Masters Students

Ran Mei (梅然)

 


Education:
Peking University, Beijing, China, BS in Energy and Resources Engineering (2009-2013)
Current Research:
Microbiology of wastewater treatment process

 

Apeksha Tare (अपेक्षा तारे)


 


Education:
Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (IISER), Pune, India
5 yr BS-MS dual degree in Biology
Current Research:
Analysis of microbial communities associated with post-harvest storage of rice
 



Doctorate Students

Nakyung Kim






Education:
BS, Ewha Womans University, 2006
MS, POSTECH, 2008
Past Positions:
Institute of environmental and energy technology, POSTECH, 2008
Information Analysis Center, KISTI, 2009-2010
Current research topics:
Biological degradation of soluble microbial products using an aerobic trickling sponge filter reactor

Fangqiong Ling

Education:
BS in Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University; MS in Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Current research topics: Microbial Ecology in Drinking Water Distribution Systems and Premise Plumbing
Research interests:
Career outlook:
Contact info:
 

Jonathan Moor


 

Education:
BS in Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati
Current research topics: Biological ammonium removal in drinking water treatment processes
Research interests:
Career outlook:
Contact info:
 

Masaru Nobu (延優)













 

Education:
BS in Biology and Geology, Carleton College (2007-2011)
MS in Environmental EngineeringUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2011-2013)
Current topics:
Elucidation of microbial ecology driving anaerobic wastewater treatment and biogeochemical cycles using (meta)genomic investigation of uncultivated bacteria revolving around novel syntrophic and co-metabolic interactions and related energy conservation pathways
Research Interest and Career outlook:
Improving biology education
Elucidating anaerobic ecological interactions and energy conservation
Culturing microbial dark matter
Contact info:
masarunobu "at" gmail "dot" com

Ya Zhang






 

Education:
BS in Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University; MS in Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Current research topics:
Development of fast detection methods for total coliforms and E. coli
Antibiotic resistant genes present in drinking water distribution systems
Interests for research:
Developing and adopting molecular tools to help identification and monitoring of microbes present in water bodies



Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Huijie Lu

Education:
B.Eng. Tsinghua University 2007; Ph.D. Columbia University 2011
Previous positions:
Postdoc research scientist at Columbia University (Jan-Dec, 2012)
Current topics:
Mechanisms of pioneer bacteria attachment and biofilm development during early-stage biofouling
Roles of soluble microbial products in supporting heterotrophic growth in autotrophic nitrification reactors
Electric syntrophy
Research interests:
Water and wastewater engineering, environmental microbiology, systems biology
Career outlook:
My career goal is to obtain an academic position that allows me to conduct research on the applications of systems biology and molecular biology in environmental engineering. The overarching goal is to better understand the structure and function of microbial communities, and improve biological processes towards more energy and resource sustainability.
Contact info:
hl2409 "at" illinois "dot" edu

Dr. Kayleigh Millerick

Education:
B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Florida State University (2007)
M.S. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2009)
Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Jan 2014)
Research Interests:

Microbially-mediated redox reactions, bioremediation, drinking water treatment, emergining and persistent orgnic micropollutants, anaerobic metabolism
Current topics:
Water Treament Optimization Study with the City of Moline, Illinois (Joint collaboration with Professor Helen Nguyen)
Career Outlook: 
My career goal is to obtain a professorship at a university that would allow me to both teach students (graduate and undergraduate) and conduct research in the area of environmental microbiology.

Dr. Seoungdae Oh

Education:
PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013
Current topics:
Metagenomics of infant gut microbiome
Metagenomics of freshwater lake
Research interests:
Employing meta-omics to better understand microbial processes in natural and engineered biological systems

Dr. Zheng Xue (薛征)













Eduction:
BS in Environmental Engineering, Hohai Uninersity; PhD in Environmental Engineering, University of Toledo
Past positions:
Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Toledo
Current research topics:
Identifying pioneer bacteria for biofilm development in membrane bioreactors
Interests for research
Biofilm studies in engineered water and waster water systems
Interests for future career
Environmental scientist/engineer

Dr. Yang Zhang (from March 15, 2014)

Eduction:
BS in Environmental Engineering, Ocean University of China
MSc in Environmental Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology
PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Leuven
Past positions:
Researcher, Flemish Institute for Technological Research, Belgium
Current research topics:
Development, optimization and enhancement of near zero liquid-discharge wastewater treatment technology

Camila Carlos (starting April 2014)

Eduction:
B.S. in in Biology, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, Brazil (2007)
M.S. in in Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, Brazil (2010
PhD. D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology, University of Campinas - UNICAMP, Brazil (expected April 2014)
Current research topics:
Development of a rapid and quantitative genetic-based Asian carp detection method



