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Distinguished Visiting Professor

Tong Zhang

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Prof. Zhang is a Professor in Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory in Department of Civil Engineering, and an Honorary Professor in School of Public Health, at The University of Hong Kong. He got his Bachelor and Master degrees in Environmental Science and Engineering from Nanjing University, and his Ph.D. degree from The University of Hong Kong. His researches include environmental bioinformatics, omics technologies, anaerobic digestion and bioenergy from wastes/wastewater, biological wastewater treatment (N removal and P recovery), biodegradation of emerging pollutants (antibiotics, PPCP and EDCs), antibiotic and antibiotic resistance genes, etc.  He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers on the above topics, and has more than 13, 000 citations (Google Scholar) and a H index of 64 (Google Scholar. He is associate editors of Microbiome, and Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, and editorial board members of a few international peer-reviewed journals, and had served as an advisor for BGI (Beijing Genomics Institute) on Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology from 2011 to 2014. He was Yi Xing Chair Professor of Nanjing University from 2013 to 2016, and currently a distinguished visiting professor of Southern University of Science and Technology. He won First-Class Award in Natural Science of China Ministry of Education in 2015 and Second-Class Award State Natural Science Award of China State Council in 2016.

1. Wang YL, Ma LP, Mao YP, Jiang XT, Xia Y, Yu K, Li B, Zhang T*. 2017. Comammox in drinking water systems. Water Research. 116, 332-341.
2. Ju F, Lau F, Zhang T*.  2017. Linking microbial community, environmental variables and methanogenesis in anaerobic biogas digesters of chemically enhanced primary treatment sludge. Environmental Science and Technology. 51(7), 3982-3992
3. Li LG, Xia Y, Zhang T*. 2017.  Co-occurrence of antibiotic and metal resistance genes revealed in complete genome collection. The ISME Journal.  11, 651-662.
4. Deng Y, Mao YP, Li B, Yang C, Zhang T*. 2016. Aerobic degradation of sulfadiazine by Arthrobacter spp.: kinetics, pathways, and genomic characterization. Environmental Science and Technology. 50 (17), 9566-9575.
5. Xia Y, Wang YB, Wang Y, Chin F, Zhang T*. Cellular adhesiveness and cellulolytic capacity in Anaerolineae revealed by Omics-based genome interpretation. Biotechnology for Biofuel. 9, 111
6. Yang Y, Jiang XT, Chai BL, Ma LP, Li B, Cole J, Tiedje JM*, Zhang T*. 2016. ARGs-OAP: online analysis pipeline for antibiotic resistance genes detection from metagenomic data using an integrated structured ARG-database. Bioinformatics. 32(15), 2346-51.
7. Ma LP, Xia Y, LI B, Yang Y, Li LG, Tiedje JM*, Zhang T*. 2016. Metagenomic assembly reveals hosts of antibiotic resistance genes and the shared resistome in pig, chicken and human feces. Environmental Science and Technology. 50, 420-427.
8. Ju F, Zhang T*. 2015. Bacterial assembly and temporal dynamics in activated sludge of a full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plant. The ISME Journal. 9(3), 683-95.
9. Li B, Ju F, Cai L, Zhang T*. 2015. Profile and fate of bacterial pathogens in sewage treatment plants revealed by high-throughput metagenomic approach. Environmental Science and Technology. 49(17), 10492-10502.
10. Ju F, Zhang T*. 2015. Experimental design and bioinformatics analysis for the application of metagenomics in environmental sciences and biotechnology. Environmental Science and Technology. 49(21), 12628-40.
11. Li B, Yang Y, Ma LP, Ju F, Guo F, Tiedje JM, Zhang T*. 2015. Metagenomic and network analysis reveal wide distribution and co-occurrence of environmental antibiotic resistance genes. The ISME Journal. 9(11), 2490-502.
