C. Sunny Jiang

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Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Adjunct Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

PH.D., University of South Florida

Phone: (949) 824-5527
Fax: (949) 824-3672
Email: sjiang@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
Engineering Tower 716E, lab at 709
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Environmental Engineering; Desalination; Membrane Fouling; Water Reuse; QMRA; Low Impact Development; Water Microbiology, Microbial Ecology
Academic Distinctions
• Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring
• Excellence in Teaching, Division of Undergraduate Education
• Environmental Project Award, Environmental Professionals Organization
• Pacific Rim Universities Fellow, University of California, Office of the President
• The Sackett Prize for Innovative Research, University of South Florida
Research Abstract
Research in Dr. Jiang’s group fall in two main areas:
1) Water/environmental biotechnology, and
2) Aquatic/marine microbial ecology.

Sustainable water supply through seawater desalination and wastewater reuse is the future to meet water demand both locally and internationally. Dr. Jiang group studies technologies to reduce energy consumption for seawater desalination by prevention of membrane biofouling. For wastewater reuse, public health risk is the most critical question. Dr. Jiang group is developing online monitoring system to monitor the fate of microbial pathogens in wastewater treatment and water reuse. Risk assessment models are applied to risk analysis and policy decision.

Costal water represents an important economic resource. The second area of Dr. Jiang research focuses on microbial quality in the coastal water. Her team has investigated pathogens in coastal water and human health risk. They helped the cities and counties to identify the source and causes of water pollution using microbial source tracking. More recently, control of harmful algal blooms and toxigenesis of diatom species Peudonitzchia has been an active area of investigation.
Publications in recent 3 years (H-index 26, http://www.researcherid.com/rid/H-7702-2012)
48. Goel, A. K., M. Jain, P. Kumar, S. C. Jiang. 2010. Molecular characterization of Vibrio cholerae outbreak strains with altered El Tor biotype from Southern India. World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology. Online DOI:10.1007/s11274-009-0171-7, 26:281-287.
49. Zhang M, H. Zhao, J. Yang, S. Jiang, B. Cai. 2010. Detection and quantification of enteroviruses in coastal seawaters from Bohai Bay, Tianjin, China. Journal of Environmental Science. 22: 150-154.
50. Reyes, V. and S.C. Jiang. 2010. Ecology of coliphages in southern California coastal waters. Journal of Applied Microbiology. February doi:10.1111/j.1365-2672.2010.04676.x 109: 431-440.
51. Li, D., M. He, S.C. Jiang. 2010. Detection of infectious adenoviruses in environmental waters by fluorescence-activated cell sorting assay. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. doi:10.1128/AEM.01937-09. 76: 1442-1448.
52. Surbeck, C.Q., S. Grant, S.C. Jiang. 2010. Influence of nutrients on growth of fecal indicator bacteria in an urban stream. Environmental Science & Technology. 10.1021/es903496m. 44: 631-637.
53. Li, D., H. Shi, S. C Jiang. 2010. Concentration of viruses from environmental waters using nanoalumina fiber filters. J. Microb. Methods. doi:10.1016/j.mimet.2010.01.018, 81: 33-38.
54. Zhang, M., S. Jiang, D. Tanuwidjaja, N. Voutchkov, E.M.V. Hoek, B. Cai. 2011. Composition and variability of biofouling organisms in seawater reverse osmosis desalination plants. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 77: 4390-4398
55. Goel, A. K. and S.C. Jiang. 2011. Influence of heavy rainfalls on genotype diversity among Vibrio Cholerae outbreak strains. International Journal of Microbiology. doi:10.1155/2011/230597
56. Tseng, L., and S. C. Jiang. 2012. Comparison of recreational health risks associated with surfing and swimming in dry weather and post-storm conditions at Southern California beaches using quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA). Marine Pollution Bulletin. 64: 912-918
57. Grant, S., Saphores, J., Feldman, D. L., Hamilton, A. J., Fletcher, T. D., Cook, P. L. M., Stewardson, M., Sanders, B. F., Levin, L. A., Ambrose, R., Deletic, A., Brown, R., Jiang, S. C., Rosso, D., Cooper, W. J., and Marusic, I. 2012. Taking the “Waste” Out of “Wastewater” for Human Water Security and Ecosystem Sustainability. Science. print ISSN 0036-8075; online ISSN 1095-9203. 337: 681-686
58. Katebian, L. S. C. Jiang. 2013. Marine bacterial biofilm formation and its responses to periodic hyperosmotic stress on a flat sheet membrane for seawater desalination pretreatment. Journal of Membrane Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2012.08.027 425: 182–189
59. Dickinson, G., K.Y. Lim, S. C. Jiang. 2013. Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment of Pathogenic Vibrios in Marine Recreational Waters of Southern California. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 79:294-392.
60. Huang, S., N. Voutchkov, S. C. Jiang. 2013. Investigation of environmental influences on membrane biofouling in a Southern California desalination pilot plant. Desalination 319: 1–9
61. Wang, H,, Jiang, S., Wang Y, Xiao, B. 2013 Substrate removal and electricity generation in a membrane-less microbial fuel cell for biological treatment of wastewater. Bioresource Technology 138: 109–116
62. Sison-Mangus, M., S. C. Jiang, K. Tran, R. Kudela. 2013. Host-specific adaptation governs the interaction of the marine diatom, Pseudo-nitzschia and their microbiota. The ISME Journal. 1-14
63. Lim, K, S. C. Jiang. 2013. Reevaluation of health risk standards for sustainable water practice through risk analysis of rooftop-harvested rainwater. Water Research.47:7273-7286.
Professional Society
American Society for Microbiology
Other Experience
Center for Virus Research

Graduate Programs


Public Health

Environmental Toxicology

Research Centers
Center for Virus Research http://cvr.bio.uci.edu/
Urban Water Research Center
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