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. GIN*, KYH, S G GOH* and R P NIHAR, "Predictive models for the occurrence of viable but non-culturable (VBNC) bacteria under various environmental stresses". Water Practice & Technology, 6, no. 4 (2011). (United Kingdom).
  2. GIN*, KYH, U Ramaswamy and A.P. Gopalakrishnan, "Comparison of nutrient limitation in freshwater and estuarine reservoirs in tropical urban Singapore". Journal of Environmental Engineering-ASCE, 137, no. 10 (2011): 913-919. (United States).
  3. Xu*, Y, V T NGUYEN*, M Reinhard* and KYH GIN*, "Photodegradation kinetics of p-tert-octylphenol, 4-tert-octylphenoxy-acetic acid and ibuprofen under simulated solar conditions in surface water". Chemosphere, 85, no. 5 (2011): 790-796. (United Kingdom).
  4. Aw*, T.G. and KYH GIN*, "Prevalence and Genetic Diversity of Waterborne Pathogenic Viruses in Surface Waters of Tropical Urban Catchments". Journal of Applied Microbiology, 110, no. 4 (2011): 903-914. (United Kingdom).
  5. Liu*, C.H., KYH GIN*, V.W.C. Chang, B.P.L. Goh and M Reinhard, "Novel perspectives on the bioaccumulation of PFCs - The concentration dependency". Environmental Science &Technology, 45, no. 22 (2011). (United States).
  6. Te*, S.H. and KYH GIN*, "The dynamics of cyanobacteria and microcystin production in a tropical reservoir of Singapore". HARMFUL ALGAE, 10, no. 3 (2011): 319-329. (United States).
  7. Xu*, Y, F Luo, A Pal, KYH GIN and M Reinhard, "Occurrence of emerging organic contaminants in a tropical urban catchment in Singapore.". Chemosphere, 83 (2011):963-969. (United Kingdom).
  8. Nguyen*, V.T., M Reinhard* and KYH GIN*, "Occurrence and source characterization of perfluorochemicals in an urban watershed". Chemosphere, 82 (2010): 1277-1285. (United Kingdom).
  9. Pal*, A, KYH GIN*, A.Y.C. Lin and M. Reinhard, "Impacts of Emerging Organic Contaminants on Freshwater Resources: Review of Recent Occurrences, Sources, Fate, and Effects ". Science of the Total Environment, 408, no. 24 (2010): 6062-6069. (Netherlands).
  10. Aw*, T.G. and KYH GIN*, "Environmental surveillance and molecular characterization of human enteric viruses in tropical urban wastewaters". Journal of Applied Microbiology, 109, no. 2 (2010): 716-730. (United Kingdom).
  11. Volodymr*, I, J.J.W. Lim, O Stabnikova and KYH GIN, "Biodegradation of estrogens by facultative anaerobic iron-reducing bacteria". Process Biochemistry, 45, no. 2 (2010): 284-287. (United Kingdom).
  12. GIN*, KYH and A.P. Gopalakrishnan, "Sediment oxygen demand and nutrient fluxes for a tropical reservoir in Singapore". Journal of Environmental Engineering-ASCE, 136, no. 1 (2010): 78-85. (United States).
  13. Aw*, T.G., KYH GIN*, L.L.E. Oon, E.X. Chen and C.H. Woo, "Prevalence and genotypes of human noroviruses in tropical urban surface waters and clinical samples in Singapore ". Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75, no. 15 (2009): 4984-4992. (United States).
  14. Sachidanadham*, R and KYH GIN*, "Flow cytometric analysis of prolonged stress-dependent heterogeneity in bacterial cells". Fems Microbiology Letters, 290, no. 2 (2009): 143-148. (Netherlands).
  15. Sachidanadham*, R and KYH GIN*, "A dormancy state in non-spore forming bacteria". Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 81, no. 5 (2009): 927-941. (United States).
  16. Lim*, T.H., M Reinhard, Y.H. Chen, J.H. Tay and KYH GIN*, "Potential for 17b-Estradiol and Estrone Degradation in a Recharge Aquifer System". Journal of Environmental Engineering-ASCE, 133, no. 8 (2007): 819-826. (United States).
  17. Ke*, J, KYH GIN*, M Reinhard, T.H. Lim and J.H. Tay, "Characterization of Estrogen-Degrading Bacteria Isolated from an Artificial Sandy Aquifer with Ultrafiltered Secondary Effluent as the Medium". Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 75, no. 5 (2007): 1163-1171. (United States).

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