e-mail: joon [dot] chuah [at] u [dot] nus [dot] edu
- 1999 - 2003 Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
- 2007 - 2009 Master of Engineering (Environmental) - National University of Singapore
- Effects of Forest Clearcutting on Streamwater Quality (B. Eng.)
- Reductive Dehalogenation of Chlorophenols by Anaerobic Microbial Consortia (M. Eng.)
- 2003 - 2007 Civil engineering consultant (Malaysia)
- 2009 - 2010 Environmental engineering consultant (Singapore)
From my days as a clueless undergraduate, I have been working on the subject of water. For my Bachelor's degree, I worked with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia to investigate the effects of forest clearing to the quality of stream water. As a civil and environmental engineer, I have planned and designed drainage systems and waterways in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. I was inspired to come back to school by a water-related poem by Coleridge. For my Master's degree, I cultured microbes that are capable of degrading carcinogenic wastes in wastewater.
Now, for my PhD dissertation, I am screening the drinking water resources (surface and groundwater) of Northern Thailand for potentially health-threatening contaminants. These include biological agents of waterborne diseases like Cryptosporidium and Giardia to the naturally occurring sources like fluoride in groundwater derived from underlying bedrocks.