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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. Boender, AJ, Boon, M, Albers, HE, Eck, SR, Fricker, BA, Kelly, AM, LeDoux, JE, Motta, SC, Shrestha, P, Taylor, JH et al.. An AAV-CRISPR/Cas9 strategy for gene editing across divergent rodent species: Targeting neural oxytocin receptors as a proof of concept. Sci Adv. 2023;9 (22):eadf4950. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.adf4950. PubMed PMID:37256960
  2. Zhang, C, Zhu, C, Turner, AM, Antonov, IO, Garcia, AD, Meinert, C, Young, LA, Jewitt, DC, Kaiser, RI. Processing of methane and acetylene ices by galactic cosmic rays and implications to the color diversity of Kuiper Belt objects. Sci Adv. 2023;9 (22):eadg6936. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.adg6936. PubMed PMID:37256949
  3. McManus, RM, Dungan, JA, Jiang, K, Young, L. How unexpected events are processed in theory of mind regions: A conceptual replication. Soc Neurosci. 2023; :1-16. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2023.2218620. PubMed PMID:37248725
  4. Warren, R, Young, L, Carlisle, K, Heslop, I, Glass, B. A systems approach to the perceptions of the integration of public health into pharmacy practice: A qualitative study. Explor Res Clin Soc Pharm. 2023;10 :100279. doi: 10.1016/j.rcsop.2023.100279. PubMed PMID:37234403 PubMed Central PMC10205534
  5. Gier, C, Shapero, K, Lynch, M, Spatz, ES, Young, L, Arlis-Mayor, S, Lampert, R. Exertional Syncope in College Varsity Athletes. JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2023; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jacep.2023.04.004. PubMed PMID:37227356
  6. Tran, N, Nishi, A, Young, LE, Endo, A, Cumberland, WG, Young, SD. The role of perceived health in retention disparity: A HIV-testing-related behavioral intervention among African American and Latinx men who have sex with men in the United States. Prev Med Rep. 2023;33 :102195. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2023.102195. PubMed PMID:37223563 PubMed Central PMC10201871
  7. Stolarski, AE, Wee, K, Young, L, LeBedis, C, Kim, J, Remick, DG, Bistrian, B, Burke, P. Application of Creatinine Height Index in Patients with Trauma for the Evaluation of Psoas Muscle Mass: A Clinical Validation Study. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2023; :. doi: 10.1002/jpen.2524. PubMed PMID:37218671
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