Jizhong Zhou has expertise in molecular biology, microbial genomics, microbial ecology, molecular evolution, theoretical ecology, metagenomics, and genomic technologies, as well as array-based bioinformatics for environmental studies. He has pioneered the development of array-based genomic technologies for environmental studies. His lab does much of the field sample processing for sequencing and as such is involved in multiple collaborations across the three aims where their packages/pipelines, mechanisms, and predictions of the microbiome and biogeochemical dynamics are used.
He provides high-quality microbiome data to support the field and laboratory research, including amplicon sequencing of phylogenetic marker genes (e.g. 16S, 18S) and key functional genes (e.g. amoA), functional gene microarray test. He develops and applies statistical tools (particularly for network analysis, time series analysis, community assembly mechanisms), ecological models, and omics-enabled biogeochemical models to approach a mechanistic and predictive understanding of the subsurface microbiome dynamics and their functioning in biogeochemical processes.