GIN Yew-Hoong, Karina







Associate Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Postal Address: Department of Civil and
  Environmental Engineering,
  National University of Singapore
  1 Engineering Drive 2, E1A 07-03
  Singapore 117576
Tel: (65) 6516 8104
Email: ceeginyh@nus.edu.sg
Office: EA-05-19

Personal Website: http://www.karinawaterquality.com/



Biography

A/P Karina Gin is an Associate Professor with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore. She received her Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne in 1988 and M.Eng Degree from the National University in Singapore in 1991. She obtained her Doctor of Science (ScD) Degree jointly from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1996. Her research specialisation is in the area of water quality, fate and transport of emerging contaminants and ecosystem processes. A/P Gin has been a Principle Investigator of research projects totalling more than $10m. She is co-author of a book on ‘The Environment in Asia Pacific Harbours’ which recently received a UN Atlas of the Ocean award (2006). She was also a co-recipient of the Technology Enterprise Challenge (TEC) Innovator Award for Enhanced Engineered Wetland Technology for the Removal of Nutrients from Stormwater at Kranji Reservoir (2005).

A/P Gin’s research and professional experience includes the following: Chairman, National Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP); Member, Southeast Asia Regional Committee on START (SARCS); Member, Expert panel for Chemicals/Fertilizers, PUB; Member, ASTAR Technology Scan Panel for Environmental Technologies; Member, Technical Committee on Coastal and Marine Environment, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources; Member, Technical Working Group Committee on Recreational Water Quality, National Environment Agency; peer reviewer for top journals such as Deep Sea Research I, Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Plankton Research, Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science, Science of the Total Environment, Marine Ecology, Journal of Environmental Engineering, Marine Pollution Bulletin and Water Research.

Employment history

2010
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NUS
2003
Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTU
2001
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTU
1998
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NUS
1996
Lecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NUS
1988
Senior Tutor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NUS




Consultancy Projects

  • Over 6 water quality/modeling projects in Singapore and in the region.
  • Technical assessor, SAC-SINGLAS

Educational qualifications

1996
ScD , Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
1991
MEng (Civil), National University of Singapore
1988
BEng (Civil, 1st class), University of Melbourne


Honours & Awards

2006
UN Atlas Award for Excellence for book on “The Environment in Asia Pacific Harbours” (Kluwer) (co-author of 2 chapters in book)
2005
The Enterprise Challenge Innovator Award for Enhanced Engineered Wetland Technology for the Removal of Nutrients from Stormwater at Kranji Reservoir
1990-1995
NUS-Overseas Graduate Scholarship
1987
Hydraulics Prize, University of Melbourne
1986
Kinhill Stearns Award, University of Melbourne
1985
Mechanics of Solids Prize, University of Melbourne
1984-1986
St Mary’s College Scholarship, University of Melbourne


Professional Activities

Scientific and professional societies

1988-Present
Institution of Engineers Singapore
2000-2008
International Water Association

Institutional & Professional service

2011-Present
Member, Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to the Singapore-Peking-Oxford Research Enterprise (SPORE)
2011-Present
Member, Program Committee, Bachelor Environmental Studies Program (BES)
2012
Member, Faculty Research Award Committee
2011-2012
Member, Search Committee for Hydraulics Faculty
2011-2012
Teaching peer review
2008-Present
Member, Technical Committee on Water Quality Guidelines for Aquatic Facilities, National Environment Agency
2007-Present
Member of the Technical Committee on Coastal and Marine Environment (TCCME), National Parks Board
2007-present
Member of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Recreational Water Quality, National Environment Agency (NEA)
2000-Present
Chairman, National Committee of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
2000-Present
Member, Southeast Asia Regional Committee on START (SARCS)
2007
Member, Editorial Board of the Open Oceanography Journal
2010-2012
Session Chair, SIWW Water Convention, Singapore
2009
Session Chair, AWWA Global Conference on Waterborne Pathogens, Singapore
2008-2009
Member, Organizing Committee, SIWW Symposium for Young Water Talents, Suntec City
2005
Co-Chair, Organizing Committee, Nanyang-Stanford Programme Symposium on the Environment
1999
Session Chair on Environmental Modelling, Asia-Pacific Congress on the Biology of the Environment, Singapore
1999
Member, Organising committee for the Asia-Pacific Congress on the Biology of the Environment, SIngapore
1999
Member, Steering Committee for the 3rd APEC Ocean Model and Information System for the APEC Region (OMISAR), Singapore


