Our team

Zhou started the current team at China Agricultural University in 2016. Young scientists and students joined with varied academic backgrounds, learning new knowledge while contributing to the common goal. 

Xin Zhou 周欣

Ph.D., Professor


Xin Zhou received his PhD in Entomology at Rutgers University, USA and worked as a postdoc researcher at Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph, Canada. Before joining China Agricultural University, Zhou worked at the BGI for 6 years, as the Executive Director of the China National GeneBank. Zhou is now a Professor at the Department of Entomology, China Agricultural University and a senior PI at Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Food Nutrition and Human Health, National Engineer and Technology Research Center for Fruit and Vegetable Processing. Read more...

Shiqi Luo 罗诗琦

Ph.D., Associate Professor


Shiqi Luo received her PhD in Zoology at Peking University in 2013 and worked as a postdoc researcher at Peking University for three years. Her research interests include population and evolutionary genomics of insects. Using high-throughput sequencing, comparative genomics and molecular biology methods, she hopes to understand the roles of genomic evolution, symbiont genomic evolution and gene regulation by small RNAs, in insect adaptation to diverse environments. Luo is now an Associate Professor at the Department of Entomology. Read more...

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Shanlin Liu 刘山林

Ph.D., Associate Professor


Shanlin Liu finished his Ph.D. at Copenhagen University working on conservation genomics - his Ph.D. thesis studied the genomics of saola. Before his time in Denmark, Shanlin has spent five years in BGI-research and has led or participated in the development of several assembly software, including SOAPBarcode, SOAPDenovo_Trans, and MitoZ. Also, Shanlin has played an important role in the 1KITE (1,000 Insect Transcriptome Evolution) project which aims to study the transcriptomes of more than 1,000 insect species encompassing all recognized insect orders so as to infer robust phylogenetic backbone trees of insects. Read more...

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Xue Zhang 张雪

Ph.D., Assistant Professor


Xue Zhang is broadly interested in the symbiosis between microbiome and insects. Particularly she uses DNA technology and omics strategies to explore the origin of symbionts, the homeostasis of symbiotic community and the microbiome interaction with insects, through which, more significantly, she manipulates the symbiotic microbiome to change the function of the hosts. Read more...

Chengfeng Yang 杨成凤

Ph.D., PostDoc


Chengfeng Yang received her Master degree in the College of Food Science, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, and PhD at the Zhou lab, CAU. Yang is now carrying out research on the coexistence relationship among intestinal bacteria at the strain level.

Min Tang 唐敏

Ph. D. student, Research Associate


Lizhen Guo 郭丽珍

Ph. D. student


Min Tang graduated from Central South University, China, with a master degree in bioengineering. Tang worked at BGI for 5 years as a bioinformatics analyst, and mainly studied on genomics and biodiversity. Her previous research includes developments of new technologies in effective assembling of mitochondrial genomes and mito-genome skimming. Tang is now a research associate in Zhou's group and recently enrolled as a Ph.D. student.

Lizhen Guo graduated from Northeast Agricultural University , with a major in Food  Quality and Safety. Guo recently completed her Master degree at the College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering, China Agricultural University. She is developing a new pipeline to effectively screen  antimicrobial peptides from insect transcriptomes.

Benfeng Han 韩本凤

Ph. D. student


Junbo Tang 唐浚博

Ph. D. student


Benfeng Han received her Master degree in plant protection at Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. Han will become a PhD student in Zhou lab and work on gut microbiota of honeybees. She is interested in photography, finding beautiful scenery.

I got my Bachelor degree in China Pharmaceutical University and Master degree in Nanjing Medical University, with a major in genetics. I am interested in understanding genetic mechanisms using genetics tools including gene editing technologies. I am very glad to join the Zhou lab to study honeybees. By the way, I wish I could be a cat in my next life.

Lifei Qiu 邱立飞

Ph. D. student


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Jiangxing Dong 董江星

Ph. D. student


Lifei Qiu received his Master degree in Shaanxi Normal University. Lifei has extensive experience in field work, especially at collecting. He is working on evolutionary genomics of Apis.

Jiangxing Dong  graduated from Henan Normal University and received  a Master degree in the South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.  Then he worked at Novogene for 1 year as a bioinformatics analyst, where he mainly studied fish  genomics. Dong is now a PhD student in the Zhou lab.

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Bo Li 李博

Ph. D. student


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Zhenfang Li 李振芳

Ph. D. student


Bo Li received his Master degree in the College of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong  Agricultural University. Li is now a PhD student in the Zhou lab. He is interested in the evolution of bees.

Zhenfang Li received her master degree in the College of Animal Science and Technology, Shandong Agricultural University. She admires how hard the honeybees work for a better life and wishes to become one of them.

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Ye Xiao 肖烨

Ph. D. student


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Shuai Wang 王帅

Ph. D. student


Ye Xiao received her Master degree in the College of Agriculture, South China Agruicultural University. She believes in the circle of life and evolution that drives it. She is very interested in the evolution of bees and hopes to explain these phenomena with -omics.

Shuai Wang receied her Master degree in South China Normal University. Wang is now a PhD student in Zhou lab. She is working on the mechanism of honeybee body pigmentation.

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Jiaming Liu 刘佳铭

Ph. D. student


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Bingxin Zhang 张冰心

Ph. D. student


I graduated from the Northeast Agricultural University, China, with a major in Plant Protection. I joined the Zhou lab with an interest in the honeybee gut microbiota. I hope to explore the mechanism, by which the gut community influences the immune system of honeybees. By the way, I enjoy all kinds of delicious food.

