Samuel Cochran completed his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Science in Environmental Science at Ohio State University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Public Health at The Ohio State University through a specialization in the Environmental Science Graduate Program. His research focuses on indoor microbial exposures and how these exposures relate to human health. He is especially interested in respiratory health and is working to publish on the effects of fungal exposure in the homes of asthmatic children. Previously, he has worked to characterize quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and digital PCR (dPCR) for quantitative identification of fungal and bacterial communities in indoor environmental samples. He has also collaborated with Nationwide Children’s Asthma Express Program by collecting house dust samples alongside nurse-led home visits and developing assays for clinicians to assess the health of the home.