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), nanopesticide, brominated flame retardants, and other emerging contaminants.

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Research Interests

Dr. He is interested in characterizing the occurrences, distributions, and transformations of emerging contaminants in the aquatic environments, and how aquatic organisms respond when exposed to these contaminants. In particular, his research combines a variety of chemical and toxicological tools to understand the exposure and toxic mechanism that leads to maladaptive responses in exposed aquatic organisms at the molecular, cellular and organism level. He has keen interests in studying the emerging contaminants in the estuarian and marine environments (e.g., flame retardants, liquid crystal monomers, fluorinated compounds, endocrine disrupting chemicals, etc.). The areas of his expertise in environmental chemistry and aquatic ecotoxicology include target and non-target chemical analysis, endocrine disrupting effects, oxidative stress, developmental toxicology, and reproductive behavior, particularly in analyzing complex environmental mixture and designing toxicity assessment experiment using in vitro cell lines, small model fish and aquatic invertebrates.

Positions Available

There are several openings for research assistants, Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows with background of environmental chemistry and toxicology. Effective writing and oral communication skills in English are essential. Postdoctoral fellow candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in Analytical Chemistry, 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 target/non-target analytical tools and small model fish/invertebrate. 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 2022.

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

  • Jin Q, Tao D, Lu Y, Sun J, Lam CH, Su G, He Y*. New insight on occurrence of liquid crystal monomers: A class of emerging e-waste pollutants in municipal landfill leachate. J Hazard Mater. 2022, 423(Pt B), 127146.
  • Sun J, Yang S, Zhou G, Zhang K, Lu Y, Jin Q, Leung KMY, Lam PKS, He Y*. Release of microplastics from discarded surgical masks and their adverse impacts on the marine copepod Tigriopus japonicus. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 2021, 8(12), 1065-1070 (Supplementary cover).
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  • Lu Y, Zhang Y, Zhong C, Martin JW, Alessi DS, Goss GG, Ren Y, He Y*. Suspended solids-associated toxicity of hydraulic fracturing flowback and produced water on early life stages of zebrafish (Danio rerio). Environ Pollut. 2021, 287, 117614.
  • Zhong C, Zolfaghari A, Hou D, Goss GG, Lanoil BD, Gehman J, Tsang DCW, He Y, Alessi DS. Comparison of the Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle in China and North America: A Critical Review. Environ Sci Technol. 2021, 55(11), 7167-7185.
  • Wang Q, Ruan Y, Jin L, Zhang X, Li J, He Y, Wei S, Lam JCW, Lam PKS. Target, Nontarget, and Suspect Screening and Temporal Trends of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Marine Mammals from the South China Sea. Environ Sci Technol. 2021, 55(2), 1045-1056.
  • He Y*, Patterson-Fortin L, Boutros J, Smith R, Goss GG. Removal of biological effects of organic pollutants in municipal wastewater by a novel advanced oxidation system. J Environ Manage. 2021, 280, 111855.
  • 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. (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.
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Dr. Yuhe (Henry) HE
Contact Information
Office: YEUNG-B5428
Phone: +(852)-3442-4370
Fax: +(852)-3442-0688
Email: henryhe@cityu.edu.hk

Time slots for consultation

Research Interests
  • Emerging organic contaminants
  • Aquatic ecotoxicology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Molecular toxicology
  • Small model fish