol. 113, Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, 2014, pp. 641-6.
  • Weber, R., and E. Levetin. Allergen of the Month–Fusarium. Vol. 112, Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, 2014, p. A11.
  • Rivera-Mariani, F., K. Vysyaraju, J. Negherbon, E. Levetin, W. Horner, T. Hartung, and P. Breysse. Comparison of the Interleukin-1β-Inducing Potency of Allergenic Spores from Higher Fungi (basidiomycetes) in a Cryopreserved Human Whole Blood System. Vol. 163, International archives of allergy and immunology, 2014, pp. 154-62.
  • Weber, R., and E. Levetin. Allergen of the Month-Ustilago Maydis. Vol. 111, Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, 2013, p. A13.
  • Barnes, C., N. Alexis, J. Bernstein, J. Cohn, J. Demain, E. Horner, E. Levetin, A. Nei, and W. Phipatanakul. Climate Change and Our Environment: The Effect on Respiratory and Allergic Disease. Vol. 1, The journal of allergy and clinical immunology. In practice, 2013, pp. 137-41.
  • Rabito, F., S. Perry, W. Davis, C. Yau, and E. Levetin. The Relationship Between Mold Exposure and Allergic Response in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Vol. 2010, Journal of allergy, 2010.
  • Horner, W., C. Barnes, R. Codina, and E. Levetin. Guide for Interpreting Reports from inspections/Investigations of Indoor Mold. Vol. 121, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2008, pp. 592-597.e7.
  • Khattab, A., and E. Levetin. Preliminary Studies on the Effect of the Burkard Alternate Orifice on Airborne Fungal Spore Concentrations. Vol. 24, Aerobiologia, 2008, pp. 165-71.
  • Gillum, S., and E. Levetin. The Air Spora Close to a Compost Facility in Northeast Oklahoma: Part I – Spore Trap Sampling. Vol. 24, Aerobiologia, 2008, pp. 3-12.
  • Khattab, A., and E. Levetin. Effect of Sampling Height on the Concentration of Airborne Fungal Spores. Vol. 101, Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, 2008, pp. 529-34.
  • Levetin, E., and P. Van de Water. Changing Pollen types/concentrations/distribution in the United States: Fact or Fiction?. Vol. 8, Current allergy and asthma reports, 2008, pp. 418-24.
  • Bernstein, I., J. Li, D. Bernstein, R. Hamilton, S. Spector, R. Tan, S. Sicherer, D. Golden, D. Khan, R. Nicklas, J. Portnoy, J. Blessing-Moore, L. Cox, D. Lang, J. Oppenheimer, C. Randolph, D. Schuller, S. Tilles, D. Wallace, E. Levetin, and R. Weber. Allergy Diagnostic Testing: An Updated Practice Parameter. Vol. 100, Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, 2008, pp. S1-148.
  • Levetin, E., and K. Dorsey. Contribution of Leaf Surface Fungi to the Air Spora. Vol. 22, Aerobiologia, 2006, pp. 3-12.
  • Levetin, E. Methods for Aeroallergen Sampling. Vol. 4, Current allergy and asthma reports, 2004, pp. 376-83.
  • Newhouse, C., and E. Levetin. Correlation of Environmental Factors With Asthma and Rhinitis Symptoms in Tulsa, OK. Vol. 92, Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, 2004, pp. 356-66.
  • Levetin, E. An Atlas of Fungal Spores. Vol. 113, The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology, 2004, pp. 366-8.
  • Horner, W., E. Levetin, and S. Lehrer. Aerobiology. Vol. 18, Clinical allergy and immunology, 2004, pp. 125-49.
  • Van de Water, P., T. Keever, C. Main, and E. Levetin. An Assessment of Predictive Forecasting of Juniperus Ashei Pollen Movement in the Southern Great Plains, USA. Vol. 48, International journal of biometeorology, 2003, pp. 74-82.
  • Levetin, E., and P. Van de Water. Pollen Count Forecasting. Vol. 23, Immunology and allergy clinics of North America, 2003, pp. 423-42.
  • Burch, M., and E. Levetin. Effects of Meteorological Conditions on Spore Plumes. Vol. 46, International journal of biometeorology, 2002, pp. 107-17.
  • Levetin, E., and W. Horner. Fungal Aerobiology: Exposure and Measurement. Vol. 81, Chemical immunology, 2002, pp. 10-27.
  • Van de Water, P., and E. Levetin. Contribution of Upwind Pollen Sources to the Characterization of Juniperus Ashei Phenology. Vol. 40, GRANA, 2001, pp. 133-41.
  • Levetin, E., and P. Van de Water. Environmental Contributions to Allergic Disease. Vol. 1, Current allergy and asthma reports, 2001, pp. 506-14.
  • Levetin, E., R. Shaughnessy, C. Rogers, and R. Scheir. Effectiveness of Germicidal UV Radiation for Reducing Fungal Contamination Within Air-Handling Units. Vol. 67, Applied and environmental microbiology, 2001, pp. 3712-5.
  • Troutt, C., and E. Levetin. Correlation of Spring Spore Concentrations and Meteorological Conditions in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Vol. 45, International journal of biometeorology, 2001, pp. 64-74.
  • Levetin, E., C. Rogers, and S. Hall. Comparison of Pollen Sampling With a Burkard Spore Trap and a Tauber Trap in a Warm Temperate Climate. Vol. 39, GRANA, 2000, pp. 294-02.
  • Craig, R., and E. Levetin. Multi-Year Study of Ganoderma Aerobiology. Vol. 16, Aerobiologia, 2000, pp. 75-81.
  • Rogers, C., and E. Levetin. Evidence of Long-Distance Transport of Mountain Cedar Pollen into Tulsa, Oklahoma. Vol. 42, International Journal of Biometeorology, 1998, pp. 65-72.
  • Pettyjohn, M., and E. Levetin. A Comparative Biochemical Study of Conifer Pollen Allergens. Vol. 13, Aerobiologia, 1997, pp. 259-67.
  • Levetin, E., and R. Shaughnessy. Myrothecium: A New Indoor Contaminant?. Vol. 13, Aerobiologia, 1997, pp. 227-34.
  • Icenhour, C., and E. Levetin. Penicillium and Aspergillus Species in the Habitats of Allergy Patients in the Tulsa, Oklahoma Area. Vol. 13, Aerobiologia, 1997, pp. 161-6.
  • Portman, R., R. Moseman, and E. Levetin. Ultrastructure of Basidiospores in North American Members of the Genus Calvatia. Vol. 62, Mycotaxon, 1997, pp. 435-43.
  • Crotzer, V., and E. Levetin. The Aerobiological Significance of Smut Spores in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Vol. 12, Aerobiologia, 1996, pp. 177-84.
  • Levetin, E., R. Shaughnessy, E. Fisher, B. Ligman, J. Harrison, and T. Brennan. Indoor Air Quality in Schools: Exposure to Fungal Allergens. Vol. 11, Aerobiologia, 1995, pp. 27-34.
  • Shaughnessy, R.; Levetin, E.; Blocker, J.; and Sublette, K. L., “Effectiveness of Portable Air Cleaners: Sensory Testing Results,” Indoor Air, 4, 179-188 (1994).

