Lily Young, Ph.D.

Professor and Dean of International Programs Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological SciencesEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences
Work Foran Hall Room 308 New Brunswick NJ 08901 Work Phone: 848-932-6383
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Biographical Info

Dr. Young is a Professor and Chair in Rutgers Department of Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. She also serves on the EC-US Task Force on Environmental Biotechnology.

Research Areas

Examining the instrinsic ability of anaerobic communities from NY-NJ Harbor sediments todegrade alkanes and PAHs, and environmental factors which affect the activity Determining the novel microbial chemistry of the anaerobic pathways of naphthalene, methylnapthalene and phenanthrene by active consortia, and that of the alkanes by newly isolated pure cultures; Investigating methods to improve or enhance natural rates of biodegradation; Developing biochemical markers for assessing intrinsic biodegradation; Isolating novel anaerobes able to degrade additional petroleum constituents and other aromatic compounds; Characterizing the anaerobic toluene pathway in a denitrifying strain with a molecular genetic approach.

Scholarly Activities

  • 2001 Research Excellence Award, Board of Trustees, Rutgers Univeristy
  • 1999 Research Excellence Award, Cook College, NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University
  • 1996 Invited presentation to the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academy of Sciences (Advisory group to NAS President Bruce Albert, comprised of 100 buisness leaders) – Colloquium on “Water Resources for the 21st Century”; presentation title, “Environmental Biotechnology”

Recent Publications

  1. Young, LV, Wakelin, G, Cameron, AWR, Springer, SA, Ross, JP, Wolters, G, Murphy, JP, Arsenault, MG, Ng, S, Collao, N et al.. Muscle injury induces a transient senescence-like state that is required for myofiber growth during muscle regeneration. FASEB J. 2022;36 (11):e22587. doi: 10.1096/fj.202200289RR. PubMed PMID:36190443
  2. Castro, AE, Domínguez-Ordoñez, R, Young, LJ, Camacho, FJ, Ávila-González, D, Paredes, RG, Díaz, NF, Portillo, W. Pair-bonding and social experience modulate new neurons survival in adult male and female prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Front Neuroanat. 2022;16 :987229. doi: 10.3389/fnana.2022.987229. PubMed PMID:36189119 PubMed Central PMC9520527
  3. Young, LH, Hsu, CS, Hsiao, TC, Lin, NH, Tsay, SC, Lin, TH, Lin, WY, Jung, CR. Sources, transport, and visibility impact of ambient submicrometer particle number size distributions in an urban area of central Taiwan. Sci Total Environ. 2022; :159070. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.159070. PubMed PMID:36179847
  4. Martin, S, de Haan, L, Miro Estruch, I, Eder, KM, Marzi, A, Schnekenburger, J, Blosi, M, Costa, A, Antonello, G, Bergamaschi, E et al.. Pre-validation of a reporter gene assay for oxidative stress for the rapid screening of nanobiomaterials. Front Toxicol. 2022;4 :974429. doi: 10.3389/ftox.2022.974429. PubMed PMID:36171865 PubMed Central PMC9511406
  5. Bionic Pancreas Research Group, Russell, SJ, Beck, RW, Damiano, ER, El-Khatib, FH, Ruedy, KJ, Balliro, CA, Li, Z, Calhoun, P, Wadwa, RP et al.. Multicenter, Randomized Trial of a Bionic Pancreas in Type 1 Diabetes. N Engl J Med. 2022;387 (13):1161-1172. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa2205225. PubMed PMID:36170500
  6. Gomes, FE, Casanova, MI, Mouttham, L, Bannasch, DL, Park, S, Kim, S, Young, LJ, Daley, NL, Thomasy, SM, Castelhano, MG et al.. A genome-wide association study to investigate genetic loci associated with primary glaucoma in American Cocker Spaniels. Am J Vet Res. 2022; :1-8. doi: 10.2460/ajvr.22.07.0106. PubMed PMID:36170212
  7. Casanova, MI, Young, LJ, Park, S, Kim, S, Roszak, K, Leonard, BC, Blandino, A, Motta, MJ, Yiu, G, Li, JY et al.. Normal Corneal Thickness and Endothelial Cell Density in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta). Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2022;11 (9):23. doi: 10.1167/tvst.11.9.23. PubMed PMID:36156731 PubMed Central PMC9526363
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