Research Interests

​Professor Hong’s research interests include molecular microbiology and microbial aspects in water and wastewater ecosystems. The main motivation of her research is driven by the need to address water scarcity issues worldwide. Her research program aims to encourage the use of treated wastewater through a two way approach: (i) understanding the microbial safety concerns related to wastewater reuse, and (ii) developing anaerobic membrane bioreactor to improve quality of treated wastewater.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2009
  • B.Eng., Chemical and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2004

Professional Profile


  • 2012- Present: Assistant Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Illinois, USA
  • ​2009-2010: Research Fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore​

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Member, American Society of Microbiology (ASM)
  • Member, International Water Association
  • Member, Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors
  • Editorial Board Member, Nature Scientific Reports (Microbiology)

KAUST Affiliations


  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​