Visiting Scholars

Dr. Takashi Narihiro (成廣隆) (May 2012 - present)


























 

Toyohashi Univ. Technology:
Toyohashi, Japan, BS (2000-2001), MS (2001-2003), and Ph.D. (2003-2005)
National Inst. of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST):
Post-doctoral Scientist, Inst. for Biological Resources and Functions, AIST, Tsukuba, Japan (2005-2007)
Post-doctoral Scientist, Bioproduction Research Institute, AIST, Sapporo, Japan (2007-2008)
Research Scientist, International Patent Organism Depositary (IPOD), AIST, Tsukuba, Japan (2008-2012)
Research Scientist, Bioproduction Research Inst., AIST, Tsukuba, Japan (2012-2013)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC):
Visiting Scientist, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC, IL, USA (2012-Present)
Managing Editor, Microbes and Environments, published by Japanese Society of Microbial Ecology and Japanese Society of Soil Microorganisms (2012-Present)
Senior Research Scientist, Bioproduction Research Institute, AIST, Tsukuba, Japan (2013-Present)
Current topics: Microbial ecology of wastewater treatment process, Isolation and characterization of yet-to-be cultured microorganisms, Nitrifying microbes in relict-niter bed ecosystem, Genomic and metagenomic analysis for syntrophic microbial community
Contact info: t.narihiro "at" aist "dot" go "dot" jp

Dr. Jiang Feng (Jan 2014 - Dec 2014)




















Education: 
BS in Atomospheric Science, Sun Yet-Sen University, China (1998-2002)
PhD in Environmental Engineering, Sun Yet-Sen University, China (2002-2007)
Professional Experience:
Rsearch Assistant, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, 2006-2007 
Posto-doctoral Scientist, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, 2009-2010
Current Position:
Associate Professor, School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guanzhou, China (2007- present)
Visiting Scholar, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014-2015)
Research Interest:
Sulfur cycle in wastewater treatment; Co-treatment of flue gas and wastewater; Sulfur recovery from oil refinery wastewater; Biofilm modeling; Membrane fouling; Sewer odor control.
Contact:
dr.jiangf "at" gmail "dot" com

Miss Yanping Mao (Jan 2014 - May 2014)

Education:

Current Position:
PhD student at Univesity of Hong Kong

Miss Cuiping Li (Jan 2014 - Dec 2014)

Education:
BS in Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University
Current Position:
PhD student at Tsinghua University



Past Members

MS students:

Konstantina Kagia 2011-2013 (UIUC)
Younghwan Shin 2011-2013 (UIUC)
John Jurvis 2011-2013 (UIUC)
Johnathan Moor, 2013 (UIUC)
Ya Zhang, 2012 (UIUC)
Joel Yong 2010-2012 (UIUC)
Weiwei Wu 2009-2011 (UIUC)
Fangqiong Ling, 2011 (UIUC)
Chee Kien Yong, 2008 (NUS)
Ezrein Shah Bin Selemate, 2007(NUS)
Rong Yan, 2006 (NUS)
Yan Hui, 2005 (NUS)
Zhijuan Ji, 2005 (NUS)
Emily ZY Lim, 2003 (NUS)
YY Lin, 2001 (NCU, Taiwan)
CL Huang, 2001 (NCU, Taiwan)
IR Lin, 2001 (NCU, Taiwan) 
SF Lin, 2000 (NCU, Taiwan)
MQ Zheng, 2000 (NCU, Taiwan)
BT Huang, 2000 (NCU, Taiwan)
SJ You, 1998 (NCU, Taiwan)

PhD students:

Peiying Hong (2009)
Chia-Lung Chen (2008)
Chee Meng Pang (2007)
Johnson K-K Ng (2007)
Man-Tak Wong (2007)
Jer-Horng Wu (2001)
Sheng-Je You (2001) joint supervised with Professor CF Ouyang

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Ching-Sung Tsai 2011-2013
Lin Ye 2012-2013
Chia-Chi Hwang 2009-2011
Xiangzhen Li, 2009-2011
Kaisai Zang, 2008-2010
Rui Zhang, 2007-2009
Qinglong Wu, 2006-2007
Stanley Lau, 2005-2007
Jer-Horng Wu, 2003-2006
Liang Zhu, 2003-2006
Yonghong Kong, 2003-2004

Visiting Scholars:

Professor Xin-xin Tung, National Taiwan University (Mar 2013-Aug 2013)
Dr. Hideyuki Tamaki (玉木秀行) 2009-2011
Dr. Kubota Kengo (久保田健吾) 2010
Professor Hong Chen, Zhejiang University, Jan-Apr 2011