Indoor Environmental Consultant
Home Mold Inspection
Mikhail Sogonov, Ph.D., heals people’s homes by investigating potential biohazard problems in indoor environments. The main focus of his investigations is mold. Dr. Sogonov employs the two most important skills for resolving mold problems in buildings: knowledge of mycology and knowledge of construction industry practices.
Dr. Sogonov received his Ph.D. diploma on soil microfungi at the Moscow State University in Russia. Soil microfungi are essentially the same group of fungi as mold found in indoor environments. Even famous “black mold” Stachybotrys chartarum is frequently isolated from upper layers of soil. Dr. Sogonov received training from the top world experts in microfungi such as Dr. Walter Gams and Dr. Richard Summerbell at the CBS Fungal Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands, the largest fungi culture collection and research institute. In addition to completing his Ph.D. studies, he started working for the construction industry, developing skills in drywall work, carpentry, electrical issues, plumbing, and painting. This work became a lifelong professional career.
Dr. Sogonov has completed over three years of postdoctoral research at Dr. Rossman’s laboratory, working on a joint project between the USDA Agricultural Research Service and Rutgers University, and then joined one of the largest environmental analytical companies in North America, EMSL Analytical, Inc.
Years of experience interpreting laboratory results equipped Dr. Sogonov to start his own company. His innovation of the environmental assessment process was to offer “on site” (in situ) laboratory testing. Conducting laboratory analysis right at the place of inspection would incredibly increase efficiency of mold investigations, he argued, by achieving reduction of the amount of missing information and customization of the analysis. Most analyses in an environmental lab are done by using a light microscope. Simply enough, Dr. Sogonov’s solution was to bring a mycology expert and a microscope to the investigation site rather than send samples to the lab.