Dr. Yun Shen joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at George Washington University (GWU) on September 1st, 2022. Her research is tackling the challenges on Solutions to Health-Environment Nexus (SHEN). In particular, she is investigating the transmission and control of environmental pathogens, including the transfer, persistence, infectivity/virulence, and inactivation/removal of pathogens in a variety of environments (i.e., wastewater, drinking water, soil, and indoor air). She is also investigating the interactions between pathogens and other emerging contaminants (e.g., microplastics) in the environment. Her research is supported by NSF, EPA, USDA, and NIH. Prior to joining GWU, Dr. Shen was an assistant professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Riverside from 2020 to 2022.
Dr. Shen received her PhD degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2016. Following that, she had her postdoctoral training at University of Michigan from 2016-2019. She was an awardee of Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Microbiology of the Built Environment Postdoctoral Fellowship. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles on Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Science and Technology Letters, and other journals. She also received the AWWA WQTC Student Bet Paper Award in 2015, and AEESP Conference Podium Presentation Award in 2017. In addition, she served as session chairs/organizers in the 2020 MRS Fall Meeting, 2017 AEESP Conference, and 2015 IWA Biofilm Conference.