H LAB @ Utah Water Research Lab
H LAB is dedicated to investigating and utilizing functional microbial communities to promote water quality and resource recovery in engineered and natural systems in H lab. 'H' in the logo represents our goal to Applied Environmental Microbiology in Waste Recycling and Biotechnology via the One Health approach. To achieve this goal, the lab applies various methodologies such as genome sequencing, metabolic engineering, and metabolite analysis in the engineering aspect to understand how the contaminants interact with microbes to enhance the removal or valorization of contaminants.
The lab's research interests fall under two themes:
exploring the interactions between microbes and multi-contaminants to track the transport, source, and driver of multiple pollutants in urban water;
understanding the interactions like biodegradation mechanisms of pollutants to minimize and valorize waste using microbes.
Welcome Alaa Elmesery to join us as a visiting scholar!
Paper "Alternations of antibiotic resistance genes and microbial community dynamics on shared bicycles before and after pandemic lockdown" published in Science of the Total Environment. Dr. Hou is one of co-corresponding authors.
TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-THREE (2023)
Paper "Aerobic Denitrification Promoting by Actinomycetes Coculture: Investigating Performance, Carbon Source Metabolic Characteristic, and Raw Water Restoration" published in Environmental Science & Technology, the best journal in environmental field.
Paper "Advancing early warning and surveillance for zoonotic diseases under climate change: Interdisciplinary systematic perspectives" published in Advances in Climate Change Research.
Paper "Mass-immigration shapes the antibiotic resistome of wastewater treatment plants" published in Science of the Total Environment.
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Paper "Diatoms in wastewater treatment: Potentials, applications, and values of biomass" published in Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. This is the first paper originally generated by Dr. Hou's Lab.
Welcome Sarah O. Makled to join us as a visiting scholar!
Welcome Peerzada Madany to our lab as a Ph.D. candidate!
Delighted to welcome Ceaira Howard, our new M.S. student!
Paper "Urbanization influenced the interactions between dissolved organic matter and bacterial communities in rivers" published in Journal of Environmental Management.
Paper "Promoted aerobic denitrification through denitrifying fungal communities: Co-occurrence patterns and treatment of low C/N micro-polluted water" published in Science of The Total Environment.
TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-TWO (2022)
Welcome Donald Olsen to join the lab as an Engineering Undergraduate Research Scholar.
Paper "Insight into variation and controlling factors of dissolved organic matter between urban rivers undergoing different anthropogenic influences" published in Journal of Environmental Management.
Welcome Angela Zhan! Angela joined us as a high school volunteer.
Paper "Seasonal hydrological dynamics govern lifestyle preference of aquatic antibiotic resistome" published in Environmental Science and Ecotechnology.
Paper "Effects of land-use patterns on the biogeography of the sediment bacteria in the Yarlung Tsangpo River" published in FEMS Microbiology Ecology.
Paper "Storm promotes the dissemination of antibiotic resistome in an urban lagoon through enhancing bio-interactions" published in Environment International.
Paper "Network analysis reveals significant joint effects of microplastics and tetracycline on the gut than the gill microbiome of marine medaka" published in Journal of Hazardous Materials.
Welcome Tahira Rahman! Tahira joined the H Lab as an M.S. student.
Dr. Liyuan (Joanna) Hou launched the H Lab!