Assistant Professor Department of Ocean Science and Engineering

Dr. Fan is the principle investigator of the Lab of Microbial Informatics (LOMI) in the Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology. His research interests include microbial ecology and evolution, microbial symbiosis, microbiome and virus interaction, computational biology, etc. As the first or corresponding author, he published papers in world-class journals including Nature Ecology & Evolution, PNAS, ISME J, and EST. He was awarded the Young Scientist Prize of the European Society of Microbiology (FEMS), and the ‘Year Best Research’ Prize in marine environmental science in New South Wales, Australia.

NOTICE: International applicants of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers skilled in bioinformatics, microbiology, ecological and evolutionary modelling are very welcomed by the lab! You will be provided with globally competitive scholarships/salary and work in a beautiful modern campus with world-leading infrastructures. Please contact Dr Fan ( with your detailed CV enclosed.

Personal Profile

Educational Qualifications

2008 – 2012, University of New South Wales, Microbiology and Immunology, PhD

2006 – 2008, Zhejiang University, Biophysics, MSci

2002 – 2006, Zhejiang University, Applied Bioscience, BSci


Working experiences

2021 – Present, Assistant Professor, Southern University of Science & Technology

2017 – 2021, Research Assistant Professor, Southern University of Science & Technology

2015 – 2017, Senior Product Manager, iCarbonX Shenzhen

2014 – 2015, Senior Research Fellow, BGI-Research Shenzhen

2012 – 2014, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Queensland



1、The Tony Roach Prize in Marine Environmental Science (State Best Research of the Year). Sydney Institute of Marine Science, Sydney, Australia.   Jul 2014

2、FEMS Congress Grants for Young Scientists.The 4th Congress of European Microbiologists, Geneva, Switzerland.     Jun 2011


Academic Appointment

1、Review editor, Frontiers in Microbiology

2、2017 –2018, Adjunct Fellow, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China 

3、2015 – 2016, Adjunct Fellow, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia       

4、2012 – 2015, Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 

5、2010 – 2011, Research Visitor, Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, Townsville, Australia


Microbial Ecology and Evolution.

Current projects include

(1) Interactions in microbial-viral community, coevolutionary models, ecological functions;

(2) Genetic information flows in microbial symbiotic communities, roles in shaping host genomic evolution;

(3) Tracing human viruses in environments, models to predict community infection dynamics;

(4) The origins of microbial gene families and the corresponding geological records.


Viral Ecology and Evolution

Life in Extreme Environments

The Taste of Ocean

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Featured Publications.

  1. Fan L*, Wu D, Vadim G, …, Martin WF*, Zhu RX*.(2020). Phylogenetic analyses with systematic taxon sampling show that mitochondria branch within Alphaproteobacteria. Nature Ecology & Evolution4, 1213-1219.
  2. Fan L, Reynolds D, Liu M, Stark M, Webster NS, Kjelleberg S, Thomas T*. (2012). Functional equivalence and evolutionary convergence in complex communities of microbial sponge symbionts. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A109:E1878-E1887.
  3. Fan L, Liu M, Simister R, Webster NS, Thomas T*. (2013). Marine microbial symbiosis heats up: the phylogenetic and functional response of a sponge holobiont to thermal stress. ISME J7:991-1002.
  4. Gao SH, Fan L*, PengL, Guo J, …, Bond P*.(2016). Determining multiple responses of Pseudomonas aeruginosaPAO1 to an antimicrobial agent, free nitrous acid. Environ Sci Technol50:5305-5312.
  5. Liu M, Fan L (joint-1st author), Zhong L, Kjelleberg S, Thomas T*. (2012). Metaproteogenomic analysis of a community of sponge symbionts. ISME J6:1515-1525.

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