Dr. Yuhe (Henry) HE

Ph.D. in Toxicology, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Staff title
Assistant Professor

Dr. Yuhe He obtained his Bachelor degree in Applied Biology and M.Phil. degree in Environmental Science at City University of Hong Kong. He moved to Canada and obtained his Ph.D. degree under supervision of Prof. John Giesy at University of Saskatchewan. His work focused on toxicological assessment on Oil Sands Process-affected Water (OSPW). After that, he worked with Prof. Greg Goss at University of Alberta on several aquatic contaminant assessment projects, including hydraulic fracturing flowback and produced water (HF-FPW), nanomaterial and nanopesticide, brominated flame retardants, and other emerging contaminants, using a variety of aquatic invertebrate and fish models.

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Research Interests

Dr. He is interested in how aquatic organisms respond when exposed to environmental contaminants and stressors. In particular, his research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that lead to toxicity in aquatic organisms exposed to various natural and anthropogenic chemical stressors at the molecular, cellular and organism level. He has keen interests in studying the emerging organic contaminants (eg. petroleum-associated organics, persistent organic pollutants, endocrine disrupting chemicals, etc.) using a variety of molecular and biochemical biomarkers on invertebrate and fish models. The areas of his expertise in aquatic ecotoxicology include endocrine disruption, oxidative stress, developmental toxicology, and reproductive behavior, particularly in small fish models.

Positions Available

There are several openings for research assistants, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with background of aquatic. Effective writing and oral communication skills in English are essential. Postdoctoral fellow candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology, Toxicology, Environmental Science, or a related field. Candidates for graduate studentships positions must have a Bachelor's degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Science, or a related field. Successful candidates will conduct research in toxicological and environmental assessment on emerging contaminants, preferably using small fish models. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their CV and research statement to Dr. Henry He, henryhe@cityu.edu.hk. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. The next intake of graduate student will be for the academic year starting from September 2020.

City University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially applicants who will enhance the diversity of our staff.

Recent Publications

  • He Y, Sun C, Zhang Y, Folkerts EJ, Martin JW, Goss GG. Developmental Toxicity of the Organic Fraction from Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback and Produced Waters to Early Life Stages of Zebrafish (Danio rerio). Environmental Science & Technology. 2018, 52(6): 3820-3830. Journal front cover.
  • He Y, Zhang Y, Martin JW, Alessi DS, Giesy JP, Goss GG. 2018. In vitro assessment of endocrine disrupting potential of organic fractions extracted from hydraulic fracturing flowback and produced water (HF-FPW). Environmental International. 2018, 121(Pt1), 824-831.
  • Folkerts EJ, Blewett TA, He Y, Goss GG. Alterations to Juvenile Zebrafish (Danio rerio) Swim Performance after Acute Embryonic Exposure to Sub-lethal Exposures of Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback and Produced Water. Aquatic Toxicology. 2017, 193, 50-59.
  • Folkerts EJ, Blewett TA, He Y, Goss GG. Cardio-respirometry disruption in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos exposed to hydraulic fracturing flowback and produced water. Environmental Pollution. 2017, 231(Pt 2), 1477-1487.
  • Quijada-Rodriguez AR, Schultz AG, Wilson JM, He Y, Allen GJP, Goss GG, Weihrauch D. Ammonia-independent sodium uptake mediated by Na(+) channels and NHEs in the freshwater ribbon leech Nephelopsis obscura. Journal of Experimental Biology. 2017, 220(Pt 18), 3270-3279.
  • Blewett TA, Delompré PL, He Y, Folkerts EJ, Flynn SL, Alessi DS, Goss GG. Sublethal and Reproductive Effects of Acute and Chronic Exposure to Flowback and Produced Water from Hydraulic Fracturing on the Water Flea Daphnia magna. Environmental Science & Technology. 2017, 51(5), 3032-3039.
  • Felix LC, Folkerts EJ, He Y, Goss GG. Poly (acrylic acid)-coated titanium dioxide nanoparticle and ultraviolet light co-exposure has minimal effect on developing zebrafish (Danio rerio). Environmental Science: Nano. 2017, 4(3), 658-669.
  • He Y, Folkerts EJ, Zhang Y, Martin JW, Alessi DS, Goss GG. Effects on Biotransformation, Oxidative Stress, and Endocrine Disruption in Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Exposed to Hydraulic Fracturing Flowback and Produced Water. Environmental Science & Technology. 2017, 51(2), 940-947.
  • He Y, Flynn SL, Folkerts EJ, Zhang Y, Ruan D, Alessi DS, Martin JW, Goss GG. Chemical and toxicological characterizations of hydraulic fracturing flowback and produced water. Water Research. 2017, 14, 78-87.
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Dr. Yuhe (Henry) HE
Contact Information
Office: YEUNG-B5428
Fax: +(852)-3442-0688
Email: henryhe@cityu.edu.hk

Time slots for consultation

Research Interests
  • Aquatic ecotoxicology
  • Emerging organic contaminants
  • Molecular and cellular toxicology
  • Small fish models