Jinjun Kan, Ph.D.

500 500 Stroud Water Research Center

Associate Research Scientist

  • Principal Investigator, Microbiology Group
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Delaware

tel. 610-268-2153, ext. 280
970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311

Interests and Expertise

Environmental microbiology and molecular microbial ecology of aquatic ecosystems, particularly freshwater and estuaries, with focus on algal, bacterial, archaeal, and viral population dynamics, and interactions with local environments, including trophic interactions, nutrient cycling, and biogeochemistry.

Google Scholar | ResearchGate | Download CV


  • Ph.D., Environmental Molecular Microbiology/Biotechnology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
  • M.S., Ecology, First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, Qingdao, China.
  • B.S., Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2017–present.
  • Assistant Research Scientist, Stroud Water Research Center, 2010–2017.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, 2006–2010.
  • Research Assistant, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, College Park, Maryland, 2001–2006.
  • Research Assistant, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 1999–2001.


Stream restoration for legacy sediments at Gramies Run, Maryland: early lessons from implementation, water quality monitoring, and soil health

Mattern, K., A. Lutgen, N. Sienkiewicz, G. Jiang , J. Kan, M. Peipoch, and S. Inamdar. 2020. Water 12(8):2164.

Streambank legacy sediment contributions to suspended sediment‐bound nutrient yields from a Mid‐Atlantic, Piedmont watershed

Jiang, G., A. Lutgen, K. Mattern, N. Sienkiewicz, J. Kan, and S. Inamdar. 2020. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, early online access.

Streambank legacy sediments in surface waters: phosphorus sources or sinks?

Inamdar, S., N. Sienkiewicz, A. Lutgen, G. Jiang, and J. Kan. 2020. Soil Systems 4(2):30.

Nutrients and heavy metals in legacy sediments: concentrations, comparisons with upland soils, and implications for water quality

Lutgen A., G. Jiang, N. Sienkiewicz, K. Mattern, J. Kan, and S. Inamdar. 2020. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, early online access.

Bacterial communities and nitrogen transformation genes in streambank legacy sediments and implications for biogeochemical processing

Sienkiewicz, N., R.L. Bier, J. Wang, L. Zgleszewski, A. Lutgen, G. Jiang, K. Mattern, S. Inamdar, and J. Kan. 2020. Biogeochemistry.

See all publications by Stroud Center authors

Related News

Don’t Stop Me Now! Studying the Effects of Milldam Removal

Stroud Water Research Center scientists are investigating how milldam removal might affect groundwater and surface water quality ... Read More

Stories From the Streams: Straight From the Source

Learn how scientists are using advanced tools to track down the source of potentially harmful contaminants. Episode 6 in the “Stories from the Streams” series from WHYY TV12 ... Read More

Sharing Our Science in Salt Lake City

Stroud Center scientists shared their work at the weeklong annual meeting of this premier international organization of aquatic scientists ... Read More

Field Notes From Our Work in Costa Rica

A team of five Stroud Center scientists worked under the rainbows of the Orosí Volcano in Costa Rica to survey a dozen streams ... Read More

Getting Slimed: Scientists Investigate Biofilms in Streams Amidst Climate Change

Slippery, shiny, and available in varying shades of green, slime is the latest research interest of two Stroud Water Research Center scientists ... Read More

Good Fences Make Good Water

Cows wading in a stream might make a pretty picture but the reality is a lot less pleasant. Find out why in this 1-minute podcast featuring Jinjun Kan, Ph.D ... Read More

  • 0

Join the Clean Water Paddle Push!

When: August 1–16
Where: A body of water near you!

Grab your paddleboard, canoe, kayak, or inner tube and hit a body of water near you during our two-week celebration of water, the earth’s most vital natural resource.

Get all the details