Bingxin Zhang graduated from Jiangxi Agricultural University, with a bachelor's degree in Plant Protection. Zhang will become a postgraduate in the Zhou lab working on gut microbiota of the honey bees.

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Yifan Gu 顾一凡

Ph. D. student


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Zhunan Zhao 赵竹楠

Ph. D. student


Yifan Gu received his Master degree in Marine Biology at Dalian Ocean University in 2021. Yifan is now a PhD student in Zhou lab working on evolutionary genomics of Apis.

Zhunan Zhao graduated from the College of Biological Sciences,China Agricultural University and received Ms at Zhou lab. Zhao is now a Ph.D. student working in the Zhou lab with an interest in pollination ecology.

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Xinyue Zhang 张馨月
Master student


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Fei Mo 莫非
Master student


Xinyue Zhang just graduated from the Plant Protection College of China Agricultural University. Zhang is a postgraduate in the Zhou lab with an interest in gut microbiota of the honeybees.

Fei Mo graduated from Hainan University with a major in plant protection. He is interested in species evolution and pollination biology. He wants to explore the relationship between humans and ecosystems and he also hopes to learn photography from Dr. Zhou, so he is now a worker bee in Zhou's hive.

Shuyi Zhang 张纾意
Master student


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Danlei Liang 梁丹蕾
Master student


Shuyi Zhang graduated from Capital Normal University, with a major of biotechnology. After graduation, Zhang joined the Zhou Lab as a research associate. And now, Zhang is a master student focusing on pollination ecology.

I graduated from Yunnan Agricultural University,with a major in plant protection.Now is a postgraduate student working in the Zhou lab and hoping to explore the honeybee gut microbiota. My wish is to do the experiment without losing my hair.

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Min Huang 黄敏
Master student


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Mengjiao Su 苏梦娇
Master student


Min Huang graduated from Henan Agricultural University with a bachelor's degree. She loves learning, reading and idling. And she loves everything in nature.

Mengjiao Su graduated from Henan University of Science and Technology with a major in plant protection. Su loves learning and life. She enjoys sports and travel, with a passion to learn photography so that she could record all the good things in her life.

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Jiajia Yang 杨佳佳

Undergraduate student


‌JiaJia Yang is an undergraduate student of the College of Plant Protection, who is eager to learn about bees for developing better honey products.

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Haiyue Sun 孙海月

Undergraduate student


Haiyue Sun is an undergraduate student of College of Plant Protection. She is working on bee hair colors, as part of her graduate thesis.

Yongkun Ji 纪永坤

PostDoc, 2017-2020

Now: Gomics Gene Technology, Nanjing

Yuxue Li 李玉雪

Technician, 2017

Xinmi Song 宋欣密

Research Associate, 2018-2019

Now: Ph.D. student at Huazhong Agricultural University

Lifei Qiu 邱立飞

Research Associate, 2018-2019

Now: Ph.D. student at Zhou lab, CAU

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Wenli Wu 吴文立
Research Associate, 2019-2020
Qinzhi Su 苏秦之

Ph. D. student, 2016-2022

Now: PostDoc at Peking University

Chenyi Li 李晨伊

Ph. D. student, 2016-2022

Chengfeng Yang 杨成凤

Ph. D. student, 2017-2022

Now: PostDoc at Zhou lab, CAU

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Yating Du 杜雅婷

Ms. & PhD student, 2017-2022

Now: Novogene, Tianjin

Lizhen Guo 郭丽珍

Ms. student, 2016-2017

Now: Ph.D. student at Zhou lab, CAU

Dandan Lang 郎丹丹

Ms. student, 2016-2019

Now: Beijing Glibizzia Bioscience Co.

Wenjun Zhang 张文隽

Ms. student, 2017-2019

Now: CDC, Beijing

Jiahui Hu 胡加辉

Master student, 2018-2021

Now: BGI, Shenzhen

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Zhunan Zhao 赵竹楠

Master student, 2019-2022

Now: Ph.D. student at Zhou lab, CAU

Jiqiu Wu 吴季秋

Undergraduate student

URP and under graduate thesis, 2017-2018

​Now: Ms. student at Imperial College

Xinyue Wang 王昕玥

Undergraduate student

URP, 2018

Jieni Wang 王杰妮

Undergraduate student

Under graduate thesis, 2018

Now: Ms. student at Zheng lab, CAU

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Si Li 李斯

Undergraduate student

Under graduate thesis, 2019

Shuyi Zhang 张纾意

Undergraduate student

Under grad. thesis and research assistant, 2019

Now: Ms. student at Zhou lab, CAU

Yuankang Guo 郭园康

Undergraduate student

URP, 2019

Ran Li 李然

Undergraduate student

URP, 2019

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Boxuan Wang 王博玄

Undergraduate student

URP, 2020

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Ran Liu 刘冉

Undergraduate student

URP, 2020

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Ao Zhang 张澳

Undergraduate student

URP, 2021

Now: Ms. student at Sun Yat-sen Univ.

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Yuanxin Wang 王源锌

Undergraduate student

URP and under grad. thesis, 2021

Now: Ms. student at Shanghai Jiaotong University

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Keke Yuan 苑轲轲

Undergraduate student

URP and under grad. thesis, 2021

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Jiezhen Wan 万洁桢

Undergraduate student

URP and under grad. thesis, 2021

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Yuan Wei 魏源

Undergraduate student

URP, 2022

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Lidi Fu 付莉迪

Undergraduate student

URP, 2022

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Haiyue Sun 孙海月

Undergraduate student

URP and under grad. thesis, 2022