Dr. Xiaoqin Wu is a project scientist of Ecology at the Berkeley Lab. She received her PhD in environmental geography from Peking University in 2011. Dr. Wu is an environmental scientist with multidisciplinary backgrounds and experimental skills in modern environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, microbiology, and molecular microbiology. Her research interests range from environmental fate and risk assessment of anthropogenic/natural hazardous substances to biogeochemical C-N cycles in ecosystems. She has conducted research into:
- Occurrence, sources and ecological risk assessment of novel environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals (e.g., retinoids) in surface water.
- Mechanistic investigation of transfer/metabolism of emerging contaminants (e.g., pharmaceutical and personal care products) in soil-plant systems, and related food safety evaluation of crops irrigated with treated wastewater in arid/semi-arid regions.
- Microbial utilization/transformation of natural organic matter in subsurface sediment and groundwater, and associated functional microbial communities.