Fangqiong Ling, PhD

Assistant Professor
Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Computational and Systems Biology Program
Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology Program
Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis Program
Plant and Microbial Biosciences Program


  • A computational and experimental lab studying bacterial colonization and transmission at the boundary of built and natural environments and exploring microbiomes as environmental sensors and public health sentinels

Research Abstract:

Research employs genomics, machine learning and theory. The lab’s ultimate goal is to discover the principles underlying the diversity, functioning and resilience of microbial ecosystems and develop tools to enable ecologically aware designs. Current research topics and interests include:

Assembly, structure and dynamics of bacterial communities in tap water and water supply networks
Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in biofuel production processes
Development of population matrices based on personal microbiome data
Development of tools to tackle hospital-acquired infections

Selected Publications:

Wu, L., Ning, D., Zhang, B., Li, Y., Zhang, P., Shan, X., Zhang, Q., Brown, M., Li, Z., Van Nostrand, J.D., Ling, F., ... & Zhou, J. (2019). Global diversity and biogeography of bacterial communities in wastewater treatment plants. Nature Microbiology.

Hull, N.M., Ling, F., Pinto, A.J., Albertsen, M., Jang, H.G., Hong, P.Y., Konstantinidis, K.T., LeChevallier, M., Colwell, R.R. , & Liu, W.T. (2019). Drinking Water Microbiome Project: Is it Time?. Trends in microbiology.

Ling, F., Whitaker, R., LeChevallier, M. W., & Liu, W. T. (2018). Drinking water microbiome assembly induced by water stagnation. The ISME journal, 12(6), 1520.
Featured in a collection of papers from The ISME Journal and Nature Microbiology for ISME17 meeting in Leipzig, Germany. Selected as Editor's Choice: Best of ISMEJ 2018.

Ling, F. (2017). Microbial communities as biosensors for monitoring urban environments. Microbial biotechnology, 10(5), 1149-1151. (Invited editorial)

Li, C., Ling, F., Zhang, M., Liu, W. T., Li, Y., & Liu, W. (2017). Characterization of bacterial community dynamics in a full-scale drinking water treatment plant. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 51, 21-30.

Last Updated: 8/14/2019 1:54:06 PM

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