Research Interests

  • Microbial community assembly mechanisms, e.g., selection, competition, dispersal, ecological drift.
  • Microbial ecology in environmental engineering and global changes.
  • Global/continental microbiome: biogeography in different dimensions of diversity.
  • Development of software/packages/tools for microbial ecology studies

Funded Projects

Principal Investigator


Dimensions US-China: Collaborative Research: Quantifying the Impact of Eutrophication on the World’s Grassland Soil Microbial Biodiversity and Functioning. US National Science Foundation (DEB-2129235; PI: Jizhong Zhou, Daliang Ning; public abstract)


Collaborative Research: MTM 2: Searching for General Rules Governing Microbiome Dynamics Using Anaerobic Digesters as Model Systems. US National Science Foundation (EF-2025558; PI: Jizhong Zhou, Daliang Ning; public abstract)


Expression profiling and regulation of cytochrome P450s in degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by a white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium. National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31000066; PI: Daliang Ning)


Degradation function of cytochrome P450 and enzymic mechanism concerning both extracellular enzymes and P450s in PAHs metabolism by the white rot fungus. China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 20090460302; PI: Daliang Ning)

Senior Personnel


Microbes Achieve Resistance to MicroOrganism-influenced Rust (μARMOR):An Integrated Platform for Defeating Corrosion. US DARPA (Award No. HR00112320006)


ENIGMA: From Genomes to Ecosystems: Systems-Level Mechanistic Understanding of Microbial Stress Responses at Chromium Contaminated Sites. US Department of Energy (DE-AC02-05CH11231; PI: Paul Adams, Adam Arkin;


Risk evaluation and uncertainty analysis of volatile and semi-volatile organic pollutants in the industrial contaminated sites in China. China Environment Protection Public Welfare Program. * I left in 2012.


Technology development and demonstration for water pollution control and water quality improvement in old urban area. The National Key Project on Water Environmental Pollution Control (No. 2008ZX07313-001)


P450 inducement by POPs and its involvement in POPs biodegradation in white rot fungus. National Natural Science Foundation of China



Cross-Kingdom Interactions: the Foundation for Nutrient Cycling in Grassland Soils. US Department of Energy (DE-SC0020163; PI: Mary Firestone; public abstract)


Establishment to Senescence: Plant-Microbe and Microbe-Microbe Interactions Mediate Switchgrass Sustainability. US Department of Energy (DE-SC0014079; PI: Mary Firestone; public abstract)


From Structure to Functions: Metagenomics-Enabled Predictive Understanding of Soil Microbial Feedbacks to Climate Change. U.S. Department of Energy (DE-SC0004601; PI: Jizhong Zhou)


Experimental Macroecology: Effects of Temperature on Biodiversity. US National Science Foundation (EF-1065844; PI: Michael Kaspari, Jizhong Zhou, Zhili HE; public abstract)  * I participated in 2012-2016


Nitrous oxide emission and underlying mechanisms in the subtropical forests with high nitrogen deposition in China. State Key Joint Laboratory of Environment Simulation and Pollution Control Research Foundation.


Biological conversion and degradation of typical POPs in environment. The Key project of National Natural Science Foundation of China

updated 2023.8.26