12. Peng XX, Guo F, Ju F, Zhang T*. 2014. Shifts in the microbial community, nitrifiers and denitrifiers in the biofilm in a full-scale rotating biological contactor. Environmental Science and Technology. 48(14), 8044-52.
13. Mao Y, Yu K, Xia Y, Chao Y, Zhang T*. 2014. Genome reconstruction and gene expression of 'Candidatus Accumulibacter phosphatis' Clade IB performing biological phosphorus removal. Environmental Science and Technology. 48(17), 10363-71.
14. Yang Y, Li B, Zou SC, Fang HHP, Zhang T*. 2014. Fate of antibiotic resistance genes in sewage treatment plant revealed by metagenomic approach. Water Research. 62, 97-106. 
15. Ju F, Xia Y, Guo F, Wang ZP, Zhang T*. 2014. Taxonomic relatedness shapes bacterial assembly in activated sludge of globally distributed wastewater treatment plants. Environmental Microbiology. 16, 2421-2432.
16. Yang Y, Li B, Ju F, Zhang T*. 2013. Exploring variation of antibiotic resistance genes in activated sludge over a four-year period through a metagenomic approach. Environmental Science and Technology. 47(18), 10197-10205.
17. Cai L, Zhang T*. 2013. Detecting human bacterial pathogens in wastewater treatment plants by a high-throughput shotgun sequencing technique. Environmental Science and Technology. 47 (10), 5433-5441.
18. Ye L, Zhang T*, Wang TT, Fang ZW. 2012. Microbial structures, functions and metabolic pathways in wastewater treatment bioreactors revealed using high-throughput sequencing. Environmental Science and Technology. 46(24), 13244-13252.
19. Yu K, Li B, Zhang T. 2012. Direct rapid analysis of multiple PPCPs in municipal wastewater using ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry without SPE pre-concentration. Analytica Chimica Acta. 738, 59-68.
20. Li B, Zhang T*. 2012. pH significantly affects removal of trace antibiotics in chlorination of municipal wastewater. Water Research. 46, 3703-3713.
21. Zhang T*, Shao MF, Ye L. 2012. 454 Pyrosequencing reveals bacterial diversity of activated sludge from 14 sewage treatment plants. The ISME Journal. 6(6), 1137-47.
22. Guo F, Zhang T*. 2012. Profiling bulking and foaming bacteria in activated sludge by high throughput sequencing. Water Research. 46(8), 2772-82.
23. Zhang T*, Li B. 2011. Occurrence, transformation and fate of antibiotics in municipal wastewater treatment plants. Critical Review on Environmental Science and Technology. 41, 951-998.
24. Zhang XX, Zhang T*. 2011. Occurrence, abundance and diversity of tetracycline resistance genes in 15 sewage treatment plants across China and other global locations. Environmental Science and Technology. 45(7), 2598-604.
25. Ye L, Zhang T*. 2011. Pathogenic bacteria in sewage treatment plants as revealed by 454 pyrosequencing. Environmental Science and Technology. 45(17), 7173-7179.
26. Ye L, Zhang T*. 2011. Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria dominates over ammonia-oxidizing archaea in a saline nitrification reactor under low DO and high nitrogen loading. Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 108(11), 2544-2552.
27. Ye L, Shao MF, Zhang T*, Tong AHY, Lok S. 2011. Analysis of the bacterial community in a laboratory-scale nitrification reactor and a wastewater treatment plant by high-throughput pyrosequencing. Water Research. 45(15), 4390-8.
28. Li B Zhang T*. 2010. Biodegradation and adsorption of antibiotics in the activated sludge process. Environmental Science and Technology. 44 (9), 3468-3473.
29. Li B, Zhang T*, Xu ZY, Fang HHP. 2009. Rapid analysis of 21 antibiotics of multiple classes in municipal wastewater using ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Analytica Chimica Acta. 645, 64-72.
30. Zhang T*, Zhang M, Zhang XX, Fang HHP. 2009. Tetracycline resistance genes and tetracycline resistant lactose-fermenting Enterobacteriaceae in activated sludge of sewage treatment plants. Environmental Science and Technology. 43, 3455-60.