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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


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, 2003
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, 1997
  • B.S., 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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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

  • X. Wang, Y.Y. Li, A.Z. Gu, K.-T. Wan. "Predicting Macroscopic Colloidal Deposition and Transportation Based on Dimensionless Tabor’s Parameter", Nano LIFE, 3 (1), 2013
  • S.H. Yuan, N. Gou, A. Alshawabkeh, A.Z. Gu. "Efficient Degradation of Contaminants of Emerging Concerns by a new Electro-Fenton Process with Ti/MMO Cathode", Chemosphere, 93 (11), 2013, 2796-2804
  • D. Li, S. Zeng, A.Z. Gu, M. He, H. Shi. "Inactivation, Reactivation and Regrowth of Indigenous Bacteria in Reclaimed Water After Chlorine Disinfection of a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant", Journal of Environmental Science, 25 (7), 2013, 1319-1325
  • Y. Li, X. Wang, A. Onnis-Hayden, K.-T. Wan, A.Z. Gu. "Universal Quantifier Derived from AFM Analysis Links Cellular Mechanical Properties and Cell-Surface Integration Forces with Microbial Deposition and Transport Behavior", Environmental Science and Technology, 48 (3), 2014, 1769-1778
  • M. Khatri, D. Bello, A.K. Pal, J.M. Cohen, S. Woskie, T. Gassert, J. Lan, A.Z. Gu, P. Demoktritou, P. Gaines. "Evaluation of Cytotoxic Genotic and Inflammatory Reponses of Nanoparticles from Photocopiers in Three Human Cell Lines", Particle and Fibre Toxicology, 10 (42), 2014

Related News

September 24, 2014

Advised by April Gu & Ahmed Busnaina, BioE/CEE PhD student Nimet Yildirim won the Young Researchers Forum Award from the Annual 2014 IEEE Biosensors & Bioelectronics conference.

September 22, 2014

Congratulations to Nimet Yildirim, a Ph.D. student in the bioengineering program and in the CEE department, advised by CEE Prof. April Gu and MIE Prof. Ahmed Busnaina, along with the coauthors Jin Young Lee, Han Chul Cho and Sivasubramanian Somu, for winning the Young Researchers Forum Award from the 2014 IEEE Biosensors & Bioelectronics conference.

September 9, 2014

Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor April Gu was awarded an NSF grant for her work entitled, “ Mechanistic and Predictive Genotoxicity Assessment of Nanomaterials .”