Teaching Areas

  • Water quality modeling and management
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of environmental science and engineering

Research Interests

Dr Karina Gin's research interest is in the area of water quality, where her expertise lies in the development of methods for the rapid detection of pathogens and microorganisms; eutrophication; water quality monitoring and modelling of reservoir/catchment systems; development of analytical techniques for the detection of trace organic contaminants; and the study of fate processes of trace organics and pathogens in natural waters. Her current research work focuses on:

  • The occurrence and fate of enteric viruses in tropical surface waters;
  • Risk assessment of pathogens in recreational waters;
  • Emerging organic contaminants in a tropical urbanised catchment/reservoir;
  • Toxic cyanobacteria and cyanophages in tropical waters and
  • The development of online bacteria detection systems

Selected Publications

Principal publications (last 5 years)

  1. Ng, C., Goh, S.G., Saeidi, N., Gerhard, W.A., Gunsch, C.K., Gin, K.Y.H. Occurrence of Vibrio species, beta-lactam resistant Vibrio species, and indicator bacteria in ballast and port waters of a tropical harbor (2018) Science of the Total Environment, 610-611, pp. 651-656. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.099
  2. Tran, N.H., Gin, K.Y.-H. Occurrence and removal of pharmaceuticals, hormones, personal care products, and endocrine disrupters in a full-scale water reclamation plant (2017) Science of the Total Environment, 599-600, pp. 1503-1516. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.05.097
  3. Ye, K., Manzano, M., Muzzi, R., Gin, K.Y.-H., Saeidi, N., Goh, S.G., Tok, A.I.Y., Marks, R.S. Development of a chemiluminescent DNA fibre optic genosensor to Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) (2017) Talanta, 174, pp. 401-408. DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2017.06.036
  4. Yi, X., Tran, N.H., Yin, T., He, Y., Gin, K.Y.-H. Removal of selected PPCPs, EDCs, and antibiotic resistance genes in landfill leachate by a full-scale constructed wetlands system (2017) Water Research, 121, pp. 46-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2017.05.008
  5. Chen, H., Reinhard, M., Nguyen, T.V., You, L., He, Y., Gin, K.Y.-H. Characterization of occurrence, sources and sinks of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in a tropical urban catchment (2017) Environmental Pollution, 227, pp. 397-405. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.04.091
  6. Te, S.H., Tan, B.F., Boo, C.Y., Thompson, J.R., Gin, K.Y.-H. Genomics insights into production of 2-methylisoborneol and a putative cyanobactin by Planktothricoides sp. SR001 (2017) Standards in Genomic Sciences, 12 (1), art. no. 35, . DOI: 10.1186/s40793-017-0247-1
  7. Sun, C.-X., Vergara, G.G.R.V., Gin, K.Y.-H. Interaction of Microcystis and Phix174 in the Aquatic Environment (2017) Journal of Environmental Engineering (United States), 143 (6), art. no. 04017011, . DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001208
  8. Te, S.H., Tan, B.F., Thompson, J.R., Gin, K.Y.-H. Relationship of Microbiota and Cyanobacterial Secondary Metabolites in Planktothricoides-Dominated Bloom (2017) Environmental Science and Technology, 51 (8), pp. 4199-4209. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05767
  9. Saeidi, N., Gu, X., Goh, S.G., Xin, C.L.Y., Gin, K.Y.-H. Evaluating the efficacy of commercial kits for viral DNA/RNA extraction (2017) Water Practice and Technology, 12 (1), pp. 80-86. DOI: 10.2166/wpt.2017.015
