Likun Hua is currently the second-year PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and working with Dr. Wen Zhang. Likun received his B.S from Tianjin University in 2012, M.S. from NJIT in 2014. Likun's research aims at exploring REM filtration as a potential efficient approach to harvest and pretreat algae as a model organism. Recently, Likun has developed a bench prototype REM system, which was proved to be efficient in algal pretreatment prior to lipid extraction. Likun presented the results at the 2015 NJ Tech Council Summer Intern and Research Program conference in Edison NJ. In the summer of 2015, Likun mentored one undergraduate student and one high school student for their summer research internship. Based on his research, Likun published his first journal article on Bioresource technology in Jan. 2016. In March 2016, Likun presented his updated research work on NJEN annual poster session in Princeton University and ACS 251st National Meeting in San Diego.