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Tiong Gim Aw

Tiong Gim Aw

Michigan State University
Tel: 517-432-1930
Fax: 517-353-9807


Tiong Gim Aw received his Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology in 2010 from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, focusing on the molecular detection and characterization of human enteric viruses in water environments. He is currently working in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, United States, as a research scientist. He is actively engaged in the International Society for Microbial Ecology, the American Society for Microbiology and the International Water Association. His research interests focus on linking water security, microbial ecology and advanced biotechnology. He is keen to bring scientific discovery and translational science to the water industry. Dr. Aw is currently interested in next generation sequencing technology and metagenomic approaches for better understanding of virus ecology and virus genomes in water environments. His other areas of expertise include environmental virology, rapid detection of pathogens in water by advanced molecular techniques, fate and transport of viruses in urban water catchments and microbial source tracking.


Viral metagenomics using next-generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics, Rapid detection and genotyping of human pathogens, Biosensors for drinking and recreational water quality monitoring, Fate and transport of pathogens in urban water catchments, Microbial source tracking, and Environmental epidemiology