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Sunny Jiang, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
University of California, Irvine (Irvine, California)

Sunny Jiang, an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, has taught courses at the University of California, Irvine, since 1998, on water quality, environmental biotechnology, water pollution microbiology, and microbial ecology. She is particularly interested in microbial dynamics and interactions in the aquatic environment. Her current research project on investigation of seawater desalination biofouling, funded by the WateReuse Foundation, is applying molecular biology methods for identification of the marine bacteria that are causing biofilm production. This work is likely to contribute to the development of biofouling precursor and strategies for biofouling prevention. Jiang is also interested in understanding the source and transport of fecal contamination and human waste in coastal water. Her group has developed rapid and sensitive methods for the detection and quantification of human virus contamination in aquatic samples. Jiang has published over 50 articles in the field of environmental microbiology and microbial ecology. She served on WHO Desalination Guideline development committee and is serving on National Research Council Water Reuse Committee. Jiang received a B.S. in Biochemistry from Nankai University in Tianjin, China, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Florida.