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Tiong Gim Aw, Ph.D.

Research Associate, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife


Michigan State University
Suite 303 Manly Miles Building
1405 S. Harrison
East Lansing, MI 48824

Ph: (517) 432-1930
Fax: (517) 353-9807


Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2010)
B.Eng. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Technology Malaysia, Malaysia (2002)


Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Rapid detection and genotyping of human pathogenic viruses; Biosensors for drinking and recreational water quality monitoring; Fate and transport of pathogens in urban water catchments; Microbial source tracking; Environmental epidemiology; Viral metagenomics



Baustian M.M., Mavrommati G., Dreelin E.A., Esselman P., Schultze S.R., Qian L., Aw T.G., Luo L. and Rose J.B. “A one hundred year review of the socioeconomic and ecological systems of Lake St. Clair, North America” Journal of Great Lakes Research (Accepted).

Wong M.V.M., Hashsham S.A., Gulari E., Rouillard J.-M., Aw T.G. and Rose J.B. (2013) “Detection and characterization of Human Pathogenic Viruses Circulating in Community Wastewater using Multi Target Microarrays and PCR” Journal of Water and Health (In press).

Raith M.R., Kelty C.A., Griffith J.F., Schriewer A., Wuertz S., Mieszkin S., Gourmelon M., Reischer G., Farnleitner A.H., Ervin J., Holden P., Jay J.A., Boehm A.B., Aw T.G., Rose J.B., Meijer W.G., Sivaganesan M. and Shanks O.C. (2013) “Comparison of PCR and quantitative real-time PCR methods for the characterization of ruminant and cattle fecal pollution sources” Water Research 47(18): 6921-6928.

Aw T.G., Gin K.Y.H., Goh S.G. and Te S.H. (2012) “Sample preparation of microbial contaminants in Water” In Comprehensive Sampling and Sample Preparation, Volume 3. Elsevier, Academic Press: Oxford, UK, pp 723–742.

Aw T.G. and Rose J.B. (2012) “Detection of pathogens in water: from phylochips to qPCR to pyrosequencing” Current Opinion in Biotechnology 23(3): 422-430.

Aw, T. G. and Gin, K. Y. H. (2011). Prevalence and Genetic Diversity of Waterborne Pathogenic Viruses in Surface Waters of Tropical Urban Catchments. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 110(4), 903-914.

Aw, T. G. and Gin, K. Y. H. (2010). Environmental Surveillance and Molecular Characterization of Human Enteric Viruses in tropical Urban Wastewaters. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 109(2), 716-730.

Aw, T. G., Gin, K. Y. H., Oon, L. L. E., Chen, E. X. and Woo, C. H. (2009). Prevalence and Genotypes of Human Noroviruses in Tropical Urban Surface Waters and Clinical Samples in Singapore. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75(15), 4984-4992.