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I am a microbial ecologist studying microbial food web ecology and community assembly. I obtained my PhD at Technical University of Munich in Germany and did my postdoctoral research at Westlake University before I joined the Department of Health and Environmental Sciences (HES), XJTLU. My research focuses on microbial interactions in natural (e.g., soil) and engineered (e.g., wastewater treatment systems) communities with particular interest in microbial predation. Meta-omic approaches are mainly employed in my research, combined with stable isotope labelling, to investigate the diversity, function, and metabolic features of predatory bacteria, with the ultimate aim to exploit predatory bacteria as biocontrol agents against pathogens and to regulate microbiome, towards sustainable environmental and human health. My other research interests include how microorganisms respond to environmental disturbance, e.g., nutrient inputs and contamination, and biodegradation of emerging pollutants.

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Research interests

Microbial food webs in natural and engineered ecosystems

Functions and applications of predatory bacteria

Microbial community assembly mechanisms


Assistant Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2023 - present

PostDoc/Research Assistant Professor, Westlake University, 2018 - 2023


ENV221 Introductory Statistics for Environmental Scientists

ENV407 Frontiers in Environmental Sciences

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Technical University of Munich - 2018

MSc, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich - 2012

BSc, Sun Yat-sen University - 2010

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