  10. Goh, S.G., Bayen, S., Burger, D., Kelly, B.C., Han, P., Babovic, V., Gin, K.Y.-H. Occurrence and distribution of bacteria indicators, chemical tracers and pathogenic vibrios in Singapore coastal waters (2017) Marine Pollution Bulletin, 114 (1), pp. 627-634. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.09.036
  11. Liang, L., Goh, S.G., Gin, K.Y.H. Decay kinetics of microbial source tracking (MST) markers and human adenovirus under the effects of sunlight and salinity (2017) Science of the Total Environment, 574, pp. 165-175. Cited 1 time. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.09.031
  12. Tran, N.H., Ngo, H.H., Urase, T., Gin, K.Y.H. A critical review on characterization strategies of organic matter for wastewater and water treatment processes (2017) Bioresource Technology, 193, . Cited 2 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2015.06.091
  13. Yang, Y., Kitajima, M., Pham, T.P.T., Yu, L., Ling, R., Gin, K.Y.H., Reinhard, M. Using Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 to evaluate hydrogen peroxide as a biofouling control agent in membrane treatment systems (2016) Letters in Applied Microbiology, 63 (6), pp. 488-494. DOI: 10.1111/lam.12674
  14. Le, T.-H., Ng, C., Chen, H., Yi, X.Z., Koh, T.H., Barkham, T.M.S., Zhou, Z., Gin, K.Y.-H. Occurrences and characterization of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and genetic determinants of hospital wastewater in a tropical country (2016) Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 60 (12), pp. 7449-7456. Cited 2 times. DOI: 10.1128/AAC.01556-16
  15. Tran, N.H., Chen, H., Reinhard, M., Mao, F., Gin, K.Y.-H. Occurrence and removal of multiple classes of antibiotics and antimicrobial agents in biological wastewater treatment processes (2016) Water Research, 104, pp. 461-472. Cited 6 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.08.040
  16. Vergara, G.G.R.V., Rose, J.B., Gin, K.Y.H. Risk assessment of noroviruses and human adenoviruses in recreational surface waters (2016) Water Research, 103, pp. 276-282. Cited 4 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2016.07.048
  17. Tran, N.H., Chen, H., Do, T.V., Reinhard, M., Ngo, H.H., He, Y., Gin, K.Y.-H. Simultaneous analysis of multiple classes of antimicrobials in environmental water samples using SPE coupled with UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS and isotope dilution (2016) Talanta, 159, pp. 163-173. Cited 3 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2016.06.006
  18. Tan, B.F., Te, S.H., Boo, C.Y., Gin, K.Y.-H., Thompson, J.R. Insights from the draft genome of the subsection V (Stigonematales) cyanobacterium Hapalosiphon sp. Strain MRB220 associated with 2-MIB production (2016) Standards in Genomic Sciences, 11 (1), art. no. 58, . Cited 1 time. DOI: 10.1186/s40793-016-0175-5
  19. Nguyen, T.V., Reinhard, M., Chen, H., Gin, K.Y.-H. Fate and transport of perfluoro- and polyfluoroalkyl substances including perfluorooctane sulfonamides in a managed urban water body (2016) Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23 (11), pp. 10382-10392. Cited 2 times. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-016-6788-9
  20. Goh, S.G., Bayen, S., Burger, D., Kelly, B.C., Han, P., Babovic, V., Gin, K.Y.H. Occurrence and distribution of bacteria indicators, chemical tracers and pathogenic vibrios in Singapore coastal waters (2016) Marine Pollution Bulletin, . Article in Press. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.09.036
  21. Chen, L., Gin, K.Y.H., He, Y. Effects of sulfate on microcystin production, photosynthesis, and oxidative stress in Microcystis aeruginosa (2016) Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23 (4), pp. 3586-3595. Cited 3 times. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-015-5605-1
