Prof. Zeng received his Ph.D. from SUNY at Albany in 2008 and had his postdoc training at MIT from 2008 to 2012. In 2012, he joined HKUST as an assistant professor.
We are interested in the role of bacteria and their viruses (bacteriophages) in marine ecological processes and the molecular mechanism of their adaptation to the environment. We are using phages that infect the unicellular cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus as a model system. This cyanobacterium is the smallest but the most abundant photosynthetic organism on Earth and it is the dominant primary producer in the oceans. Our ultimate goal is to understand marine ecosystem functioning from the molecular level.
Zhan, Y., Liu, Y., Zeng, Q. 2018. Photobleaching enables super-resolution imaging of the FtsZ ring in the cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus. Journal of Visualized Experiments. Accepted.
Fang, X., Jiang, Y., Li, K., and Zeng, Q. 2018. F-CphI represents a new homing endonuclease family using the Endo VII catalytic motif. Mobile DNA 9: 27.
Liu*, R., Liu*, Y., Liu, S., Wang, Y., Li, K., Li, N., Xu, D., and Zeng, Q. 2017. Three-dimensional superresolution imaging of the FtsZ ring during cell division of the cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus. mBio 8: e00657-17. (*authors contributed equally) (recommended by F1000 https://f1000.com/prime/732146604#)
Ni, T., Zeng, Q. 2016. Diel infection of cyanobacteria by cyanophages. Frontiers in Marine Science 2: 123.
Lin, X., Ding, H., Zeng,Q. 2016. Transcriptomic response during phage infection of a marine cyanobacterium under phosphorus-limited conditions. Environmental Microbiology 18(2): 450-460.