Lily Young, Ph.D.

Professor and Dean of International Programs Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological SciencesEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences
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. Rudokas, MW, McKay, M, Toksoy, Z, Eisen, JN, Bögner, M, Young, LH, Akar, FG. Mitochondrial network remodeling of the diabetic heart: implications to ischemia related cardiac dysfunction. Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2024;23 (1):261. doi: 10.1186/s12933-024-02357-1. PubMed PMID:39026280
  2. Verhoeff, K, Cuesta-Gomez, N, Maghera, J, Dadheech, N, Pawlick, R, Smith, N, O’Gorman, D, Razavy, H, Marfil-Garza, B, Young, LG et al.. Scalable Bioreactor-based Suspension Approach to Generate Stem Cell-derived Islets From Healthy Donor-derived iPSCs. Transplantation. 2024; :. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000005108. PubMed PMID:39024165
  3. Young, LJ. Turning Down the Food Noise: Blockbuster weight-loss drugs are revealing secrets in the brain about appetite and satiety, as well as pleasure and addiction. Sci Am. 2024;331 (1):36. doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican072024-oPr5Gvp2GiG52cVWgx0tT. PubMed PMID:39017507
  4. Montañez, A, Young, LJ. Extended Families Are Shrinking: People may have far fewer relatives by 2095. Sci Am. 2024;330 (5):90. doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican0524-90. PubMed PMID:39017201
  5. Srinivasan, S, Pustz, J, Marsh, E, Young, LD, Stopka, TJ. Risk factors for persistent fatal opioid-involved overdose clusters in Massachusetts 2011-2021: a spatial statistical analysis with socio-economic, accessibility, and prescription factors. BMC Public Health. 2024;24 (1):1893. doi: 10.1186/s12889-024-19399-5. PubMed PMID:39010038 PubMed Central PMC11251103
  6. Vigh-Larsen, JF, Junge, N, Cialdella-Kam, L, Tomás, R, Young, L, Krustrup, P, Mohr, M, Nybo, L. Testing in Intermittent Sports-Importance for Training and Performance Optimization in Adult Athletes. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2024;56 (8):1505-1537. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000003442. PubMed PMID:39004796
  7. Young, LS. Out of Many. J Trauma Nurs. ;31 (4):179-180. doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000794. PubMed PMID:38990871
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