  22. Chen, H., Reinhard, M., Nguyen, V.T., Gin, K.Y.H. Reversible and irreversible sorption of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) by sediments of an urban reservoir (2016) Chemosphere, 144, pp. 1747-1753. Cited 3 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.10.055
  23. Sun, C.-X., Kitajima, M., Gin, K.Y.H. Sunlight inactivation of somatic coliphage in the presence of natural organic matter (2016) Science of the Total Environment, 541, pp. 1-7. Cited 2 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.08.136
  24. Te, S.H., Tan, B.F., Thompson, J.R., Gin, K.Y.-H. Draft genome sequences of two benthic cyanobacteria, Oscillatoriales USR 001 and Nostoc sp. MBR 210, isolated from tropical freshwater lakes (2016) Genome Announcements, 4 (5), art. no. e01115-16, . DOI: 10.1128/genomeA.01115-16
  25. Nor, N.H.M., Tan, B.F., Te, S.H., Thompson, J.R., Gin, K.Y.-H. Draft genome sequence of Cylindrospermopsis sp. strain CR12 extracted from the minimetagenome of a nonaxenic unialgal culture from a tropical freshwater lake (2016) Genome Announcements, 4 (1), art. no. e01726-15, . Cited 2 times. DOI: 10.1128/genomeA.01726-15
  26. Tran, N.H., Gin, K.Y.H., Ngo, H.H. Fecal pollution source tracking toolbox for identification, evaluation and characterization of fecal contamination in receiving urban surface waters and groundwater (2015) Science of the Total Environment, 538, pp. 38-57. Cited 14 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.07.155
  27. You, L., Nguyen, V.T., Pal, A., Chen, H., He, Y., Reinhard, M., Gin, K.Y.H. Investigation of pharmaceuticals, personal care products and endocrine disrupting chemicals in a tropical urban catchment and the influence of environmental factors (2015) Science of the Total Environment, 536, pp. 955-963. Cited 12 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.06.041
  28. Tran, N.H., Gan, J., Nguyen, V.T., Chen, H., You, L., Duarah, A., Zhang, L., Gin, K.Y.H. Sorption and biodegradation of artificial sweeteners in activated sludge processes (2015) Bioresource Technology, 197, pp. 329-338. Cited 12 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2015.08.083
  29. Tran, N.H., Ngo, H.H., Urase, T., Gin, K.Y.-H. A critical review on characterization strategies of organic matter for wastewater and water treatment processes (2015) Bioresource technology, 193, pp. 523-533. Cited 12 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2015.06.091
  30. Vergara, G.G.R.V., Goh, S.G., Rezaeinejad, S., Chang, S.Y., Sobsey, M.D., Gin, K.Y.H. Evaluation of FRNA coliphages as indicators of human enteric viruses in a tropical urban freshwater catchment (2015) Water Research, 79, pp. 39-47. Cited 8 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2015.04.022
  31. Te, S.H., Chen, E.Y., Gin, K.Y.-H. Comparison of quantitative PCR and droplet digital PCR multiplex assays for two genera of bloom-forming cyanobacteria, Cylindrospermopsis and Microcystis (2015) Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 81 (15), pp. 5203-5211. Cited 16 times. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00931-15
  32. Yeo, B.H., Gin, K.Y.-H. Population dynamics of cyanomyovirus in a tropical eutrophic reservoir (2015) Microbes and Environments, 30 (1), pp. 12-20. DOI: 10.1264/jsme2.ME14039
  33. Goh, S.G., Fang, H.M., Chang, S.Y., Gin, K.Y. H. Quantitative microbial risk assessment of Salmonella and Enterococcus in Marina Reservoir and catchments (2015) Water Practice and Technology, 10 (3), pp. 527-531. DOI: 10.2166/wpt.2015.060
