Xiaojun Zhang

Research Professor

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  • Address: Biological Building 3#415,School of Life Sciences & Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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  • Professor in Microbiology,member of State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism (SKLMM). Member of China Society of Microbiology (CSM)(2006-present). Board member of commission of environmental microbiology in CSM (2008-2021). Vice Secretary-General of Shanghai Society of Microbiology(2015-2024).

Education and Research Experience

  • 1986.9-1990.6  Lanzhou University  undergraduate study
  • 1992.9-1995.6  Lanzhou University  Master degree study
  • 1995.6-1999.8  Lanzhou University   Lecturer
  • 1999.9-2002.8  Cold and arid region environment and engineering research institute, CAS,   Doctoral study
  • 2002.9-2004.5  Norwegian Agricultural University   Postdoctoral research assistance
  • 2004.9-2012.12 Shanghai Jiao Tong University  Associate professor
  • 2012.12-present Shanghai Jiao Tong University   professor

Research Interests

Microbial ecology

Microbial ecology of complex communities in wastewater and soil environment.

Relationship of bacterial community structure and function

Focus on the wastewater and soil environment. 

Bacterial ecology in nitrogen cycle

bacteria in nitrification, denitrification and dissimilatory nitrate reduction to amonium (DNRA) process and nitrious oxide emmision.

Selected Publications

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    Wu X, Wang Y, Zhu Y, Tian H, Qin X, Cui C, Zhao L, Simonet P, Zhang X*.  Variability in the response of bacterial community assembly to environmental selection and biotic factors depends on the immigrated bacteria, as revealed by a soil microcosm experiment. mSystems, 2019, 4:e00496-19.


    Xinxin Wu, Xiaogang Wu, Ji Li, Qiaoyu Wu, Yiming Ma, Weikang Sui, Liping Zhao, Xiaojun Zhang*. Cross-feeding between members of Thauera spp. and Rhodococcus spp. drives quinoline-denitrifying degradation in a hypoxic bioreactor. mSphere, 2020, 5(2): e00246-20. DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00246-20


    Xiaogang Wu, Ji Li, Mengmeng Ji, Qiaoyu Wu, Xinxin Wu, Yiming Ma, Weikang Sui, Liping Zhao, Xiaojun Zhang*. Non-synchronous structural and functional dynamics during the coalescence of two distinct soil bacterial communities. Frontiers in Microbiology, 2019, 10:1125. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.01125. 


    Xianchao Qin, Mengmeng Ji, Xiaogang Wu, Chunjie Li, Yueshu Gao, Ji Li, Qiaoyu Wu, Xiaojun Zhang*, Zhenjia Zhang*. Response of treatment performance and microbial community structure to the temporary suspension of an industrial anaerobic bioreactor. Science of the Total Environment, 2018,646:229-237.


    Yun Wang, Hao Tian, Fei Huang, Wenmin Long, Qianpeng Zhang, Jing Wang, Ying Zhu, Xiaogang Wu, Guanzhou Chen, Liping Zhao, Lars R. Bakken, Åsa Frostegård, Xiaojun Zhang*. Time-resolved analysis of a denitrifying bacterial community revealed a core microbiome responsible for the anaerobic degradation of quinolone. Scientific Reports. 2017, 7: 14778.  DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-15122-0

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    Yang Liuqing,Xiaojun Zhang* & Xiaotang Ju*.  Linkage between N2O emission and functional gene abundance in an intensively managed calcareous fluvo-aquic soil. Scientific Reports. 2017, 7:43283 | DOI: 10.1038/srep43283. 


    Xiaojun Zhang*, Jeseph Nesme, Pascal Simonet and Åsa Frostegård. Fate of invading bacteria in soil and survival of transformants after simulated uptake of transgenes, as evaluated by a model system based on lindane degradation. Research in Microbiology, 2012, 163:200-210. 10.1016/j.resmic.2012.01.007


    Zhang X*,Yue S, Zhong H, Hua W, Chen R, Cao Y,  and Zhao L. A diverse bacterial community in an anoxic quinoline-degrading bioreactor determined by using pyrosequencing and clone library analysis. Applied Microbial and Biotechnology, 2011, 91:425–434.


    Ren H, Gao G, Song Z, Wang W, Zhao L, Zhang X* Bacteria in the injection water differently impacts the bacterial communities of production wells in high-temperature petroleum reservoirs.  Frontiers in Microbiology, 2015; 6:505. DOI:10.3389/fmicb.2015.00505.


    Fei Huang, Ling Ge, Bo Zhang, Yun Wang, Hao Tian, Liping Zhao, Yiliang He, Xiaojun Zhang*. A fullerene colloidal suspension stimulates the growth and denitrification ability of wastewater treatment sludge derived bacteria. Chemosphere, 2014,108:411–417.