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Lily Young Ph.D.

Professor and Dean of International Programs Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological SciencesEOHSI – Exposure Science
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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. Sainju, KD, Kuffour, A, Young, L, Mishra, N. Bullying-Related Tweets: a Qualitative Examination of Perpetrators, Targets, and Helpers. Int J Bullying Prev. 2021; :1-17. doi: 10.1007/s42380-021-00098-3. PubMed PMID:34124584 PubMed Central PMC8180542
  2. Schweinhart, A, Shamblen, S, Shepherd, C, Courser, MW, Young, L, Morales, B, Redpath, B. Gender differences in patient outcomes following drug abuse treatment in Afghanistan: Results from a new evaluation. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021; :108475. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108475. PubMed PMID:34119355
  3. Timko, C, Cucciare, MA, Grant, KM, Young, LB, Rossi, FS, Lor, MC, Woodhead, E. Patients With Alcohol Use Disorders and Their Concerned Others: Concordance of Lived Experience as a Moderator of Treatment Outcomes. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2021;82 (3):395-400. . PubMed PMID:34100708
  4. Hasan, MM, Noor-E-Alam, M, Mohite, P, Islam, MS, Modestino, AS, Peckham, AM, Young, LD, Young, GJ. Patterns of patient discontinuation from buprenorphine/naloxone treatment for opioid use disorder: A study of a commercially insured population in Massachusetts. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2021;131 :108416. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2021.108416. PubMed PMID:34098294
  5. Martens, T, Beck, RW, Bailey, R, Ruedy, KJ, Calhoun, P, Peters, AL, Pop-Busui, R, Philis-Tsimikas, A, Bao, S, Umpierrez, G et al.. Effect of Continuous Glucose Monitoring on Glycemic Control in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Treated With Basal Insulin: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2021;325 (22):2262-2272. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.7444. PubMed PMID:34077499 PubMed Central PMC8173473
  6. Prudhomme, T, Mulvey, JF, Young, LAJ, Mesnard, B, Lo Faro, ML, Ogbemudia, AE, Dengu, F, Friend, PJ, Ploeg, R, Hunter, JP et al.. Ischemia-Reperfusion Injuries Assessment during Pancreas Preservation. Int J Mol Sci. 2021;22 (10):. doi: 10.3390/ijms22105172. PubMed PMID:34068301 PubMed Central PMC8153272
  7. Tripp, JA, Berrio, A, McGraw, LA, Matz, MV, Davis, JK, Inoue, K, Thomas, JW, Young, LJ, Phelps, SM. Comparative neurotranscriptomics reveal widespread species differences associated with bonding. BMC Genomics. 2021;22 (1):399. doi: 10.1186/s12864-021-07720-0. PubMed PMID:34058981 PubMed Central PMC8165761
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