  34. Tan, B., Ng, C., Nshimyimana, J.P., Loh, L.L., Gin, K.Y.-H., Thompson, J.R. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) for assessment of microbial water quality: Current progress, challenges, and future opportunities (2015) Frontiers in Microbiology, 6 (SEP), art. no. 01027. Cited 13 times. DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01027
  35. Liang, L., Goh, S.G., Vergara, G.G.R.V., Fang, H.M., Rezaeinejad, S., Chang, S.Y., Bayen, S., Lee, W.A., Sobsey, M.D., Rose, J.B., Gin, K.Y.H. Alternative fecal indicators and their empirical relationships with enteric viruses, Salmonella enterica, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in surface waters of a tropical urban catchment (2015) Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 81 (3), pp. 850-860. Cited 16 times. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02670-14
  36. Liu, C., Chang, V.W.C., Gin, K.Y.H., Nguyen, V.T. Genotoxicity of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) to the green mussel (Perna viridis) (2014) Science of the Total Environment, 487 (1), pp. 117-122. Cited 11 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.04.017
  37. Rezaeinejad, S., Vergara, G.G.R.V., Woo, C.H., Lim, T.T., Sobsey, M.D., Gin, K.Y.H. Surveillance of enteric viruses and coliphages in a tropical urban catchment (2014) Water Research, 58, pp. 122-131. Cited 18 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.03.051
  38. Liu, C., Gin, K.Y.H., Chang, V.W.C. Multi-biomarker responses in green mussels exposed to PFCs: Effects at molecular, cellular, and physiological levels (2014) Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21 (4), pp. 2785-2794. Cited 6 times. DOI: 10.1007/s11356-013-2216-6
  39. Liu, C., Chang, V.W.C., Gin, K.Y.H. Oxidative toxicity of perfluorinated chemicals in green mussel and bioaccumulation factor dependent quantitative structure-activity relationship (2014) Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 33 (10), pp. 2323-2332. Cited 2 times. DOI: 10.1002/etc.2679
  40. Pal, A., He, Y., Jekel, M., Reinhard, M., Gin, K.Y.H. Emerging contaminants of public health significance as water quality indicator compounds in the urban water cycle (2014) Environment International, 71, pp. 46-62. Cited 48 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2014.05.025
  41. Gin, K.Y.-H., Goh, S.G. The importance of viable but non-culturable bacteria in monitoring microbial water quality (2013) Drainage Basins and Catchment Management: Classification, Modelling and Environmental Assessment, pp. 1-58. Document Type: Book Chapter Source: Scopus
  42. Liu, C., Chang, V.W.C., Gin, K.Y.H. Environmental toxicity of PFCs: An enhanced integrated biomarker assessment and structure-activity analysis (2013) Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 32 (10), pp. 2226-2233. Cited 8 times. DOI: 10.1002/etc.2306
  43. Rosado-Lausell, S.L., Wang, H., Gutiérrez, L., Romero-Maraccini, O.C., Niu, X.-Z., Gin, K.Y.H., Croué, J.-P., Nguyen, T.H. Roles of singlet oxygen and triplet excited state of dissolved organic matter formed by different organic matters in bacteriophage MS2 inactivation (2013) Water Research, 47 (14), pp. 4869-4879. Cited 24 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2013.05.018
  44. Gin, K.Y.H., Goh, S.G. Modeling the effect of light and salinity on viable but non-culturable (VBNC) Enterococcus (2013) Water Research, 47 (10), pp. 3315-3328. Cited 9 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2013.03.021
  45. Nguyen, T.V., Reinhard, M., Gin, K.Y.H. Rate laws and kinetic modeling of N-ethyl perfluorooctane sulfonamidoethanol (N-EtFOSE) transformation by hydroxyl radical in aqueous solution (2013) Water Research, 47 (7), pp. 2241-2250. Cited 4 times. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2013.01.047

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