Principal Investigator

      Xiaozhou Luo is a professor and executive director at Center for Synthetic Biochemistry (CSB), Institute of Synthetic Biology (iSynBio), Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences.
      Dr. Luo received his Bachelor degree from Nanyang Technological University in 2010, and PhD in chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute in 2016. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Jay D. Keasling’s lab at the University of California, Berkeley before joining SIAT.
      He is mainly engaged in the innovative research of synthetic biology of natural products and the directed evolution of enzymes. His work has been published in Nat Chem Biol, Cell Chem Biol, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, Angew Chem Int Ed and other top international academic journals.

Associate Professors

Hongting Tang(汤红婷)
Peking University, Postdoc

Shandong University, PhD in Microbiology
Engineering promoter, secretory pathway and genetic code expansion for high expression of recombiant proteins and applying them in synthetic biology

Assistant Professors & Postdocs

Xixi Zhao(赵西西)
Sun Yat-sen University, Genetics

Metabolic engineering of microorganisms for high value-added products and protein directed evolution

Yunfeng Zhang(张云丰)
Jiangnan University, Fermentation engineering
Metabolic engineering yeast chassis for meroterpenoid product

Huaxiang Deng(邓华祥)
Jiangnan University, Bioology
Construct Flavonoid Chassis in E.coli by machine learning

Qiaoli Liu(刘巧利)
Jiangnan University, Fermentation engineering
Synthetic biology about natural products and metabolic engineering of microorganisms

Pan Zhang(张盼)
China Agricultural University, Microbiology
Complete biosynthesis of natural products

Dan He(何丹)
China Agricultural University, Plant pathology
The pathogenicity mechanism of Magnaporthe oryzae and its interaction with the host

Ruidong Chen(陈瑞东)
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Marine biology
Biosynthesis mechanism of marine natural products and discovery of novel enzymes

Jing Liang(梁菁)
Virginia Tech University, Biochemistry
Biochemical characterization of enzyme structure-function relationship and catalytic mechanism

Xiaoxue Zhou(周小雪)
Jilin University, Biochemistry and molecular biology
Enzyme immobilization technique and the directed evolution of enzymes

Xinran Wang(王欣然)
Shanghai JiaoTong University, Bioengineering
Chassis construction for high PKS production, and synthetic biology in streptomyces

Jiazeng Yang(杨加增)
Jinan University, Traditional Chinese Medicinal Chemistry
Metabolic engineering of yeast for fermentation of natural products

Lingfeng Zhu(朱凌峰)
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Microorganism
Enzyme engineering and metabolic engineering

Tongjian Yang(杨统见)
Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Genetics
Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology of Streptomyces

Yangming Zhang(张洋铭)
Peking University, Basic Medicine
Function of gut microbiota in diseases

Zhibo Li (黎志波)
University of Groningen, Molecular Genetics
De novo design of nonribosomal peptides

Haibing He (何海兵)
The University of Tokyo, Pharmaceutical Sciences

The enzyme biocatalysts

Yun Liu(刘云)
Huazhong Agricultural University, Horticulture
Discovery, biosynthesis and evolution of plant natural products, and synthetic biology of microorganisms

Research Assistants

Rui Di(狄睿)
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Food nutrition
Metabolic engineering of yeast for fermentation of natural products

Yimeng Cui (崔一萌)
Shenyang Agricultural University,Basic Veterinary
Medicine Molecular evolution and functional analyses of rhodopsin during the origin of vertebrates

Changle Zhao(赵长乐)
Shihezi University,Biology
Comparative genomics and analysis of the mechanism of secondary metabolites overproduction in bacteria

Shumin Lin(林淑敏)
Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Pharmaceutical Analysis
Complete biosynthesis of natural products

Yufei Chen(陈俞妃)
Shenzhen University, Biology
Main symbiotic bacterial species of dinoflagellate and their DMSP metabolic characteristics

Soochow University, Microbiology
Function of Organic Hydroperoxide Resistance Gene against Organic Peroxides in Vibrio parahaemolyticus

Biming ZHONG (钟必鸣)
The University of Melbourne, Food science
Characterization and quantification of polyphenols in plants using LC-QTOF-MS/MS

Jing Wang(王景)
Southwest University, Genetics

Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology of Natural products

Xufan Lian(廉旭凡)
Institute of Botany of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Developmental Biology
Analysis of the biosynthetic pathway of natural products

Banlai Ruan(阮班来)
China Medical University, Basic Medical
Function of gut microbiota in diseases

Yanwu Deng(邓艳午)
Shenzhen University, Biology
Function analysis of Heavy metal transporting ATPase



Junfeng Shen(沈俊峰)
Shenzhen University, Microbiology
Fungal secondary metabolites

Yulan Qiu(邱玉兰)
Zhejiang Wanli University, Biotechnology
Next generation sequencing

Postgraduate Students

Yanling Wu(吴燕玲)
PhD Student
University of Melbourne, Biotechnology
Regulation of gene expression by controling transcription factor, biosynthesis of terpenoid and automation technique transformation

Han Yu(余函)
Master Student

Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Intelligent science and technology
Characterization of enzyme function, machine learning

Visiting Scholars

Feifei Li(李菲菲)
Inner Mongolia University, Biology
Biosynthesis, separation and extraction of natural products

Yanan Qiao(乔亚南)
Institute of Microbiology, Shandong University, Natural Medicinal Chemistry
Synthetic biology about secondary metabolites from liverworts

Zexin Wang (王泽新)
Huazhong Agricultural University
Biosynthesis and evolution of plant natural products

Shengli Zhuang (庄胜利)
The University of Hong Kong, Postdoc
The University of Science and Technology of China, PhD

Main research fields are centered on the synthesis of metal clusters and their catalytic organic chemistry

Shuo Yang (杨硕)
Qilu University of Technology, Biology and medicine

Construction and Optimization of Microbial Cell factories

Lijuan Liu (刘丽娟)
Zhengzhou University, Inorganic chemistry

Exploration of Biomedical and Catalytic Applications of Metal Nanoclusters

Donyi Liu (刘冬艺)
Dalian University of Technology, Chemical Engineering

Photophysical properties study of photosensitizers, and light-driven organic synthesis

Administrative Assistant

Zhenqin Wei(魏珍琴)
Nanchang Institute of Technology, Business Administration(Accounting Direction)


Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Que Chen(陈鹊)
Dr. Yin Zhang(张尹)

Research Assistants

Shengtao Bo(薄胜涛)
Huan Lu(卢欢)
Shasha Li(李沙沙)

Tingye Feng(冯庭叶)

Nanzhu Chen(陈南柱)

University of Hong Kong
Doctoral student

Jiliang Deng(邓吉良)

WuHan University
Doctoral student

Dawei You(尤大伟)

Peking University
Doctoral student

Ce Dong(董策)

Visiting Scholars

Weiyue Liang(梁维悦)

Jiangnan University
Master student

Yamin Lin(林亚敏)

Institute of Microbiology, CAS – Doctoral Student


Zhaohui Zheng(郑兆辉)
Haolin Luo (罗浩林)

Shenzhen University
Master Student