Principal Investigator

water

GIN Yew-Hoong, Karina

Associate Professor
Faculty , Civil & Environmental Engineering
Email: ceeginyh@nus.edu.sg

Algae Team: Research Staff & PhD Candidates

Te Shu Harn

Research Fellow
Email: eritsh@nus.edu.sg

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Zhang Yaoxian Alwin

Research Assistant
Email: erizya@nus.edu.sg, alwinzhang@u.nus.edu

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Alwin has been working together with algal group for almost 2 years. His work involves examining odor concentrations and growth rates from Pseudanabaena sp. as well as helping algal group with any biomolecular work

Nur Hanisah Binte Sukarji

Research Assistant
Email: erinhs@nus.edu.sg

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Loh Lay Leng

PhD Candidate
Email: a0107955@u.nus.edu

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Lay LengLoh is currently a 4th year Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) doctoral student under the guidance of A/P Karina Gin (NUS) and A/P Janelle Thompson (MIT). Her research work is on cyanophages, viruses that infect cyanobacteria (i.e. the host). For the past few years, she has been involved in environmental monitoring studies in various reservoirs around Singapore, looking at the occurrence and abundance of cyanophages in these waters through qPCR and bioinformatics (Next-Generation Sequencing).

Prior to starting her PhD study, she was working as a Research Assistant in Singapore-Delft Water Alliance for 1.5 years. She graduated with her Master in Sustainable Water Management from Kristianstad University (Sweden) in 2011 and in 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor of Natural Resource Management from the University of Melbourne (Australia).

Li Wenxi

PhD Candidate
Email: wenxili@u.nus.edu

Research staff

Antibiotic Resistance Team: Research Staff & PhD Candidates

Charmaine Ng

Research Fellow
Email: ng.charmainemarie@gmail.com

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Charmaine graduated with a PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia, specializing in developing metaproteomic techniques to understand the biological processes, which promote the survival of microbes in Antarctic lakes. She currently works as a Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore conducting research on microbial water contamination with an emphasis on antimicrobial resistance. Together with the antibiotic resistance (ARB) group, they investigate the occurrence of antibiotic resistant pathogens, antibiotic resistance genes and other vectors, which mediate the transfer of antibiotic resistance in environmental and wastewater microbiomes. She also has an interest in Marine Microbial Ecology specifically coral microbe interactions, and the impact of anthropogenic activities on the marine environment.

Laurence Tolen Glass-Haller

Research Fellow
Email: eriltg@nus.edu.sg

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I'm a Research fellow working in Prof. Karina Gin's lab on antibiotic resistant bacteria and quantitative risk assessment for water security. The main objective of the project is to accurately characterize the levels of antibiotic resistance and the risks of antibiotic resistant bacteria in Singapore’s water environments (freshwater, marine water, drinking water, domestic wastewater and hospital wastewater). We have developed several methods of characterizing and quantifying antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) as well as specific antibiotic resistance genes (ARG) using a combination of molecular methods and traditional methods (culture, antimicrobial susceptibility testing, etc...).

I have a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Geneva (2010). The focus was on aquatic microbiology and geochemistry. My interests are in water resources management, water quality, microbiology, biodiversity and sustainable development.

Francis Rathinam Charles

Research Engineer,
Email: ceefrc@nus.edu.sg

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Francis Rathinam Charles graduated as an Environmental Engineer from NUS in July 2016. Currently he is working in the project of OMICS analysis for understanding antibiotic resistance and harmful algal blooms.

Zhi Xin Wu

Research Engineer
Email: ceewuzx@nus.edu.sg

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Zhi Xin Wu graduated from NUS Environmental Engineering in July 2016. Currently he is working in the project of OMICS analysis for understanding antibiotic resistance and harmful algal blooms.

Chen Hongjie

PhD Candidate
Email: e0008539@u.nus.edu

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Project title: Risk assessment of antibiotic resistance in the urban water cycle

Chemical Team:Research Staff & PhD Candidates

Jingjie Zhang

Senior Research Fellow
Email:sdwzjj@nus.edu.sg

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Dr. Jingjie Zhang is a senior research scientist and senior water quality advisor. He has more than 20 years of research and industrial experience in computer and environmental areas. Especially, over last 15 years, Dr. Zhang has been involved in in-depth and practical development and application of computer models for assessment of water quality in marine waters, lakes, reservoirs, ponds and wetlands. Dr. Zhang has been working on various national and international projects in China, Denmark, USA and Singapore, including several consulting projects under UNEP. His work has been involved in both theoretical study and consultancy in water-related areas. He is particularly interested in integrated catchment-scale modeling approaches to addressing various environmental and ecological problems.

