Dr. Asli Aslan is a water microbiologist and her primary research areas include
microbial source tracking, health risk assessment of water resources and ecology of
pathogens in the aquatic environment. Her research program bridges ecosystem and public
health. 

Dr. Aslan is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Health
Sciences at in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern
University. Dr. Aslan holds PhD. and MSc. degrees from Istanbul University, Institute of
Marine Sciences and Management. She has completed her post-doctoral studies at Michigan
State University, College of Natural Resources and Agriculture. 

Dr. Aslan has conducted and participated in several health-related water microbiology
projects in countries including Turkey, Malawi, Ghana, Tanzania and USA, authored various
manuscripts and presented in numerous conferences. She is currently the coordinator of
International Collaboration for Sewage (IC Sewage); a global network that connects
experts in water quality research. She has been serving in various state and federal
agencies and organizations as an advisor, reviewer, scientific committee member and/or
affiliated faculty (USEPA, NSF, ASPPH, Georgia Coastal Research Council, Institute for
Coastal Plain Science, Michigan and Georgia DNR). 

For more information please visit the "Water Quality Reseach Group" website:
www.asliaslan.net 

Funded Grants

Identification of the Sources of Pathogens in Wetland Sediments and Their Influence on Beach Water Quality (2014)

Funded by: NOAA and GA DNR Georgia Coastal Management Program, $233,242.00), (October 2014-October 2015). Indicator...

 

Building Beach Managers Capacity for Using Rapid Tools (2010)

Funded by; USEPA and Michigan DNR, $225,000.00, October 2010-April 2013

Rapid quantitative polymerase chain reaction...

 

Healthier Great Lakes Beaches Through Improved Communication (2010)

Funded by; USEPA and Michigan DNR, $100,000.00, October 2010-April 2012

This three-pronged project will improve...

 

The Spatio-temporal Distribution and Identification of Aerobic Heterotrophic Bacteria Isolated from the Black and the Marmara Seas (2006)

Funded by: Istanbul University Research Fund, $6,000.00), Project no: T-1048, 2006-2008

 

Microbiological Pollution Monitoring at the Coastal Areas of Istanbul (2002)

Funded by: General Directorate of Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration, $400,000.00, 2002-2008

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

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Analysis of the persistence of enteric markers in sewage polluted water on a solid matrix and in liquid suspension (with Yolanda Brooks, Sushil Tamrakar, Bharathi Murali, Jade Mitchell, and Joan Rose), Water Research (2015)
 

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Influence of the Extreme Conditions on the Water Quality and Material Exchange Flux in the Strait of Istanbul (with Husne Altiok, Suleyman Ovez, Nazli Demirel, Ahsen Yuksek, Nur Kiratli, Seyfettin Tas, Ahmet Edip Muftuoglu, Halil Ibrahim Sur, and Erdogan Okus), Journal of Marine Systems (2014)
 

Case Study, Hurricane Katrina (with Joan B. Rose), Vulnerability and Resilience of Water Systems Under Global Extremes (2014)
 

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Evaluation of the Host Specificity of Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron alpha-1-6, mannanase Gene as a Sewage Marker (with Joan B. Rose), Letters in Applied Microbiology (2013)

The specificity of a short fragment functional gene marker (alpha-1-6, mannanase) in Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron was...

 

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Escherichia coli, Enterococcus spp. and Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron qPCR Signals Through Wastewater and Septage Treatment (with Sangeetha Srinivasan, Irene Xagoraraki, Evangelyn Alocilja, and Joan B. Rose), Water Research (2011)

Fecal indicators such as Escherichia coli and enterococci are used as regulatory tools to monitor...

 

Conference Presentations and Proceedings

Assessment of Fecal Indicator Bacteria in Sachet Water Collected from the Streets of Ghana (with Christina J. Beslin), Georgia Southern University Research Symposium (2015)

Water sachets are one of the main sources of potable drinking water people in West...

 

Microbial Quality of Oysters and Oyster Growing Waters in Chatham County (with Samantha McNeal), Georgia Southern University Research Symposium (2015)

Fecal indicator bacteria (FIB), are commonly used to detect microbiological quality of shellfish. Total coliform...

 

Diurnal variations of fecal indicator bacteria and microbial source tracking markers in an urban beach (with Sara Benevente), International Symposium on Waterborne Pathogens/American Water Works Association (2015)
 

Assessment of Environmental Contaminants Resulting from a Wastewater Treatment Plant (with B. Odion and Sara Benevente), Georgia Public Health Association 86th Annual Meeting and Conference (2015)
 

Limitations of Routine Beach Monitoring and Its Potential Impact on Public Health (with Sara Benevente), Georgia Public Health Association 86th Annual Meeting and Conference (2015)
 

Invited Speaker

Microbial Source Tracking in Sub Saharan Africa Waters, Tanzania Partnership Meeting (2012)
 

Water Quality in Food Industry, MJN Food Safety Advisory Panel (2012)
 

Water Quality and Health: Current Technology and Global Applications, American-Turkish Higher Education Forum: Trends in Higher Education (2012)
 

Other Publications

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A Guidance Document for Testing Recreational Waters Using EPA qPCR Method 1611 (with J. Kinzelman, T. Anan'eva, J. S. Lavender, and E. Dreelin) (2013)
 

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A Training Video for Testing Recreational Waters Using EPA qPCR Method 1611 (with E. Dreelin, D. Poulson, and A. Pavangadkar) (2012)
 

Towards a Healthier Water Environment: IC SEWAGE (with W. Ahmed, A. Farnleitner, Y. Masago, H. Taylor, and Joan B. Rose) (2010)
 

How Do We Test for Viruses? (with G. A. Burlingame, Joan B. Rose, I. Xagoraraki, and A. D. Coulliette) (2009)
 

Other Research Projects

Chicago Health, Environmental Exposure and Recreation Study (CHEERS) (2008)

Funded by: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, (2008-2009)

The Chicago Health, Environmental Exposure,...

 

City of Toledo Ballasted Flocculation Pathogen Sampling Study (2008)

Funded by: USEPA and the City of Toledo, (2008-2012)

 

Anaerobic Degradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Anoxic Marine Environments (2006)

Funded by: The scientific and technological research council of Turkey TUBITAK (CAYDAG). (2006-2010)

 

Marine Biological Diversity Assessment of Fethiye Bay (2005)

(Authority for Specially Protected Areas, Ministry of Environment) (2005)

 

Marine Biological Diversity Assessment of Gokova Special Environmental Protection Area (2005)

Funded by: Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Authority for Specially Protected Areas, Ministry of Environment...

 

Technical Reports

Building Beach Managers Capacity for Using Rapid Tools Submitted to Michigan DNR (with E. Dreelin) (2013)

Rapid quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) methods are ready for use to provide timely information...

 

Enteric Virus Occurrence in Chicago River (with F. Simmons and I. Xagoraraki) (2010)

Submitted to University of Illinois, CHEERS Program coordinator (Peer reviewed)

 

Marine Biological Diversity Assessment of Gokova Special Environmental Protection Area (with Erdoğan Okuş, Ahsen Yüksek, M. Baki Yokes, İ. Noyan Yilmaz, S. Ünsal Karhan, Nazlı Demirel, Volkan Demir, Sibel Zeki, Seyfettin Taş, Halil İbrahim Sur, Hüsne Altıok, Edip Müftüoğlu, N. Balkis, A. Aksu, E. Dogan, and C. Gazioglu) (2006)

Published by: Authority for Specially Protected Areas, Turkish Ministry of Environment, ISBN 975-8273-91-4. (Peer reviewed)

 

Sampling Programme at the Sea of Marmara on Behalf of Mempis Project 2006 (with Halil İbrahim Sur, K. C. Guven, Erdoğan Okuş, O. Algan, C. Gazioglu, Ahsen Yüksek, Hüsne Altıok, N. Balkis, Seyfettin Taş, İ. Noyan Yilmaz, S. Ünsal Karhan, Edip Müftüoğlu, A. Aksu, Nazlı Demirel, S. Cumali, P. S. Cifci, S. Ozcan, B. Ozsoylu, and E. Kirci-Elmas) (2006)

Sampling Programme at the Sea of Marmara on Behalf of Mempis Project 2006. (Peer reviewed)

 

Volgoneft 248 Oil Pollution Monitoring (with K. C. Guven, Erdoğan Okuş, Halil İbrahim Sur, Ahsen Yüksek, A. Unlu, C. Gazioglu, Hüsne Altıok, Seyfettin Taş, Edip Müftüoğlu, İ. Noyan Yilmaz, and S. Ünsal Karhan) (2005)

Volgoneft 248 Oil Pollution Monitoring Published by: Omur Marine Limited Inc. (Peer reviewed)