Dr. Jizhong Zhou is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor and a Presidential Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology and Director for the Institute for Environmental Genomics, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK; Visiting Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and Adjunct Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. His expertise is in molecular biology, microbial genomics, microbial ecology, theoretical ecology and genomic technologies. His laboratory has pioneered the development and use of genomic technologies for environmental studies for which GeoChip won an R&D 100 Award in 2009. He received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2001. He received an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in 2014. He is a former Editor for Applied and Environmental Microbiology, a current Editor for mBio and a Senior Editor for The ISME Journal. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Zhou Appointed Senior Editor of The ISME Journal
Dr. Zhou was appointed Senior Editor for The ISME Journal. His appointment will begin Feb. 1, 2017 and will continue for three years. Dr. Zhou was previously a member of the Editorial Board.
"The ISME Journal seeks to promote diverse and integrated areas of microbial ecology spanning the breadth of microbial life, including bacteria, archaea, microbial eukaryotes, and viruses."
Dr. Zhou's areas of expertise for the journal are: Metagenomics, Microbiomes, Theoretical ecology, Microbial biogeography, Experimental evolution, Genomic technologies, Soil microbial ecology, Climate change microbial ecology, Subsurface microbial ecology, Microbial ecology in engineered systems, Network microbiology, and Systems microbiology.
Dr. Zhou recipient of an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award
Energy Secretary Moniz announced the names of the nine recipients of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, which recognizes exceptional US scientists and engineers preforming research supporting the Energy Department mission. IEG Director, Jizhong Zhou, was selected as one of nine recipients.
“These mid-career researchers have made significant advances in fundamental science and technology innovation,” Secretary Moniz said. “They will help sustain America’s research and development leadership. I congratulate the winners for their outstanding achievements, thank them for their work on behalf of the Department and the Nation, and look forward to their continued accomplishments.”
Jizhong (Joe) Zhou (University of Oklahoma) - Biological and Environmental Sciences Honored for his outstanding accomplishments in environmental genomics and microbial ecology, including the development of innovative metagenomics technologies for environmental sciences, for groundbreaking discoveries to understand the feedbacks, mechanisms, and fundamental principles of microbial systems in response to environmental change, and for transformative leadership to elucidate microbial ecological networks and to link microbial biodiversity with ecosystem functions.
News and Announcements
IEG research on permafrost thawing highlighted by DOE's Office of Science
June 13, 2017
The U.S. DOE's Office of Science highlighted IEG collaborative work on the impacts of permafrost thawing on microorganisms and resultant changes in carbon degradation rates and release of CO2.
Permafrost's deep layers ... [lock] away [degraded] organic matter...for thousands of years. ... [W]arming could cause permafrost to thaw much faster and more extensively than ever before. ... Organic matter in thawed permafrost can decompose rapidly. As bacteria, fungi, and other tiny organisms break down the matter, they release the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane. ... Greenhouse gases from the thawed permafrost would lead to more climate change, which then could lead to more permafrost thawing – a self-reinforcing cycle.
"This is the most important tipping point," said Jizhong Zhou, a researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and professor at the University of Oklahoma.
GeoChip article one of the 5 most cited articles in THE ISME Journal
May 25, 2017
He, Z., T. J. Gentry, C. W. Schadt, L. Wu, J. Liebich, S. C. Chong, W.M. Wu, B. Gu, P. Jardine, C. Criddle, and J.-Z. Zhou. 2007. GeoChip: A comprehensive microarray for investigating biogeochemical, ecological, and environmental processes. The ISME Journal, 1: 67-77
Zhou, JZ, Y Deng, L Shen, C Wen , Q Yan, D Ning, Y Qin, K Xue, L Wu, Z He, JW Voordeckers, JD Van Nostrand, V Buzzard, ST Michaletz, BJ Enquist, MD Weiser, M Kaspari, R Waide, Y Yang, JH Brown. Temperature mediates continental-scale diversity of microbes in forest soils. Nat Comm. In press.
Huang C, Q Liu, C Chen, F Chen, YK Zhao, LF Gao, WZ Liu, JZ Zhou, ZL Li, AJ Wang. Elemental sulfur recovery and spatial distribution of functional bacteria and expressed genes under different carbon/nitrate/sulfide loadings in up-flow anaerobic sludge blanket reactors. J Haz Mat. In press.
Trivedi P, M Delgado-Baquerizo, C Trivedi, H Hu, IC Anderson, TC Jeffries, J Zhou, and BK Singh. Microbial regulation of the soil carbon cycle: evidence from gene–enzyme relationships. ISME J. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2016.65
Yan Q, J Li, J Wang, Z He, JD Van Nostrand, ML Kempher, L Wu, Y Wang, L Liao, X Li, S Wu, J Ni, C Wang, J Zhou. Environmental filtering decreases with fish development for the assembly of gut microbiota. Environ Microbiol. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13365.