Zeng Zhirui



Ph.D.     Geology                Texas A&M University           2014

M.S.      Microbiology        Sun Yat-sen University           2009

B.S.       Biotechnology      Minzu University of China      2006


Professional Experience

Associate professor,Southern University of Science and Technology, Department of Ocean Science and Engineering. 2020 – Present

Assistant Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, Department of Ocean Science and Engineering. 2019 – 2020

Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University, Department of Earth System Science, 2015 – 2019


Honors and Awards

NASA Astrobiology Program Early Career Collaboration Award, 2016

Berg-Hughes Fellowship, 2013-2014

TAMU Geology & Geophysics Department Fellowship, 2012-2013

TAMU Regents’ Graduate Fellowship, 2009-2011

Distinguished Graduate Student Award, Sun Yat-sen University, 2008


Professional Services

Peer reviewer

Geology,  Environmental MicrobiologyChemical Geology,  Astrobiology



Journal Papers

  • Zeng Z, Liu X, Farley K, Wei J, Metcalf W, Summons R, Welander P. GDGT cyclization proteins identify the dominant archaeal sources of tetraether lipids in the ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 2019, (under review)
  • Zeng Z, Liu X, Wei J, Summons R, Welander P. Calditol-linked membrane lipids are required for acid tolerance in Sulfolobus Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 2018, 115, p12932-12937.
  • Zeng Z, Pike M, Tice M, Kelly C, Marcantonio F, Xu G, Maulana I. Iron fertilization of primary productivity by volcanic ash in the late Cretaceous (Cenomanian) Western Interior Seaway. Geology, 2018, 10, p859-862.
  • Zeng Z, Tice M. Electron transfer strategies regulate carbonate mineral and micropore formation. Astrobiology, 2018, 18, p28-36.
  • Zeng Z, Tice M. Promotion and nucleation of carbonate precipitation during microbial iron reduction. Geobiology2014, 12, p362-371.
  • Zeng Z, Qian L, Cao L, Tan H, Huang Y, Xue X, Shen Y, Zhou S. Virtual screening for novel quorum sensing inhibitors to eradicate biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosaApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology2008, 79, p119-126.


Marine microbiology,Archaea molecular biology