Utah State University

Logan, Utah August 2022 Present

Assistant Professor

  • Managing a lab

  • Training undergraduates and graduate students

  • Writing proposals and applying for funding

  • Teaching courses

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin January 2021 – July 2022

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Identify enzymes for depolymerization and degradation of polystyrene to value-added products

  • Design engineered species to produce bioplastic precursors from dairy waste

  • Mentor graduate students and write grant proposals as PI or key personnel for corporations & government agencies

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, New York August 2019 – December 2020

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Integrated new and current advanced technologies to design synthetic microbial communities that degrade emerging pollutants

  • Served as a teaching fellow for Biochemistry Laboratory (Fall 2019 )

  • Supervised students in projects, and graded lab reports and homework

University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

Research Assistant August 2019 – July 2019

  • Designed and performed a novel and high efficient anaerobic membrane bioreactor for low strength wastewater treatment

  • Developed and managed three related research projects to investigate the impact of short HRTs and carbon sources on the specific affinity of anaerobic sludge and their community structure in AnMBRs

  • Conducted various analysis and simulations such as chemical analysis, data analysis, dynamics simulation, bio-decomposition model, Biowin simulation and technical report writing

Teaching Assistant January 2019 – May 2019

  • Led weekly labs for Fundamental of Environmental Engineering courses with 50 students in each lab

  • Prepared course materials including lectures and protocols

Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Jefferson, Missouri May 2017 – August 2017

Environmental Specialist

  • Managed water pollution enforcement case files for closure

  • Implemented compliance with water quality decisions in conjunction with permit holders for water pollution enforcement cases

  • Conducted cost analysis for compliance documents and completed case and summary memorandums

ALCLE Environmental Solutions, Inc.

Waterloo, ON, Canada June 2016 – September 2016

Project Manager

  • Served as a coordinator between North America and China for introducing high-efficiency anaerobic digestion inducted reactor (IBR) systems for commercial food and beverage waste/wastewater processing

  • Generated data sheets compiled from pertinent project cases, conducted local site selection investigations and environmental impact studies

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Xiamen, Fujian, China

Research Assistant August 2011 – June 2014

  • Elucidated how microbial community responds to human-caused environmental changes in a subtropical watershed and demonstrated that nutrient concentrations and stoichiometry were the key drivers of diversity patterns of bacterial communities.

  • Clarified relationship among pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) or between PPCP and environmental parameter in a subtropical watershed and developed sewage markers from selected PPCRs for sewage source tracking.

  • Illustrated the mechanisms underlying the assembly of prokaryotic communities (Bacteria and Archaea domain) in the salinity-influenced watershed and estuary and presented the biogeographic pattern of the fluvial prokaryotic communities.

  • Deciphered the assembly mechanisms of key ecological groups within communities in wastewater treatment facilities and provided the novel insights into the understanding of assembly dynamics in the artificial aquatic system.

Teaching Assistant July 2012 – August 2013

  • Led the courses for Biochemistry

  • Supervised students in lab projects, and graded homework and essays