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Faculty Profile
Yaqi You

Yaqi  You

Assistant Professor

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421 Baker Lab


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Environmental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University



  ERE 797 Research Methods in Environ. Resources Eng.
  ERE 620 Systems Microbiology and Biotechnology
  ERE 596 Emerging Contaminants
  ERE 580 / ERE 480 Fate and Transport of Contaminants
  ERE 132 Introduction to Environ. Resources Eng. (Guest Lecture)
  BTC 132 Biotechnology Orientation (Guest Lecture)
  Research Credits ESF 499 Honors Program
    ERE 498 Research Problem in Environ. Resources Eng.
    ENS 420 Internship in Environmental Science
    BTC 498 Research Problems in Biotechnology


Environmental Microbiome Research Lab

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Emerging contaminants have profound impacts on microbial communities, the heart of many ecosystems. My research goal is to understand responses of microbial communities to emerging contaminants in both natural and engineered systems, and to translate this knowledge to innovative solutions for resource recovery and reuse, ecosystem sustainability, and public health improvement.

  • Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Antibiotic Resistome and Mobilome
  • Environmental Health and Pathogen Exposure
  • Sustainable Food-Energy-Water Nexus
  • Sustainable Nanotechnology


Selected Honors and Awards

  • Emerging Investigator, Environmental Science: Nano (2023)
  • Faculty Fellow, Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems (2022)
  • Chancellor's Early Career Scholar, SUNY Empire Innovation Program (2021)
  • Best Paper, Environmental Science: Nano (2018)
  • Outstanding Poster, American Society for Microbiology General Meeting (2013)
  • Louis M. Brown Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering (2011)


Selected Awards Received by Students

  2023 Amina Mughal (PhD student) Great Lakes Research Consortium Small Grant
  2023 Amina Mughal (PhD student) ESF Alumni Memorial Scholarship
  2023 Amina Mughal (PhD student) Edna Bailey Sussman Fellowship (with Merit Award)
  2023 Hanyue Yang (PhD student) AEESP Travel Grant
  2023 Mohamad Hashemi (MS student) NYS GSEU Professional Development Award
  2023 Mohamad Hashemi (MS student) ESF GSA Research Grant
  2022 Hanyue Yang (PhD student) ESF O’Brien & Gere Scholarship
  2022 Hanyue Yang (PhD student) ESF Alumni Association Student Grant
  2021 Patricia Kerner (MS student) FEMS Congress Attendance Grant
  2020 Patricia Kerner (MS student) SIMB Diversity Travel Award



    Central New York Louis Stokes Alliance of Minority Participation Program (LSAMP)

    Syracuse University Interactive Biomaterials REU Program

    OCC Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)

    Technology Alliance of Central New York (TACNY)


Current Graduate Advisees

Mohamad Javad HashemiMohamad Javad Hashemi

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): You
  • Area of Study: Environmental Resources Engin

Amina Furrkukh MughalAmina Furrkukh Mughal

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): You
  • Area of Study: Environmental Science

Hanyue YangHanyue Yang

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): You
  • Area of Study: Environmental Resources Engin