Yan's Environmental Microbiology Research Group @ CEE, U of Hawaii

Tao Yan, Professor
Ph.D. (2004) Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota

Office: POST 203E
Phone: (808) 956-6024
CV: (pdf)

Graudate Students

Prakit Saingam, PhD student (Spring 2016 ~ present)
Research:Bacterial pathogen decay kinetics in wastewater collection systems

Sabrina Diemert, PhD student (Fall 2016~ present)
Research:Bacterial physiological and geneteic response to intracellular iron and implications in disinfection (tentative)

Bo Li, PhD student (Fall 2016 ~ present)
Research:Next generation sequencing detection of bacterial pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in complex environmental samples (tentative)


Undergraduate Students

Theodore Uekawa (Jan. 2019 ~ present)
Research: Detection of contaminants in drinking water pipes

Lab alumni

PhD students:

Qian Zhang, PhD (Aug. 2010 ~ April 2015). Current position: Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota.

Lavane Kim, PhD (Jan. 2011 ~ July 2015). Current position: Assistant Professor at Can Tho University, Vietnam.

Yeping Ma, PhD (Feb. 2011 ~ Aug. 2011). Visiting student from Tsinghua University, China

MS students:

Zi Wang, CEE, Sept. 2013 ~ Dec. 2016. Current position: ControlPoint Surveying, Honolulu, Hawaii

Ale Ferrufino, CEE, Jan. 2013 ~ June 2014. Current position: McCormick Taylor, Baltimore, Maryland

Cindy Lee, CEE, Jan. 2009 - May 2012. Current position: PhD student at UH Manoa

Jennifer Steadman-Murphy, CEE , Fall. 2011 ~ Summer 2012. Current position: U.S. Army

Jessica Shelton, CEE, Jan. 2010 ~ Aug. 2011. Current position: AECOM, Honolulu.

Fan Feng , CEE, January 2008 ~ December, 2010. Current position: AECOM, Honolulu.

Dustin Goto, CEE, January 2008 ~ November, 2010. Current position: AMEC, Honolulu

Wendi Zheng, CEE, August, 2008 ~ August 2010. Current position: Pacific Commercial Services, LLC, Honolulu.

Postdoctoral fellow:

Dr. Xia He , (May 2013 - May 2015). Research: Microbial processes in the formation and degradation of FOG deposits in sewer pipelines. Current position: Research Associate, North Carolina State University.

Dr. Eulyn Pagaling, (Aug. 2011 - May 2014 ). Research: Microbial communities associated with sewer pipeline problems and identification of DNA markers for qPCR detection. Current position: Research Scientist, The James Hutton Institute, UK.

Dr. Mark Krzmarzick, (Aug. 2011 - Aug. 2012 ), Research: Natural dechlorinating microbial communties. Current position: Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Henglin Cui ,(Aug. 2011 - Aug. 2012 ), Research: fecal indicator bacteria and pathogens in tropical beach sand. Current position: Professor, Jiangsu Univeristy, China.

Dr. Kun Yang, (July 2011 - May 2013), Research: Effect of reclaimed water reuse in antibiotic resistence in soil microbial community. Current position: Associate Professor, Sichuan Univeristy, China.

Visiting scholars:

Dr. Chuanqing Zhong (Oct. 2015 - Oct. 2016). Research: Antimicrobial resistance in wastewater bacteria. From Shangdong Jianzhu University.

Dr. Guangxiang Cao, (April 2016 - Oct. 2016). Research: Horizontal gene transfer of antimicrobial resistance in wastewater and soil bacteria. From Shangdong Academy of Medical Sciences.

Ms. Yao Zhou, Visiting MS student (Dec. 2016 ~ June 2017)
Research: HGT potential of AMR gene in wastewater bacteria

Dr. Meiyan Xing (Oct 16 ~ Dec. 2017)
Research: Impact of anaerobic redox conditons on fate of bacterial pathogens and AMR.

Undergraduate students:

Kahaleali'i Muhlestein, CEE Undergraduate (Feb. ~ June, 2009).

Ross Nakahara,CEE Undergraduate (June ~ July, 2008).

High school summer interns

Ross Nakahara (June ~ July, 2008)

Shawntrelle Sookla (June ~ July, 2009)

Kevin Furuike (June ~ July, 2012)

Espir Jon Ingasalo (June ~ July, 2012)

Codie Matute (June ~ July, 2012)

Corie Yoshida (June ~ July, 2012).