Key research interest area:

Ecological and environmental modeling, ecosystem health and environmental impact assessment, ecological engineering and ecosystem restoration, integrated modeling approach for real-forecasting and early-warning system.

Meng Ge

Research Fellow
Email: erimge@nus.edu.sg

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Dr. Meng Ge is a research fellow with the Environmental Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He obtained his Doctor of Science (ScD) from the School of Public Health, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2015. He is in the research area of Environmental Metabolomics, the targeted/untargeted analysis of emerging organic contaminants and the impact of human health. With the background of organic synthesis and analysis, his research articles have been published in scientific journals (e.g. Environmental Pollution, Environmental Research, Chemical Communication, Organic Letters, Chemosphere, Scientific Reports.)

Research Interests:

Dr. Meng Ge’s research interest is in the area of environmental chemistry, his expertise lies in the development of methods for the rapid detection of emerging contaminants in the environment and biological samples. His current research work focuses on the metabolomics studies of cyanobacteria under various chemical environments.

Ngoc Han Tran

Research Fellow
Email: eritnh@nus.edu.sg

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Dr. Tran is an environmental scientist with over 14 years of experience, working with universities and research institutes. Dr. Tran graduated from Hanoi University of Technology (HUT) with a B. Eng in 2002. He obtained his postgraduate and Ph.D. degrees in environmental engineering from Tokyo Institute of Technology in 2005 and 2010, respectively. His doctoral dissertation has focused on the biodegradation mechanisms of pharmaceutically active compounds (PhACs) in biological wastewater treatment processes. Dr. Tran is currently working in the NUS Environmental Research Institute as a Research Fellow specializing in the field of analytical chemistry and environmental microbiology. His research interests generally encompass analytical chemistry and environmental engineering.

Dr. Tran is currently conducting laboratory and field-based studies to assess the occurrence and fate of emerging contaminants of concern, such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), antibiotics (ABs), N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), artificial sweeteners (ASs), etc. His work includes (i) developing novel methods for trace contaminant analysis in environmental and biological samples (ii) field surveys of natural and engineered systems, and (iii) developing effective chemical/biological processes for removal of emerging contaminants in the both natural and engineered systems.

Tran has published more than 20 papers in ISI journals. In addition, he is also serving as an active reviewer for a huge number of ISI journals, such as Water Research; Journal of Hazardous Materials; Environmental Pollution; Bioresource Technology; Talanta; Trends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry; Environmental Science and Pollution Research; Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety; Fungal Biology; Biochemical Engineering Journal; Chemical Engineering Journal; Desalination and Water Treatment; Clean-Soil, Air, Water; Separation and Purification Technology; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry; Environmental Technology.

You Luhua

Ph D candidate, Research Engineer
Email: eriyoul@nus.edu.sg

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Current project title: working on occurrence, fate and transport of pharmaceuticals, personal care products and endocrine disrupting chemicals in catchment systems.

Chen Huiting

Ph D candidate
Research Engineer
Email: erichu@nus.edu.sg

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  • Education:
  • BSc, Environmental Science, Beijing Normal University, 2012
    Ph.D, Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore, 2016

Huiting’s Research focuses on the fate and transport of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in aquatic environment. In her PhD work, she monitored the environmental concentrations of PFASs in water and sediments and worked on the distribution of PFASs in different environmental compartments. She studied the sorption and desorption behaviour of PFASs to sediments and observed the nonsingular sorption of PFASs. Her future work is on modelling the fate of PFASs in aquatic environment.

Yin Tingru

PhD Candidate,
Email: tingru_yin@u.nus.edu

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Ms. Yin Tingru is currently a PhD student in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore. She earned her bachelor degree in Environmental science and engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Her research mainly focuses on the removal of emerging contaminants by constructed wetlands and biotransformation study of emerging contaminants.

Mao Feijian

PhD Candidate
Email: maofeijian@u.nus.edu

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Mao Feijian is a PhD student at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his Bachelor degree in Biotechnology from Shanghai Ocean University in 2011 and M. Eng Degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2014. His current research focus is on the occurrence and toxicity of emerging organic contaminants (EOCs) in aquatic system. He is also interested in anaerobic degradation of EOCs.