  • Horner, W., E. Levetin, and S. Lehrer. Basidiospore Allergen Release: Elution from Intact Spores. Vol. 92, The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology, 1993, pp. 306-12.
  • Levetin, E. Identification and Concentration of Airborne Basidiospores. Vol. 30, Grana, 1991, pp. 123-8.
  • Levetin, E. Studies on Airborne Basidiospores. Vol. 6, Aerobiologia, 1990, pp. 177-80.
  • Levetin, E. Basidiospore Identification. Vol. 62, Annals of allergy, 1989, pp. 306-10.
  • Levetin, E., and P. Buck. Evidence of Mountain Cedar Pollen in Tulsa. Vol. 56, Annals of allergy, 1986, pp. 295-9.
  • Buck, P., and E. Levetin. Airborne Pollen and Mold Spores in a Subalpine Environment. Vol. 55, Annals of allergy, 1985, pp. 794-01.
  • Levetin, E., and P. Buck. Non-Allergenic Native and Cultivated Plants in Oklahoma: Landscaping Without Hay Fever. Vol. 52, Annals of allergy, 1984, pp. 166-71.
  • Buck, P., and E. Levetin. Weather Patterns and Ragweed Pollen Production in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Vol. 49, Annals of allergy, 1982, pp. 272-5.
  • Levetin, E., and P. Buck. Hay Fever Plants in Oklahoma. Vol. 45, Annals of allergy, 1980, pp. 26-32.

Conference Proceedings

Books

  • Levetin, E., and K. McMahon. Plants and Society. McGraw-Hill, 2016, p. 528.

Book Chapters

  • Levetin E. Airborne Pollen Prevalence in the United States. In: Grammer LC and Greenberger PA ed. Patterson’s Allergic Diseases, 8th edition. Kluwer Health Pub.

  • Levetin E. 2015. Aerobiology of Agricultural Pathogens, p 3.2.8-1-3.2.8-20. In Yates M, Nakatsu C, Miller R, Pillai S (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, 4th Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818821.ch3.2.8.

  • Hassett, C., W. Horner, E. Levetin, L. Wild, W. Davis, S. Lehrer, and J. Lacey. Fungi As Allergens. Vol. 1, Allergy and Allergic Diseases, Second Edition, 2009, pp. 963-8.

Other

  • Baxi, S., J. Portnoy, D. Larenas-Linnemann, W. Phipatanakul, C. Barnes, C. Grimes, W. Horner, K. Kennedy, E. Levetin, J. Miller, J. Scott, and B. Williams. Exposure and Health Effects of Fungi on Humans. Vol. 4, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, 2016, pp. 396-04.
  • Barnes, C., W. Horner, K. Kennedy, C. Grimes, J. Miller, S. Baxi, D. Larenas-Linnemann, E. Levetin, W. Phipatanakul, P. Williams, and J. Portnoy. Home Assessment and Remediation. Vol. 4, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, 2016, pp. 423-431.e15.
  • Levetin, E. How Well Do Counts Add Up?. Vol. 96, Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, 2006, pp. 764-5.

Courses Taught

  • The Fungi and Algae
  • Independent Study
  • Senior Seminar
  • Fungi & Algae Lab
  • Independent Research

Professional Affiliations

  • Mycological Society of America
  • International Aerobiology Association
  • British Mycology Society
  • Botanical Society of America
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
  • Pan American Aerobiology Association

Awards & Honors

  • Honary Member of the International Aerobiology Assocation
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology