Dr. Asvapathanagul joined the CSULB Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Management Department in 2012. She holds a B. Eng. in Environmental Engineering from Chiang Mai University, Thailand (2001), and M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering from University of California, Irvine (2009 and 2011).

Her research focuses on using 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 water reclamation plants. Dr. Asvapathanagul is also interested in developing a novel system for sewage highly containing fat, oil and grease.

She serves on the Water Environment Federation's Student and Young Professionals and Water Reuse committees. Her research has been published in Applied Environmental Microbiology and Water Research and other prestigious journals, as well as at conferences around the world.