Assistant Professor of Biology
•BS: Microbiology, Kyungpook National University, Korea
•PhD: Microbial Ecology, University of Virginia
•Postdoc: Oak Ridge National Laboratory & University of Oklahoma
Major Area of Research
•Microbial community ecology
•Modern Concepts in Bioscience (BIO 1305)
•General Microbiology (BIO 4401)
•Applied and Environmental Micriobiology
I am interested in understanding and determining diversity, dynamics and distribution of microbial community. Even with the overwhelming significance of microbes in their abundance, biomass and contribution to the ecosystem services, systematic and comprehensive research has not been very abundant. With rapid advancement in molecular and analytical technologies as well as computational approaches, I am particularly interested in conducting research on, including:
•Characterizing and determining microbial communities of ecologically active sites (e.g., freshwater & salt  marsh sediment), particularly in their temporal dynamics under natural and disturbance (e.g., pollution,  climate change) circumstances.
•Understanding spatial distribution and scaling of microbial communities, particularly in their functional aspect  (e.g., N cycle) using both target functional genes (e.g., amoA) and overall activity (e.g., ammonium oxidation).
•Linking diversity, dynamics and distribution of microbial community with environmental constraining factors  (e.g., nutrient, pH, geographic distance).
•Expanding and validating of ecological laws (e.g., island biogeography, diversity-stability relationship) of  macro-organisms into microbial systems.
Due to the multidisciplinary nature of my research interests, my research group is actively engaged with other research groups from biology, Environmental Science and Geology, as part of multidisciplinary research effort CRASR (Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Science Research) as well as other institutes through collaboration. The educational and research opportunities cover including molecular biology, biogeochemistry, community ecology and environmental sciences. Those undergraduate and graduate students not afraid of getting dirty at field and delicate lab works would have a wonderful time joining in my research group. I look forward to meeting with those interested in research activities in my group.
Z. Lu, Z. He, V.A. Parisi, S. Kang, J.D. Van Nostrand, J.R. Masoner, I.M. Cozzarelli, J.M. Suflita & J. Zhou. 2012. GeoChip-based analysis of microbial functional gene diversity in a landfill leachate-contaminated aquifer. Environmental Science & Technology 46:5824-5833
É. Yergeau, S. Bokhorst, S. Kang, J. Zhou, C.W. Greer, R. Aerts & G.A. Kowalchuk. 2012. Shifts in soil microorganisms in response to warming are consistent across a range of Antarctic environments. The ISME Journal 6:692-702
Z. He, M. Xu, Y. Deng, S. Kang, L.E. Kellog, L. Wu, J.D. van Nostrand, S.E Hobbie, P.B. Reich & J. Zhou. 2010 Metagenomic analysis reveals a marked divergence in the functional structure of belowground microbial communities at elevated CO2. Ecology Letters 13:564-575
J. Zhou*, S. Kang, C.W. Shadt & C.T. Garten, 2008. Spatial scaling of functional gene diversity across various microbial taxa. PNAS 105: 7768-7773. (*equal contribution)
É. Yergeau, S. Kang, Z. He, J. Zhou & G.A. Kowalchuk, 2008. Functional microarray analysis of nitrogen and carbon cycling genes across an Antarctic latitudinal transect. The ISME Journal 1:163-179