PhD Research - Ying Wang

MS Environmental Science, BS Environmental Science, Nanjing University (China)

With the rapid development of nanotechnology, increasingly high levels of engineered nanomaterials will be released into the environment. Information of the environmental behavior and potential ecological risks of engineered nanoparticles is in urgent need to ensure the optimal and sustainable implementation of nanotechnology. Ying’s research is mainly focused on the bioavailability and toxicity of engineered nanomaterials. Specifically, she is interested in whether and how nanomaterials will be taken up by organisms. If they can accumulate, are they toxic and moreover, are there any nano specific toxicological modes of action? Further, what about their fate inside organisms? Can they be biodegraded or transferred to organisms at higher trophic levels? When there is transport along food chains, will biomagnification take place? All of these issues are critical and indispensable to thoroughly evaluate the environmental implications of nanomaterials and to help promote the safe and environmentally friendly development of nanotechnology.

Year Admitted : 2014
Research areas: Ecotoxicology, Engineered Nanomaterials, Biogeochemistry, Microbiology
Faculty Advisor: Patricia Holden

Office/Lab: Bren 2027
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Bren School Fellowship, 2014 – 2015


Wang, Y.; Miao, A.-J.; Luo, J.; Wei, Z.-B.; Zhu, J.-J.; Yang, L.-Y., Bioaccumulation of CdTe Quantum Dots in a Freshwater Alga Ochromonas danica: A Kinetics Study. Environmental Science & Technology 2013, 47, (18), 10601-10610.

Yang, W.-W.*; Wang, Y.*; Huang, B.; Wang, N.-X.; Wei, Z.-B.; Luo, J.; Miao, A.-J.; Yang, L.-Y., TiO2 Nanoparticles Act As a Carrier of Cd Bioaccumulation in the Ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila. Environmental Science & Technology 2014, 48, (13), 7568-7575. (* contributed equally)

Xu, S.; Wang, Y.; Huang, B.; Wei, Z.-B.; Miao, A.-J.; Yang, L.-Y., Nitrogen and phosphorus limitation of phytoplankton growth in different areas of Lake Taihu, China. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 2014, 1-16.