Journal of Microbiology Research

Journal of Microbiology Research aims to publish all the latest and outstanding research articles, reviews and letters in all areas of major importance to techniques of microbiology and applied research. It publishes high quality research and review papers on novel aspects of microbiology, including environmental, food, agricultural, medical, pharmaceutical, veterinary, soil, water and biodeterioration.

Yiping Cao

Editorial Board Member of Journal of Microbiology Research

Staff Scientist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, USA

Research Areas

Environmental Microbiology: Microbial Ecology, Microbial Source Tracking, Water Quality, Rapid Indicator


2006Ph.DEnvironmental Microbiology, University of California, Santa Barbara
2004M.A.Applied Statistics, University of California, Santa Barbara
1998B.ScEnvironmental Chemistry, Nanjing University, P.R.China


2011-present Senior Microbiologist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project, Costa Mesa, CA
2007-2010Microbiologist, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
2006Associate Specialist. Institute of Computational Earth System Sci, UCSB
2006Graduate Fellow. Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UCSB
2005Instructor; Laboratory in Microbial Processes. Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UCSB
2005Statistician, Brown and Caldwell (Environmental Consulting), Rancho Cordova, CA
2004Statistician/Consultant, Behavior Science Technology Inc., Ojia, CA
2002-2004Graduate Student Researcher. Pacific Estuarine Ecosystem Indicator Research Consortium, Bodega Bay, CA.
1998-2000 Assistant Researcher, State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, Nanjing University, Jiangsu Province, P.R.China
1999Teaching Associate; Laboratory in Environmental Chemistry. School of Environmental Science and Engineering. Nanjing University, P.R. China

Publications: Journals

[1]  Cao. Y., C.D. McGee, J.F. Griffith and S.B. Weisberg. 2011. Method repeatability for measuring Enterococcus in southern California beach sands. Letters in Applied Microbiology. In press.
[2]  Cao. Y., L. C. Van De Werfhorst, B. Sercu, J.L. S. Murray, P. A. Holden. 2011. Application of an Integrated Community Analysis Approach for Microbial Source Tracking in a Coastal Creek. Environmental Science & Technology,
[3]  J. F. Griffith, Y. Cao, C. D. McGee, S. B. Weisberg. 2009. Evaluation of Rapid Methods and Novel Indicators for Assessing Microbiological Beach Water Quality. Water Research, 43: 4900-4907
[4]  A. B. Boehm, J. F. Griffith, C. D. McGee, T. A. Edge, H. M. Solo-Gabriele, R. Whitman, Y. Cao, M. Getrich, J. A. Jay, D. Ferguson, K. D. Goodwin, C. M. Lee, M. Madison, S. B. Weisberg. 2009. Fecal indicator bacteria enumeration in medium to coarse beach sands: A methods comparison study. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 107: 1740-1750
[5]  Cao Y., J.F. Griffith, and S.B. Weisberg. 2009. Evaluation of optical brightener photodecay characteristics for detection of human fecal contamination. Water Research. 43: 2273-2279
[6]  Cao Y., P.G. Green, and P.A. Holden. 2008. Microbial community composition and denitrifying enzyme activities in salt marsh sediments. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 74 (24): 7585-7595
[7]  Cao Y., G. N. Cherr, A. L. C√≥rdova-Kreylos, T. W.-M. Fan, P. G. Green, R. M. Higashi, M. G. LaMontagne, K. M. Scow, C. A. Vines, J. Yuan, and P. A. Holden. 2006. Relationships between sediment microbial communities and pollutants in two California salt marshes. Microbial Ecology. 52 (4): 619-633
[8]  A. L. Cordova, Y. Cao, P. G. Green, H.-M. Hwang, K. Kuivila, M. G. LaMontagne, P. A. Holden, and K. M. Scow. 2006. Diversity, composition and geographical distribution of microbial communities in California salt marsh sediments. Applied & Environmental Microbiology. 72(5): 3357-3366
[9]  W. Li, B. Gao, Y. Cao, J. Feng, X. Wang, and G. Sheng. 1999. Sorption of BTX in simulated groundwater by cationic surfactants modified soils. Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry (72): 135-144.

Publications: Books/Book Chapters

[1]  Cao, Y., C.H. Wu, G.L. Andersen, and P.A. Holden. 2011. Community analysis-based methods. in: C. Hagedorn, A. Blanch, and V. Harwood (eds.), Microbial Source Tracking: Methods, Applications, and Case Studies. Springer. New York, NY.
[2]  Cao, Y. and L. Liu. Review of safety management and regulation on hazardous chemicals. Page 1-31, in L. Liu (ed), Safety of hazardous chemicals for general managers and safe production managers. (in Chinese). Hangzhou Safe Production Education Center, Jiangsu Province, P.R. China.