Tao Yan

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: Post 203E
Phone: (808) 956-6024
E-mail:  taoyan@hawaii.edu
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Areas of Specialty and Research Interest

Environmental microbiology and biotechnology, human pathogens in the environment, low-cost water treatment and water reuse, water infrastructure sustainability, and environmental antibiotic resistance


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2004
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 2000
  • B.S., Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China 1997


  • Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, August 2017-present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, August 2012-July 2017
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, August 2007-July 2012
  • Post Doctoral Researcher, BioTechnology Institute, University of Minnesota,  October 2004 – July 2007

Courses Taught at UH (in the last five years)

  • CEE 330 Environmental Engineering (F’14, F’15, F’16, F’17)
  • CEE 431 Water and Wastewater Engineering
  • CEE 432 Water and Wastewater Treatment Design
  • CEE 634 Biological Treatment
  • CEE 635 Environmental Chemistry (S’14, S’16, S’18)
  • CEE 636 Environmental Microbiology (S’13, S’15, S’17)
  • CEE 691 Seminar in Civil and Environmental Engineering (S’14)

Professional Activities

  • Member, American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  • Member, International Society for Microbiology Ecology (ISME)
  • Member, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professor (AEESP)

Selected Publications in the past 5 years

  1. Eulyn Pagaling, Kun Yang, and Tao Yan* (2014). Pyrosequencing reveals correlations between extremely acidophilic bacterial communities with hydrogen sulphide concentrations, pH and inert polymer coatings at concrete sewer crown surfaces.Journal of Applied Microbiology.117 (1), 50-64.
  2. Lavane Kim, Eulyn Pagaling, Yi Y. Zuo, and Tao Yan* (2014). Impact of Substratum Surface on Microbial Community Structure and Treatment Performance in Biological Aerated Filters. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 80(1), 177-183.
  3. Kun Yang, Eulyn Pagaling, and Tao Yan*. (2014). Estimating the Prevalence of Potential Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli and Intimin Gene Diversity in a Human Community by Monitoring Sanitary Sewage. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 80(1) 119-127.
  4. Henglin Cui, Kun Yang, Eulyn Pagaling, and Tao Yan* (2013). Spatial and Temporal Variations of Enterococci Abundance and Its Relationship with Microbial Community in Hawai”i Beach Sand and Water. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 79(12), 3601-3609.
  5. Qian Zhang, and Tao Yan* (2012). Correlation of Intracellular Trehalose Concentration with Desiccation Resistance of Soil Escherichia coli Populations. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 78(20), 7407-7413.
  6. Jessica Shelton, Lavane Kim, Jiasong Fang, Chittaranjan Ray, and Tao Yan* (2011). Assessing the Severity of Rainfall Derived Infiltration and Inflow and Sewer Deterioration Based on the Flux Stability of Sewage Markers. Environmental Science and Technology. 45 (20), 8683″“8690
  7. Dustin K. Goto and Tao Yan* (2011). Genotypic Diversity of Escherichia coli in the Water and Soil of Tropical Watersheds in Hawaii. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 77 (12) 3988-3997
  8. Fan Feng, Dustin Goto, and Tao Yan*. (2010) Effects of autochthonous microbial community on the die-off of fecal indicators in tropical beach sand. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 74 (1), 214-225