Staff

Yaochun Yu

Dr. Yaochun Yu

Postdoctoral scientist

Department Environmental Chemistry

About Me

My research experiences cover the area of Environmental Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Microbiology and Ecology. Specifically, I conducted research in studying (1) the fate and transport of anthropogenic contaminants (antibiotics, PPCPs, PFAS, etc.) in environments, (2) the (bio)transformation products and reaction pathways, and (3) the microbial community structures and responsible gene functions. (Publication list)

Bacterial genomes encode hundreds to thousands of enzymes. Some of the enzymes have inefficient promiscuous activities against non-traditional substrates (e.g., organic contaminants). Promiscuous reactions can be patched together to form previously overlooked metabolic/co-metabolic pathways. Such serendipitous pathways are important in the context of understanding the fate of anthropogenic compounds in the environment. Here at Eawag, I aim to combine environmental molecular biology and advanced analytical chemistry approaches with synthetic biology tools to investigate the enzymatic degradation of various anthropogenic contaminants.

(Check my personal webpage here.)

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Projects

Characterization of candidate hydrolytic enzymes involved in pollutant biodegradation in stream biofilms
Eine grosse Zahl und Vielfalt von Chemikalien gelangen mit häuslichem und industriellem Abwasser in unsere Kläranlagen...

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Curriculum Vitae

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Address

E-Mail: yaochun.yu@eawag.ch
Phone: +41 58 765 5695
Fax: +41 58 765 5802
Address: Eawag
Überlandstrasse 133
8600 Dübendorf
Office: BU F20

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Focalpoints

Biotransformation of organic contaminants with emerging concerns

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