Applied & Environmental Microbiology Lab
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research interests in our group fall in two main areas:
1) Water/environmental biotechnology, and
2) Aquatic/marine microbial ecology.
Sustainable water supply through seawater desalination and wastewater reuse is the future to meet water demand both locally and internationally. Our group studies technologies to reduce energy consumption for seawater desalination by prevention of membrane biofouling. To protect public health from wastewater reuse, our group is developing online monitoring system to detect microbial pathogens in wastewater and reuse water. Risk assessment models are applied to risk analysis and policy decision.
The second area of our research focuses on microbial quality in the coastal water. Our team has investigated pathogens in coastal water and human health risk. We helped the cities and counties to identify the source and causes of water pollution using microbial source tracking tools. More recently, control of harmful algal blooms and toxigenesis of diatom species Pseudo-nitzschia has been an active area of investigation in our group.