Center for Water Environment Engineering

Research Group of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology




PI: Prof. QIU Dongru, PhD

Members: Xiuxiu Mao (Technician), Xun Li (Graduate student), Hehong Wei (Graduate student) 

Contact Us:  

Dr. Dongru Qiu  

Research Group of Molecular microbiology and Biotechnology 

Institute of Hydrobiology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences 

7 South Donghu Road, Wuhan, Hubei, China, 430072 


+86 27 68780215 (Office) 

+86 27 68780609 (Staff Office) 

General Introduction:  

The Research Group of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology focused on the molecular genetics, genomics, synthetic biology, biodegradation of microplastics and biosynthesis of bioplastics, dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonia, denitrification and nitrogen fixation, and physiology of environmental microbes, such as Zoogloea Aquincola, Mitsuaria and other activated sludge bacteria, Shewanella, Vibrio, Pseudomonas and Bacillus species, as well as cyanobacterial bloom control, the biofloc technology for aquaculture and the microbial biotechnology for activated sludge process, excessive sludge disposal and utilization, water pollution control, ecological rehabilitation of aquatic environments and freshwater aquaculture. 

Recent Publications:  

1.    Qiu, D. 2012. Essential genes, minimal genome and synthetic cell: A review. Chinese Journal of Biotechnology, 28(5): 1-10. 

2.    Damron, H.F., D. Qiu, H.D. Yu. 2009. The Pseudomonas aeruginosa sensor kinase KinB negatively controls alginate production through AlgW-dependent MucA proteolysis. Journal of Bacteriology, 191: 2285-2295.  

3.   Qiu, D., H.F. Damron, T. Mima, H.P. Schweizer, and H. D. Yu. 2008. A series of PBAD-based shuttle vectors for functional analysis of toxic and highly-regulated genes in Pseudomonas and Burkholderia spp. and other bacteria. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 74: 7422-7426.  

4.   Qiu, D., V. M. Eisinger, N. Head, G. Pier, and H. D. Yu. 2008. ClpXP proteases positively regulate overexpression of alginate and mucoid conversion in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Microbiology (SGM, UK), 154: 2119-2130.  

5.   Qiu, D., V. M. Eisinger, D. W. Rowen, and H. D. Yu. 2007. Regulated proteolysis controls mucoid conversion in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA., 104: 8107-8112.