Dr. Asvapathanagul is an assistant professor in Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management, College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach. She joins our department in 2012. She received her B. Eng. in Environmental Engineering from Chiang Mai University, Thailand in 2001, M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering in University of California at Irvine (2009 and 2011). Her doctoral dissertation relates to the application of molecular tools to understand bulking and foaming filamentous bacteria in activated sludge systems.
Dr. Asvapathanagul's research specialize is in molecular techniques. Her interests cover the use of molecular tools to understand microbial activities and resolve problems in biological water reclamation processes and in the environment. She developed several molecular primers and probes for bacterial detection in the water reclamation plants. Dr. Asvapathanagul is also interested in developing a novel system for sewage highly containing fat, oil and grease, grey water recycling, dewatering technology and anaerobic digestion.
She serves as a committee for Water Environment Federation Student and Young Professional as well as Water Reuse. Numerous of her research has been published in prestige literature journals such as Applied Environmental Microbiology and Water Research. Her works have been presented at state, national and global conferences.