My research interest has been in the microbe-environment relationship and its applications. For example, contaminated environment selects for microbes that can degrade and survive the contaminants, which in turn detoxifies the environment. Understanding the involved microbial members and their functions leads to novel bioremediation strategies. Note that “environment” is a board term, ranging from the gut of a type 2 diabetes patient, to a rock collected from the moon. Insight into how microbes survive and reshape their environments is thus beneficial to almost all the aspects of human life (e.g. health, agriculture, and climate change), which consistently interests me. I currectly build computational tools to analyze microbial (meta)genomic data at massive scale.

Interests
  • microbiome research
  • function prediction
  • machine learning
Education
  • Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, 2017

    Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

  • M.Sc. in Biology, 2010

    Central Michigan University

  • B.Sc. in Biology, 2006

    Fudan University

Publications (9)