On July 25, we are honored to have a special interview with Dr. Gaungming Jiang, an excellent expert from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia.
Based on Dr. Jiang’s expertise in the research of wastewater-based epidemiology, the Editor-in-Chief of Water Emerging Contaminants & Nanoplastics, Dr. Antonio Ginebreda asked the following six questions and discussed these topics during the interview:
Q1. What are the research trends and challenges in your field(s) of expertise? What are your current research lines?
Q2. During the recent COVID-19 outbreak the measurement of the incidence and evolution of the population through sewage monitoring has been revealed as a promising tool, complementary to the conventional single-individual control. What are the pros and cons of this new approach in your opinion?
Q3. Beyond the aforementioned example of COVID, what other applications of sewage epidemiology do you foresee as most promising for the near future?
Q4. Wastewater epidemiology is a scientific field where multidisciplinary research teams seem to be a must since there is a lot of expertise involved: Analytical chemistry and biochemistry, microbiology, engineering, epidemiology, socio-economy, etc. What is your opinion in this respect?
Q5. Microbial corrosion of materials is another research area in which you are active. Again, this is another example in which multidisciplinary is necessary (microbiology, engineering, chemistry, materials science, etc.). The richness of multidisciplinary approaches appears thus as a general trait of current scientific research. What is your opinion?
Q6. In all the above examples, both fundamental and applied science seem necessary. Do you agree with this statement?
It’s a great interview that lets us have a further impression of the research Dr. Jiang is doing and know many insightful opinions from Dr. Jiang.
The Editorial Office will initiate more meaningful interviews with experts to exchange their ideas and share cutting-edge updates in this field.
Respectfully Submitted by the Journal Editorial Office
Water Emerging Contaminants & Nanoplastics
Dr. Jiang’s Biography
Guangming Jiang, MD, has broad research interests in wastewater treatment processes, environmental health, wastewater pathogens, wastewater-based epidemiology, microbiologically influenced corrosion, bioconcrete, and modelling. Now, he is leading or participating as chief investigator in a number of major projects funded by the Australian government, including six ARC projects as a Chief Investigator, one ARC DECRA, one Queensland Accelerate Fellowship, one Australian Academy of Science project, nine industry contract projects and four university internal projects.
Dr. Jiang was awarded his PhD in Environmental Engineering at The University of Queensland. Also, he completed a Master of Applied Science in Environmental Microbiology (Lincoln University), and a Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering (Harbin Institute of Technology).
His international research collaborators and partners are from top institutes like Stanford University and Technical University of Denmark. He is a member of the European MIC Network funded by European Cooperation COST Action in 2021. He is also the leading Australian researcher of the World Health Organization (WHO) funded Global Sewage Surveillance Project (2020-) at Technical University of Denmark. Now he is leading and coordinating the Asia-Pacific Network for Wastewater Monitoring of COVID-19, funded by the Australian Academy of Science and the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (www.watmoc.com).
Dr. Jiang has published 100+ SCI journal papers, primarily in top journals like Water Research, Environmental Science & Technology. His previous research outcome has led to a fully commercialized technology through USP Technologies Ltd. in the USA. Also, he provides consulting and testing services to some major wastewater infrastructure projects like Singapore Deep Tunnel Sewerage System and Auckland Interception Sewer. He is a member of a few major water and environmental associations, including International Water Association (IWA), Australian Water Association (AWA), Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) and Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA).