Jizhong Zhou, Ph.D.

Presidential Professor
Director of Institute for Environmental Genomics

2023 Stephenson Research and Technology Center
101 David L Boren Blvd
Norman, OK 73019
(405)325-6073 (Office)
(405)325-3052 (Lab)


B.Sc., Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, China, 1981
M.Sc., Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha, China, 1984
Ph.D., Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1993
Postdoc, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1993-1995
Postdoc, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, 1996-1997

Zhou Lab Website

Research Areas:  Microbiology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Anaerobic Microbiology

Research interests:

The long-term research interests in my lab are centered on environmental microbiology across different organizational levels ranging from genomes to ecosystems, which can be further divided into the following areas: (1) Functional genomics: Linking genes to functions through understanding gene functions and regulatory networks by focusing on several important groups of microorganisms; (2) Genomics technologies: Developing integrated high throughput experimental and bioinformatic technologies such as GeoChip for microbial community analysis; (3) Ecological genomics: Linking community structure to ecosystem functioning through applications of high throughput integrated cutting-edge genomic technologies to address frontier research questions related to bioenergy, global changes, carbon sequestration, environmental remediation, industrial and agricultural practices, ecological theories, and public health; (4) Metagenomics and microbial ecology: Using high throughput genome sequencing and associated genomics technologies to examine microbial community diversity at various habitats, microbial biogeography and mechanisms shaping microbial diversity patterns, distribution and dynamics; (5) Evolutionary genomics: Linking genotypes to phenotypes through long-term laboratory experimental evolution, and comparative sequence analysis; (6) Bioinformatics and systems biology: Developing novel ecological network and mathematical modeling approaches to address questions related to systems biology and ecosystem sciences important to environments, energy as well as human health. My lab has performed multi-disciplinary studies using integrative experimental and computational approaches by taking the advantages of Zhou’s broad backgrounds in microbial genomics, molecular biology, molecular evolution, microbiology, ecology, mathematics, and bioinformatics.

Relevant publications:

Zhou, J.-Z., K. Xue, J.-P. Xie, Y. Deng, L.Y. Wu, X.L. Cheng, S.F. Fei, S.P. Deng, Z.-H. He, J.D. van Nostrand, and Y.Q. Luo. 2012. Microbial Mediation of Carbon Cycle Feedbacks to Climate Warming. Nature Climate Change, 2:106-110.

Zhou J, He Q, Hemme CL, Mukhopadhyay A, Hillesland K., Zhou A, He Z, Van Nostrand JD, Hazen TC, Stahl DA, Wall JD, and Arkin AP. 2011. How sulphate-reducing microorganisms cope with stress: lessons from systems biology. Nature Reviews in Microbiology 9: 452-466.

Zhou J, Deng Y, Luo F, He Z, and Yang Y. 2011. Phylogenetic molecular ecological network of soil microbial communities in response to elevated CO2. mBio 2: doi:10.1128/mBio.00122-11.

Hazen, T. C., E. Dubinsky, T. DeSantis, G. Andersen, Y. Piceno, N. Singh, J. Jansson, A. Probst, S. Borglin, J. Fortney, W. Stringfellow, M. Bill, M. Conrad, L. Tom, K. Chavarria, T. Alusi, R. Lamendella, D. Joyner, C. Spier, J. Baelum, M. Auer, M. Zemla, R. Chakraborty, E. Sonnenthal, P. D'haeseleer, H.-Y. Holman, S. Osman, Z.M. Lu, J. van Nostrand, Y. Deng, J.-Z. Zhou, and O. U. Mason. 2010. Deep-sea oil plume enriches Indigenous oil-degrading bacteria. Science, 330: 204-208.

Zhou J, Kang S, Schadt CW, and Garten CT. 2008. Spatial Scaling of Functional Gene Diversity across Various Microbial Taxa. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 105: 7768-7773.


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