Hui (Lisa) Yu

Assistant Research Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering


Dr. Yu is an assistant professor (research) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Temple University. Prior to joining Temple University as a faculty member, Dr. Yu was a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at University of New Brunswick (2012-2013) and Temple University (2013-2014). She received doctoral degree in environmental systems engineering from the University of Regina (2010). Her research focuses on toxicity and estrogenicity of emerging contaminants, fate and transport of persistent organic pollutants in environment, molecular characterization the microbial community composition. Dr. Yu has published 30 peer-reviewed journal papers.

Ph.D., Environmental Systems Engineering, University of Regina, Canada, June 2010
M.S., Environmental Engineering, Beijing Normal University, China, July 2004
B.S., Environmental Engineering, Beijing Technology and Business University, China, June 2000

Academic Appointment
Assistant Professor (research), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Temple University, Feb.2014-present
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Temple University, Jan.2013-Jan.2014
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering University of New Brunswick, Jan. 2012-Jan.2013

Recent Publications
Pierre-Louis, A., Yu, H., Shumlas, S., Van Aken, B., Schoonen, M., Strongin, D. (2015) Effect of phospholipid on pyrite oxidation and microbial communities under simulated acid mine drainage (AMD) conditions, Environmental Science & Technology, 49 (13): 7701–7708.
Li Z., Huang, G.H., Yu, H., Zhou, Y. and Huang, W. (2015) Critical factors and their effects on product maturity in food waste composting, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 187: 217.
Yu, H., Huang, G.H. Xiao, H.N., Wang, L., Chen W. (2014) Combined effects of DOM and biosurfactant enhanced biodegradation of polycylic armotic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in soil–water systems. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21(17): 10536-10549.
Yu, H., Huang, G.H., Wang D.L. (2014) Effects of soil properties and biosurfactant on the behavior of PAHs in soil-water systems. Environmental Systems Research, 3:6-16.
Van Aken, B., Quaranta, J.D., Mack, B., Yu, H., Ducatman, A.M., Ziemkiewicz, P.F. (2014) Environmental Contaminants in Coal Slurry Intended to Underground Injection in the State of West Virginia, Journal of Environmental Engineering, 141(1).
Li, S., Huang, G.H., An, C.J., Yu, H. (2013) Effect of different buffer agents on in-vessel composting of food waste: Performance analysis and comparative study, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A,;48(7):772-780.
An, C.J., Huang, G.H., Yu, H., Wei, J. (2012) Influence of short-chain aliphatic acids on the phenanthrene desorption and mobilization from contaminated soil, Soil and Sediment Contamination An International Journal, 21(2): 192-206.
An, C.J., Huang, G.H., Li S., Yu H., Sun W., and Peng K. (2012), Influence of uric acid amendment on the in-vessel composting process of composite food waste. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 87 (11), 1558-1566.
Yu, H., Huang, G.H., Wei, J. and An, C.J. (2011) Solubilization of mixed polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons through a rhamnolipid biosurfactant. Journal of Environmental Quality, 40: 477-483.
Yu, H., Huang, G.H. (2011) Combined effects of DOM extracted from site soil/compost and biosurfactant on the sorption and desorption of PAHs in a soil-water system. Journal of Hazardous materials, 190:883-890.
Yu, H., Huang, G.H. (2011) Isolation and characterization of biosurfactant and bioemulsifier producing bacteria from petroleum contaminated sites in western Canada. Soil and Sediment Contamination An International Journal. March, 20(3):274-288.

Research Interests
In vitro and in vivo bioassay for emerging contaminants
Microbial community characterization
Fate and transport of persistent organic pollutants
Bioremediation technology