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. 

Faculty and Staff
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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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...

Yongkun Ji 纪永坤

Ph.D., PostDoc


Yongkun Ji received his PhD in Nanjing Normal University. Ji is now a postdoc in the Zhou lab. His primary research is focused on population genomics of the Chinese honeybees.

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Shanlin Liu 刘山林

Ph.D., PostDoc


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.

Shuyi Zhang 张纾意
Research Associate


Shuyi Zhang graduated from the College of Life Sciences, Capital Normal University. Shuyi conducted her graduate thesis in Zhou’s Lab, trying to understand the correlation of pollination function and pollen consumption in honeybees.

Chenyi Li 李晨伊

Ph. D. student


Qinzhi Su 苏秦之

Ph. D. student


Chenyi Li received her Master degree in Food Engineering at Northwest A&F University, China. Li is a PhD student working on gut symbiosis of Apis spp.

Qinzhi Su received her Master degree in Biological Engineering at Tianjin University of Science and Technology in 2016. Su is now a PhD student in Zhou lab focusing on gut microbiota of Apis cerana.

Chengfeng Yang 杨成凤

Ph. D. student


Lizhen Guo 郭丽珍

Ph. D. student


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

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.

Min Tang 唐敏

Ph. D. student, Research Associate


Junbo Tang 唐浚博

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.

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.

Benfeng Han 韩本凤

Ph. D. student


Yating Du 杜雅婷

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.

After completing her Master degree at Zhou's lab in 2019, Yating continued to pursue a Ph.D. with Zhou, with a primary interest on molecular interactions between honeybee host and their gut microbe. 

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.

Jiahui Hu 胡加辉

Master student


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Jiaming Liu 刘佳铭

Master student


Jiahui Hu recently graduated from the College of Plant Protection , China Agricultural University. Hu is interested in insect taxonomy and evolutionary biology, currently working on pollination network of Asian honeybees.

Jiaming Liu graduated from Northeast Agricultural University, with a major in Plant Protection. He joined the Zhou lab with an interest in the honeybeegut microbiota.

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Bingxin Zhang 张冰心

Master student


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Zhunan Zhao 赵竹楠

Master student


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.

Zhunan Zhao graduated from the College of Biological Sciences,China Agricultural University. Zhao is now a master student working in the Zhou lab with an interest in pollination ecology.

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Yuanxin Wang 王源锌

Undergraduate student


Yuanxin Wang loves bees and flowers. She is leading a national innovation project under the supervision of Prof. Zhou.

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
Lizhen Guo 郭丽珍

Ms. student, 2016-2017

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

Yating Du 杜雅婷

Ms. student, 2017-2019

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

Dandan Lang 郎丹丹

Ms. student, 2016-2019

Now: Grandomics, Beijing

Wenjun Zhang 张文隽

Ms. student, 2017-2019

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

Si Li 李斯

Undergraduate student

Under graduate thesis, 2019

Shuyi Zhang 张纾意

Undergraduate student

Under graduate thesis, 2019

Now: Research Assoc. 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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The Zhou lab, China Agricultural University