Hui Peng joins the School of the Environment: Assistant Professor studies environmental pollutants and their toxic pathways

Thursday, July 6, 2017 2:53:38 AM

Hui Peng

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Hui Peng has joined the School of the Environment as an Assistant Professor on July 1, 2017. This is a joint position with the Department of Chemistry: 51% Chemistry, 49% Environment.

"Hui is an outstanding addition to our faculty, bringing new expertise in both environmental chemistry and environmental toxicology to the School of the Environment," says Director Kimberly Strong.

Dr. Peng received his BSc and PhD in Environmental Science from Peking University in Beijing, China. After graduating with his PhD in 2013, he went on to complete postdoctoral fellowships at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research at the University of Toronto and in the Toxicology Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. He has an impressive publication record, with 38 papers, 13 as first author, in top journals in his field.

Dr. Peng's research is in the area of environmental chemistry and toxicology, with a focus on identifying the occurrence of environmental pollutants and determining their potential health and ecological risks. He has developed chemical analysis methods to detect pollutants in environmental mixtures, and was the first to discover thousands of previously unknown halogenated compounds in the environment.

His discovery of a new class of chemicals of emerging concern, brominated azo dyes, which are organic compounds used in dyeing textiles, has received wide attention. In environmental toxicology, he has developed proteomics assays that provide an invaluable opportunity to determine how environmental chemicals interact with proteins to cause toxicity.

At the University of Toronto, Dr. Peng plans to focus on the development of novel chemistry and biology techniques to pursue three research directions: untargeted identification of novel environmental chemicals, investigation of the sources and behaviors of environmental chemicals, and unbiased identification of their physical protein targets.