Position: Assistant Professor, Environmental Science
Email: bonnyyuen@uic.edu.hk

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 improved life quality, but it also brings along pollution. The influx of pollutants into our environment not only affects its aesthetics, it will eventually upset the ecological systems which we deeply rely on. My research interests focus mainly on the effects of pollutants, particularly endocrine disruptors, on the reproductive success and population effect in aquatic organisms. A wide range of biomarkers (molecular, biochemical and histopathological changes) are employed to understand the underlying mechanisms of toxicity. My research also looks at the combined effects of toxicants on embryonic development and carcinogenesis using zebrafish and medaka as model organisms; and to evaluate the applicability of embryo toxicity testing in environmental risk assessment.

Selected Publications
  • Au, D.W.T., Chiang, M.W.L., Tang, J.Y.M., Yuen, B.B.H., Wang, Y.L., Wu. R.S.S. (2002). Impairment of sea urchin sperm quality by UV-B radiation: predicting fertilization success from sperm motility.  Marine Pollution Bulletin 44: 583-589.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hardman, R.C., Kullman, S.W., Yuen, B., 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.
  • Carney, M.W., Erwin, K., Hardman, R., Yuen, B., Volz, D.C., Hinton, D., Kullman, S. (2008) Differential toxicity of naphthoic acid isomers in medaka (Oryzias latipes) embryos: a mechanistic study. Marine Pollution Bulletin 57: 255-266.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tsim, S.T., Yue, S., Yuen, B.B.H., Xie, M.L. (2018). Comparison of Building Environment Assessment Systems across the Belt and Road Countries – How do green buildings contribute to achieving ecological civilization and Sustainable Development Goals? In N Islam (Ed), Silk Road to Belt RoadReinventing the Past and Shaping the Future (pp 235-260). Singapore, Springer publication.
Courses Taught at UIC
  • Principles of Biology
  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Principles of Biochemistry and Physiology
  • Introduction to Environmental Biotechnology
  • Applied Environmental Biotechnology
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • How to Build a Green City: Challenges and Solutions
  • The Science of Well Being
  • World Ecological Problems and Man