Name: YUEN, Bun Ho Bonny
Position: Assistant Professor, Environmental Science

Academic & Professional Qualifications
  • Ph.D. Ecotoxicology (City University of Hong Kong)
  • B.Sc. Hons. Biomedical Science (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Research Areas

Environmental pollution is a pressing global concern, especially in China, as rapid economic growth not only brings us wealth and improves our quality of live, but it is often accompanied by increased waste production. The influx of pollutants into our environment not only damages our living conditions, it will eventually upset our ecological systems which we deeply rely on. My research interests focus mainly on the effects of different pollutants (such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and polychlorinated biphenyls) on the health of aquatic as well as terrestrial organisms. A wide range of biomarkers (molecular, biochemical and histopathological changes) are studied to assess the health status of the organisms. My research also looks at the applicability of embryo toxicity testing in environmental risk assessment. My other research topics include looking at the underlying mechanisms of liver and gastrointestinal carcinogenesis in small fish model upon exposure to pollutants; and identification and characterization of magnetoreceptors in migratory species.

Selected Publications
  1. Wu, R.S.S., Pollino, C.A., Au, D.W.T., Zheng, G.J., Yuen, B.B.H., Lam P.K.S., (2003). Evaluation of biomarkers of exposure and effect in juvenile areolated grouper, (Epinephelus areolatus) upon foodborne exposure to benzo[a]pyrene. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 22: 1568-1573
  2. Yuen, B.B.H., Au, D.W.T., (2006). Temporal changes of ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) activities and lysosome accumulation in intestine of fish on chronic exposure to dietary benzo[a]pyrene: Linking EROD induction to cytological effects. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 25: 2593-2600.
  3. Yuen, B.B.H., Wong, C.K.C., Woo, N.Y.S., Au, D.W.T., (2007). Induction and recovery of morphofunctional changes in the intestine of juvenile carnivorous fish (Epinephelus coioides) upon exposure to foodborne benzo[a]pyrene. Aquatic Toxicology 82: 181-194.
  4. Hardman, R.C., Kullman, S.W., Yuen, B. and and Hinton, D.E., (2008). α-napthylisothiocyanate (ANIT) induced biliary toxicity in STII medaka: non invasive high resolution in vivo imaging. Aquatic Toxicology 86: 20-37.
  5. Kong, R.Y.C., Giesy, J.P., Wu, R.S.S., Chen, E.X.H., Chiang, M.W.L., Lim, P.L., Yuen, B.B.H., Yip, B.W.P., Mok, H.O.L., Au, D.W.T. (2008). Development of a marine fish model for studying in vivo molecular responses in ecotoxicology. Aquatic Toxicology 86: 131-141.
  6. Padilla, S., Cowden, J., Hinton, D.E., Yuen, B., Law, S., Kullman, S.W., Johnson, R., Hardman, R.C., Flynn, K., Au, D.W.T. (2009). Current Protocols of Toxicology 39: unit 10.
Courses Taught at UIC
  • World Ecological Problems and Man
  • General Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science