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Jizhong Zhou

Director, Institute for Environmental Genomics
Professor, Dept. Microbiology and Plant Biology

phone: 405.325.6073
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1993, Ph.D. Molecular Biology, Washington State University
1984, M.S. Mathematical Ecology, HunanaAgricultural University, China
1981, B.S. Plant Pathology and Entomology
2019, ASM Award for Environmental Research
2018, Highly Cited Researcher, Clarivate
2018, Fellow of the Ecological Society of America
2017, National Chair Professor, Tsinghua University
2015, The Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award
2014, George Lynn Cross Research Professor
2013, Research Award for Exceptional Achievements in Research and Creative Activity, OU VPR
2012, Award for Outstanding Research Impact, OU VPR
2008, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2005, Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
2001, Presidential Early Career Award

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.

Dr. Zhou among the most highly cited authors worldwide

Based on the citation data from 1996 to 2018 without self-citations, Dr. Zhou was ranked above 99.8% percentile across all science and engineering fields. He was listed at 75 among the top 1,246 most cited environmental scientists, and 205 among the top 4,305 most cited microbiologists.  

Ioannidis JPA, Baas J, Klavans R, Boyack KW. 2019. A standardized citation metrics author database annotated for scientific field. PLoS Biol 17:e3000384 (link to publisher's page)

George Lynn Cross Professor

Dr. Zhou receiving the George Lynn Cross Professorship from OU President David Boren.

Recipient of an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award

Dr. Zhou receiving the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award for exceptional research supporting the US Department of Energy mission, 2015

Recipient of an R&D 100

Left to Right, Drs. Liyou Wu, Jizhong Zhou, Joy Van Nostrand, and Zhili He receiving the R&D100 Award in Orlando, FL