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Yongtao Zhu

Associate Professor

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20092024

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Personal profile

Personal profile

Dr. Zhu joined the Department of Biological Sciences at XJTLU as an Associate Professor in January 2023. He received his B.S. in Bioscience at Hebei University of Science and Technology in 2006, and Ph.D. in Microbiology at Shandong University in 2011. After finishing his Ph.D., Dr. Zhu continued his academic career as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the US until 2018. He then became an Assistant Professor at Minnesota State University Mankato in 2018 and worked there until January 2023. Dr. Zhu’s research has been mainly focused on the genetic manipulation of bacteria in the phylum Bacteroidetes and their mechanisms of gliding motility, polysaccharide degradation, protein secretion, and pathogenicity. Dr. Zhu’s teaching interest is microbiology-related courses including General Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Food Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, and Gut Microbiology.

Research interests

Genetic manipulation of Bacteroidetes

Type IX Secretion System

Fish pathogens

Gliding motility

Cellulase and cellulose degradation

Experience

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2023-present

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2018-2023

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2011-2018

Teaching

BIO402 Research Project

BIO303 Final Year Project

BIO106 The Biology of Microbes

BIOL 270 General Microbiology, Department of Biological Sciences, Minnesota State University Mankato,2018 – 2022

BIOL399: RISEbio Research, Department of Biological Sciences, Minnesota State University Mankato, 2021– 2022

BIOL 472/572 Microbial Ecology and Bioremediation, Department of Biological Sciences, Minnesota StateUniversity Mankato, 2019 – 2022

BIOL 478/578 Food Microbiology and Sanitation, Department of Biological Sciences, Minnesota StateUniversity Mankato, 2019 – 2022

BIOL 619 Special Topics for Graduate Students – Gut Microbiota and Human Health. 2020

BIO SCI-536 Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Guest Lecture, 2017

Awards and honours

2022 Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences Faculty Award, Minnesota State University,Mankato

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

B.S., Hebei University of Science and Technology, Shijiazhuang, China - 2006

Ph.D., Shandong University, Jinan, China - 2011

Person Types

  • Staff

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