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Prof. Stanley Lau

Fecal pollution of water resources is an environmental problem as old as the human civilization. For many decades, governments around the world have been relying on a small of fecal bacteria, such Escherichia coli and Enterococcus spp., as pollution indicators. However, emerging evidence suggests that such strategy suffers from a number of limitations and biases that preclude accurate, efficient and timely detection of pollution events. Stanley Lau’s current research aims at innovating the water pollution monitoring technology through basic understanding of the genetic diversity and behavior of fecal bacteria in aquatic environments.