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Xinzhao Tong

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Dr. Xinzhao Tong joined the Department of Biological Science of XJTLU in 2022. She received her Ph.D. from the City University of Hong Kong in 2019. After that, she continued her postdoctoral research also at the City University of Hong Kong. Over the past seven years, her focus has centered on exploring microbiomes within built environments and humans, delving into the intricate microbial interactions between occupants and indoor space, and deciphering the mechanisms underlying the transmission of antibiotic-resistance genes. Currently, her curiosity lies in investigating the diversity and functions of microbial communities within built environments and those associated with humans. Notably, she is interested in studying pathogenic microorganisms distribution and transmission routes in public indoor environments and clinical settings. Additionally, she directs her attention to understanding the functional role of microbiomes and their metabolites in individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Dr. Tongs research necessitates a comprehensive grasp of various disciplines, including biology, ecology, microbiology, biological statistics, and bioinformatics. A diverse toolkit of bioinformatic resources, statistical techniques, and machine-learning methodologies may be employed in the data analysis of her research.Dr. Tong is now accepting self-funded Ph.D. students. Highly motivated students with backgrounds in biological sciences, bioinformatics, biological engineering, environmental sciences, or biostatistics who find resonance with Dr. Tongs research are encouraged to apply. Interested individuals can submit their CVs to童心昭博士,2022年加入西交利物浦大学生物科学系,任助理教授。童博士长期从事建筑环境和人体微生物的组学研究,旨在利用高通量测序技术,结合环境与临床参数,通过网络构建、追踪溯源、比较基因组学等方法、机器学习等算法以及中性模型等生态学理论模型对微生物组学数据进行分析和挖掘,揭示微生物与人体和环境间的相互作用。童博士目前的研究方向包括:1)微生物在建筑环境内的分布特征和传播模式,重点研究人类活动和环境因素介导病原菌在人群密集的公共建筑室内环境如医院等的分布、传播、演替规律及其耐药基因组的组成和演化;2)肠道微生物及其代谢物在调控人体健康和疾病中的作用,重点研究肥胖和糖尿病等代谢疾病的病理生理机制,包括肠道菌群在代谢相关疾病中发生发展的作用机制,肠道菌群在药物干预代谢疾病中的作用机制等。童博士的研究涉及多个学科领域,包括生物信息学、生物科学、微生物学、进化生物学、分子生物学、环境科学和生物统计学。如有对童博士研究方向感兴趣,且有志攻读博士学位的相关学科领域的本科生或者硕士研究生,欢迎通过邮件(联系童博士。

Research interests

Antibiotic resistance

Gut microbiome

Microbial Ecology

Host-microbe interactions

Human and built environment microbiome


Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2022 to Present

Postdoc, School of Energy and Environment, City University of Hong Kong, 2019-2022


BIO316 High-Throughput Approaches and Systems Biology

BIO304 Biotechnology and Society

BIO303 Final Year Project

BIO203 Pathogenic Microbiology

Awards and honours

2013, Best Student Paper Award. The 3rd International Conference on Selenium in the Environment and Human Health

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., City University of Hong Kong, 2019

M.Sc., University of Science and Technology of China, 2014

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