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Faculty Profile

April Z. Gu

Associate Professor, COE Faculty Scholar, and Director of Graduate Studies, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Affiliated Faculty, Bioengineering
471 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 2003
  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, 1997
  • BS, Environmental Engineering and Science, TsingHua University, 1993

Research & Scholarship Interests

Application of biotechnology for water quality improvement; biological treatment processes and bioremediation; ecotoxicology and toxicity assessment; biosensors for water quality monitoring
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Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • 2014 COE Faculty Fellow
  • 2012 Excellence in Review Award, Environmental Science & Technology
  • 2011 Early Career Development Award, College of Engineering, Northeastern University
  • 2011 Soren Buus Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering, Northeastern University
  • 2010 Featured ES&T paper by ACS Chemical and Engineering News
  • 2010 Certificate of Merit for Presentation at ACS 240th National Meeting-ENVR
  • 2010 Best student presentation award (Carla Cherchi), ACS 240th National Meeting-ENVR
  • 2010 North American SETAC Endowment Travel Award
  • 2009 NSF Faculty Early CAREER Development Award
  • 2005 Pathfinder Award for Creativity, HDR Engineering Inc.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemistry Society
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society of Microbiology
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • Water Environment Federation

Selected Publications

  • D. Bello, J. Lan, A.Z. Gu, P. Demoktritou P. Gaines, et al., Evaluation of Cytotoxic Genotic And Inflammatory Reponses of Nanoparticles from Photocopiers in Three Human Cell Lines,  Particle and Fibre Toxicology, 10(42), 2014, 1743-8977
  • S.T. O’Connor, J. Lan, M. North, A. Loguinov, L. Zhang, M. T. Smith, A.Z.Gu, C. Vulpe, Genome-wide Functional and Stress Response Profiling Reveals Toxic Mechanism and Genes Required for Tolerance to Benzo[a]pyrene in S. cerevisiae, Frontiers in Genetics, 3(316), 2013
  • N. Gou, A. Onnis-Hayden, A.Z. Gu, Mechanistic Toxicity Assessment of Nanomaterials by Whole-Cell-Array Stress Genes Expression Analysis, Environmental Science and Technology, 2010, 44(15), 5964-5970
  • Yildirim N, Long F, Gao C, He M, Shi HC and Gu AZ, Aptamer-based Optical Biosensor for Rapid and Sensitive Detection of 17-Estradiol in Water Samples, Environmental Science & Technology, 2010, 46(6), 3288-3294
  • A. Onnis-Hayden, H. Weng, M. He, S. Hansen, V. Ilyin, K. Lewis, A. Gu, Prokaryotic Real-time Gene Expression Profiling for Toxicity Assessment, Environmental Science & Technology, 2009, 43(12), 4574-4581

Related News

March 31, 2016

CEE PhD student S Mokhles Rahman and faculty members Matthew Eckelman, Annalisa Onnis-Hayden, & April Gu gave an agency-wide webinar to the US EPA regarding their work on life-cycle assessment of advanced nutrient removal technologies wastewater treatment.

September 24, 2015

ECE Professors Jennifer Dy & David Kaeli, and CEE Associate Professor April Gu were awarded a $860K NSF grant for “Exploring Analysis of Environment and Health Through Multiple Alternative Clustering”

September 21, 2015

CEE Professor Akram Alshawabkeh and his team were awarded a $2.9M federally funded grant for a “Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development in Puerto Rico (CRECE).”