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Jizhong Zhou, PhD

Jizhong Zhou

George Lynn Cross Research Professor, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, Director of Institute for Environmental Genomics

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Dr. Jizhong Zhou is a George Lynn Cross Research Professor and Presidential Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Sciences, and Director for the Institute for Environmental Genomics, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK. He is also an Adjunct Senior Scientist at Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, and a National Chair Professor at School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He has authored more than 570 publications, with total citations of > 33,000 and H-index of 97, on microbial genomics, genomic technologies, molecular biology, molecular evolution, microbial ecology, bioremediation, bioenergy, global change, bioinformatics, systems biology, and theoretical ecology. He received Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2001, R&D 100 Award in 2009 as one of 100 most innovative scientific and technological breakthroughs, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in 2014 – the highest scientific recognition in the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a senior Editor for ISME J, mBio, Section Editor for BMC Microbiology, and a former Editor for Applied and Environmental Microbiology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, Ecological Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  

Dr. Zhou recipient of an Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award

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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.