Chuanlun Zhang was born in Juye City, Shangdong Province, China, in 1962. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the Texas A&M University, Tex, USA, in 1989 and 1994, respectively. From 1994 to 1998, he worked as a postdoc with Drs. Tony Palumbo and Tommy Phelps at the Environmental Sciences Division at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. From 1998 to 2002, he was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri. In 2002, he relocated to the University of Georgia serving as an Associate Research Scientist at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory until 2007 and as an Associate Professor at the Department of Marine Sciences until today. His research focuses on microbial and geochemical processes in natural environments by integrating molecular DNA, lipid biomarkers, and stable isotope approaches. Current research projects include carbon and energy metabolisms among archaea from deep-sea gas hydrates, terrestrial hot springs, mid-ocean ridges, Tibetan lakes, rivers and estuaries, and the deep subsurface. In 2006, he was the corecipient (with Tommy Phelps and others) for the US Department of Energy R&D 100 Award for the development of nanofermentation: a bioprocess for manufacturing inorganic nanomaterials. He has published over 62 peer-review articles and is a member of the Editorial Board for the Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal since 2007. Zhang likes to do field work in China and has visited hot springs in Yunnan, Tibet and Xian, and the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, Hubei Province.
Biography Updated on 3 August 2009