Shi Yuheng

PhD Candidate
Email:yuheng.s@u.nus.edu

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Yuheng is a Ph.D. student under Energy and Environmental Sustainability Solutions for Megacities (E2S2) project. She is interested in the study of environmental transport and fate of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). Specifically, Yuheng examines suspended solids to evaluate the distribution and sorption/desorption behaviors of PFASs.

Pathogen Team:Research Staff & PhD Candidates

Bradley W. Schmitz

Research Fellow
Email: ceebws@nus.edu.sg

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2012 – 2016 Ph.D., Environmental Microbiology, University of Arizona

2008 – 2012 B.S., Environmental Science, University of Arizona

Current Project title: Virus Process Indicators for the Removal of Pathogens in Singapore’s Urban Water Reclaim and Reuse System

As an environmental microbiologist my research interests regard water quality and treatment, soil ecology and microbiology, microbial source tracking, marine science, and public health. I emphasize investigating current issues directly associated with human and environmental safety. My work encompasses the incidence, reduction, fate, and transport of pathogens in water, biosolids, and agriculture. I combine culture-based and advanced molecular methods to detect and monitor emerging contaminants, suggest potential indicators, evaluate novel treatment procedures, and assess human health risks.

My current project evaluates the incidence, fate and transport, and reduction of viruses in Singapore’s state-of-the-art urban water treatment scheme. The objective is to propose a marker and/or indicator capable of suggesting adequate reduction of pathogenic viruses throughout the treatment scheme to allow plant operators to monitor the removal of viruses to limit human and environmental health impacts associated with reclaim and reuse water initiatives.

Haoming Fang

Senior Research Fellow
Email: erifh@nus.edu.sg

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Graduated from National University of Singapore, Singapore in July 2000 with a Doctorate degree in Microbiology. Before joining Prof Karina Gin’s group, he had been working as a Research fellow in the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Singapore focusing on fungal molecular biology. Currently he is doing projects on detection and characterization of waterborne microbial pathogens, e.g. enteric viruses, bacteria, microsporidia and Naegleriafowleri.

Goh Shin Giek

Research Fellow
Email: ceegsg@nus.edu.sg

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Shin Giek Goh received her bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Technology, Malaysia in 2002 and her MSc degree in Civil Engineering (majoring in Environmental Engineering) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore in 2006. In 2012, she obtained her PhD degree from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is currently working as research fellow in National University of Singapore. Her research focuses on rapid detection of human pathogenic bacteria and viruses; modelling the occurrence of viable but nonculturable bacteria; microbial source tracking; risk assessment of pathogens in recreational waters; and fate and transport of microorganisms in urban water catchments.

Genevieve Poblete

Research Fellow
Email: ceeggrv@nus.edu.sg

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Ginger is currently a Research Fellow in the lab of Professor Karina Gin. She obtained her PhD from NUS in 2016. She is specialised in the areas of environmental microbiology, water quality and risk assessment.

Yang Yi

Research Fellow
Email: eriyyi@nus.edu.sg

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Dr. Yang Yi joined Prof. Gin’s group since Nov 2016. He completed his Ph.D in Chemical and Biomolecular engineering at National University of Singapore in 2015. Before joining, he worked with Prof. Martin Reinhard in prevention and treatment of biofilms. His current research focuses on developing optical sensors for real-time monitoring of pathogens and microbial indicators.

Kalaivani Mani

Research Assistant
Email: erimani@nus.edu.sg

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Kalaivani graduated her bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Anna University, India. She had experienced in synthesizing nanomaterials and characterization for different applications, namely:photocatalysis, antimicrobial, dye sensitized solar cells, tissue engineering and batteries. Currently, she is working on rapid and sensitive methods to detect waterborne pathogens.

Gu Xiaoqiong

Ph D candidate
Email: guxiaoqiong@u.nus.edu

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GuXiaoqiong received her Bachelor degree in school of the environment in Nanjing University, China. She is now the PhD student currently involved in the project of the emerging microbial contaminants of concern in tropical urban catchments. Her research focus is on using met genomics in studying the virome diversity and distribution in water cycles in Singapore, especially in the emerging zoonotic viruses. Also, she is trying to study the interactions and to illustrate the potential dynamics between phages and host bacteria through computational approaches (co-occurrence pattern, homology search and CRISPR analysis) using both viral and bacterial metagenomics.