Mr. Yingdong LI
Full Curricular Vitae
My main research strategy is based on the combination of wet lab experiments (including cell culture in the lab, in situ scientific cruises, confocal microscopy-based bio-image, PCR, qPCR, and other molecular technologies) and dry lab experiments (including microbial community amplicon, metagenome, metatranscriptome, single-genome, and genome evolution related analysis as well as modeling) with experienced programming kill in Perl, Python, R, and Linux shell.
Mr. Xiaodong ZHANG
My research focuses on the diversity and ecology of marine picocyanobacteria Synechococcus, especially the response of various pigment types under different light colors. I am also interested in the taxonomy, diversity, spatial and temporal distribution of marine phytoplankton, especially in Hong Kong coastal waters.
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Mr. Yanhong LU
My research focuses on the biogeography and ecophysiology of ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA), which are critical microbe mediating the global nitrogen and carbon cycle. I am currently working on community structure, abundance, and activities under steep environmental gradients (especially, low oxygen environment) with a fine-scale phylogenetic resolution to understand the niche partition and key environmental determinates of the biogeography of AOA in the ocean. I am also interested in the estuarine phytoplankton dynamics and microbial responses to zooplankton activities.
Mr. Zhimeng XU
Zhimeng XU is a PhD student of Ocean Science Department, HKUST. His major was ecology since he was an undergraduate student at Ocean Unversity of China. His recent research topics focus on microbial community ecology, including diversity and assembly processes. He is familiar with molecular-based statistical analyses and is glad to make friends from all research areas.
Mr. Jiawei CHEN
I am interested in using multi-omics methods to study mechanisms underlying various ecological and biological events. I am working with different kinds of microorganisms, including cyanobacteria, mixotrophic dinoflagellate, cold-seep archaea, and viruses.
Ms. Mengwen PANG

Research interest:

Response of nanoplankton to global change. My study focuses on how different trophic types of dinoflagellates in the marine ecosystem react to global change, such as warming and ocean stratification.

Ms. Lixia DENG
Research interest:

Response of marine nitrogen fixation to global climate change and other environmental stressors

Biogeography and top-down control of marine unicellular diazotrophic cyanobacteria

Mr. Sangwook Lee (Scott)
Through amplicon sequencing of DNA derived from environmental samples (often termed environmental DNA (eDNA) metabarcoding), I study spatiotemporal changes in the Hong Kong coastal biome. In addition, ultimately, based on this, I intend to determine potential interactions in marine communities between each trophic level.
 Mr. Hongxing CUI
 Research interests: My research interest is focused on oceanic environmental dynamics interacting with tropical cyclones using remote sensing and machine learning methods. I am also interested in the time series prediction of parameters (e.g., SST, SSH, Chla concentration) in the upper ocean.
 Ms. Zuyuan GAO
 Zuyuan is a marine biology and ecology student whose focuses are on zooplankton, reef ecology, and the effects of anthropogenic factors on marine organisms. Nowadays, she is examining the ecological consequences of artificial ocean alkalinization (AOA) on zooplankton (especially copepod and ciliates) growth and development while also investigating how this environmental factor may influence HK local zooplankton community structure.