Dr. Tiong Gim Aw is an Assistant Professor of water quality program in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at the Tulane University. Prior to joining the faculty at Tulane, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and his B.Eng in Environmental Engineering from University of Technology Malaysia. His research interests lie at the intersection of microbial ecology, water quality and human/environmental health. His current research program focuses on data-driven discovery and the integration of biological big data towards the study of microbiome in natural and engineered water systems and their impacts on our environment and health. His other areas of expertise include rapid detection of waterborne and foodborne pathogens by advanced molecular techniques, fate and transport of viruses in urban water catchments, microbial source tracking, quantitative microbial risk assessment and water issues in developing countries.