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Wen-Yee Lee

Faculty RankAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Texas at El Paso
Address500 West University
El Paso TX 79968
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    My research has been focusing on developing methods to analyze organic compounds in various
    environmental compartments (such as air, water, soil, and plants) and biological fluids (such as urine and saliva)
    using a green sample preparation technique- Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction- coupled with Gas
    Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry. The projects in my research lab have involved (1) studies of
    environmental endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), such as pharmaceuticals and estrogens,
    glucocorticoids, and polybrominated diphenol ethers, in wastewater and sludge samples, (2) monitoring water
    quality in the Rio Grande and other water systems, (3) investigating estrogenic activities of EDCs in wastewater,
    and (4) developing techniques to remove EDCs in drinking water and wastewater. Based on the occurrence and
    concentrations of EDCs in the surface and other water sources, we are able to assess their impacts on human
    health and aquatic life. Other projects in my group include chemical analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
    in air, analysis of water soluble fraction of biofuel using environment friendly methods, passive sampler for
    detection of VOCs.

    Recently, we investigated the organic metabolites in urine to study the biomarkers in urine for cancer diagnosis. We are able to develop more accurate diagnostic tool for prostate cancer and renal cancer with over 90% accuracy.

    I have 13 years of experience in providing research experience for undergraduate and graduate students
    especially under-represented minority (URM) students in STEM fields. My mentorship expands from research activities to development of professional skills.

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    1. Sarma H, Lee WY. Bacteria enhanced lignocellulosic activated carbon for biofiltration of bisphenols in water. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2018 Jun; 25(18):17227-17239. PMID: 29808400.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Cells
    2. Tan W, Gao Q, Deng C, Wang Y, Lee WY, Hernandez-Viezcas JA, Peralta-Videa JR, Gardea-Torresdey JL. Foliar Exposure of Cu(OH)2 Nanopesticide to Basil ( Ocimum basilicum): Variety-Dependent Copper Translocation and Biochemical Responses. J Agric Food Chem. 2018 Apr 04; 66(13):3358-3366. PMID: 29558120.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
    3. Rocha-Gutiérrez BA, Lee WY, Shane Walker W. Mass balance and mass loading of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in a tertiary wastewater treatment plant using SBSE-TD-GC/MS. Water Sci Technol. 2016; 73(2):302-8. PMID: 26819385.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:PHPublic Health
    4. Toro-Vélez AF, Madera-Parra CA, Peña-Varón MR, Lee WY, Bezares-Cruz JC, Walker WS, Cárdenas-Henao H, Quesada-Calderón S, García-Hernández H, Lens PN. BPA and NP removal from municipal wastewater by tropical horizontal subsurface constructed wetlands. Sci Total Environ. 2016 Jan 15; 542(Pt A):93-101. PMID: 26519570.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:PHPublic Health
    5. Rico CM, Morales MI, McCreary R, Castillo-Michel H, Barrios AC, Hong J, Tafoya A, Lee WY, Varela-Ramirez A, Peralta-Videa JR, Gardea-Torresdey JL. Cerium oxide nanoparticles modify the antioxidative stress enzyme activities and macromolecule composition in rice seedlings. Environ Sci Technol. 2013 Dec 17; 47(24):14110-8. PMID: 24266714.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    6. Rico CM, Morales MI, Barrios AC, McCreary R, Hong J, Lee WY, Nunez J, Peralta-Videa JR, Gardea-Torresdey JL. Effect of cerium oxide nanoparticles on the quality of rice ( Oryza sativa L.) grains. J Agric Food Chem. 2013 Nov 27; 61(47):11278-85. PMID: 24188281.
      Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
    7. Yamaguchi C, Lee WY. A cost effective, sensitive, and environmentally friendly sample preparation method for determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in solid samples. J Chromatogr A. 2010 Oct 29; 1217(44):6816-23. PMID: 20851399.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    8. Balsiger HA, de la Torre R, Lee WY, Cox MB. A four-hour yeast bioassay for the direct measure of estrogenic activity in wastewater without sample extraction, concentration, or sterilization. Sci Total Environ. 2010 Feb 15; 408(6):1422-9. PMID: 20074779.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
    9. Lauer FT, Mitchell LA, Bedrick E, McDonald JD, Lee WY, Li WW, Olvera H, Amaya MA, Berwick M, Gonzales M, Currey R, Pingitore NE, Burchiel SW. Temporal-spatial analysis of U.S.-Mexico border environmental fine and coarse PM air sample extract activity in human bronchial epithelial cells. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2009 Jul 01; 238(1):1-10. PMID: 19410595.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    10. De La Torre-Roche RJ, Lee WY, Campos-Díaz SI. Soil-borne polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in El Paso, Texas: analysis of a potential problem in the United States/Mexico border region. J Hazard Mater. 2009 Apr 30; 163(2-3):946-58. PMID: 18768257.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Mattina MI, Eitzer BD, Iannucci-Berger W, Lee WY, White JC. Plant uptake and translocation of highly weathered, soil-bound technical chlordane residues: data from field and rhizotron studies. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2004 Nov; 23(11):2756-62. PMID: 15559292.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    12. Lee WY, Iannucci-Berger WA, Eitzer BD, White JC, Mattina MI. Plant uptake and translocation of air-borne chlordane and comparison with the soil-to-plant route. Chemosphere. 2003 Oct; 53(2):111-21. PMID: 12892673.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    13. Lee WY, Lannucci-Berger W, Eitzer BD, White JC, Mattina MI. Persistent organic pollutants in the environment: chlordane residues in compost. J Environ Qual. 2003 Jan-Feb; 32(1):224-31. PMID: 12549562.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:PHPublic Health
    14. White JC, Mattina MI, Lee WY, Eitzer BD, Iannucci-Berger W. Role of organic acids in enhancing the desorption and uptake of weathered p,p'-DDE by Cucurbita pepo. Environ Pollut. 2003; 124(1):71-80. PMID: 12683984.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsPHPublic Health
    15. Lee WY, Salvador JM, Bodige K. Synthesis of trans-2-(1-aryl-1-methylethyl)cyclohexylamines. Org Lett. 2000 Apr 06; 2(7):931-2. PMID: 10841637.
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