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PY Hong Lab at KAUST (also known as Environmental Microbial Safety and Biotechnology Lab) is interested to better understand 
the roles of microorganisms in environmental issues related to water reuse and water quality. 
Often, the occurrence of certain microorganisms or the relative proportion of selected bacterial populations may suffice as indicative markers of the water quality or system functionality. Here at KAUST, our lab emphasizes on utilizing cultivation- and molecular-based approaches to examine the microbial communities in water and wastewater ecosystems. Specifically, we pay close attention to biotic contaminants such as pathogens, antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes. After knowing the microbial-associated problems and risks related to water reuse, we aim to develop anaerobic biotechnology and its hybrids as safe and sustainable means of providing good quality reclaimed water. 

The ultimate goal of our research include:
    • To address water scarcity issue  through the provision of safe and sustainable alternative water
Our research activities include:
  • To monitor and track microbial contaminants, particularly pathogens and antibiotic resistant bacteria, in reclaimed water and impacted environment (storage tanks and distribution pipelines)
  • To promote the sustainable use of anaerobic biotechnology to provide safe reclaimed water
  • To understand the fate and persistence of pathogens, antibiotic resistant genes, and antibiotic resistant bacteria in chemical tertiary treatment processes like UV and disinfection
Please feel free to browse around this site, and find out more about the brains behind our research!


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