Dr. Zhou is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor and Presidential Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology and School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Institute for Environmental Genomics.
He is also an Adjunct Senior Scientist in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
He is a senior Editor for ISME J, mBio, and a former Editor for Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Dr. Zhou has made ground-breaking discoveries in understanding the feedbacks, mechanisms and principles of microbial systems in response to climate changes; pathbreaking advancements in theoretical ecology of microbial systems; transformative leadership in developing innovative genomic technologies for establishing linkages of microbial biodiversity to ecosystem functions; and pioneering advances for developing novel tools and mathematical frameworks for network ecology and ecosystem modeling.
He has authored numerous publications, with total citations of > 40,000 and H-index of 106 on microbial genomics, genomic technologies, molecular biology, molecular evolution, microbial ecology, bioremediation, bioenergy, global change, bioinformatics, systems biology, and theoretical ecology.