Feng Ju

2020-03-10 13:57


Dr. Feng Ju

School of Engineering

Environmental Science and Engineering

Environmental Microbiome and Biotechnology Laboratory (EMBLab)

"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants”(Sir Isaac Newton): We wish to build the Westlake Institute for Advanced Study as the cradle of future academic giants and industry elites through our joint unremitting efforts."

Work Experience

2018-present: Principal Investigator

School of Engineering, Westlake University (WLU), Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

2015-2018: Postdoc

Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), Kastanienbaum, Switzerland


1- 2011-2015: Ph.D., Environmental Biotechnology

2- University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong, China

3- 2008-2011: M.E. in   Environmental Engineering, South China University of Technology (SCUT), China

4- 2004-2008: B.E. in   Environmental Engineering, Jianghan University, China

Public Services

1- an editorial member of Engineering (Transcations of CAE) and Frontiers in Microbiology (Frontiers).

2- Reviewers of Microbiome, Environmental International, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Environmental Science and Technology, Water Research, Environmental Pollution, Science of the Total Environment etc.

3- Regular member of International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME), International Water Association (IWA) and Ecological Society of China (ESC).

Honors & Awards

1- Winner of The Swan Shine Young Scientist Awards for Microbial Ecology (Outstanding), Ecological Society of China (ESC), 11/2018.

2- Winner of 2016 Young Scientist Awards (Honorable Mention), Hong Kong, HKIS, 12/2016.

3- Winner of 2014-2015 Awards for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student (outstanding Ph D thesis), HKU, Hong Kong, 12/2016.

4- Winner of Excellent Master’s Thesis Award (Oct. 2012) of SCUT.


1. Ju F, Beck K, Yin X, McArdell Christa, Singer H, Johnson D, Zhang T, Buergmann H *. 2019. Wastewater treatment plant resistomes are shaped by bacterial composition, genetic exchange and up-regulated expression in the effluent. The ISME Journal   13 (2), 346.
Zhao F#, Ju F#, Huang K, Mao Y, Zhang XX, Ren H, Zhang T. 2019. Comprehensive insights into the key components of bacterial assemblages in pharmaceutical wastewater treatment plants. Science of The Total Environment 651, 2148-2157.
Ju F, Wang Y, Zhang T. 2018. Bioreactor microbial ecosystems with differentiated methanogenic phenol biodegradation and competitive metabolic pathways unraveled with genome-resolved metagenomics. Biotechnology for Biofuels 11 (1), 135.
4. Jiang XT, Ye L,
Ju F, Wang YL, Zhang T*. 2018. Toward an intensive longitudinal understanding of activated sludge bacterial assembly and dynamics. Environmental Science & Technology. 52 (15), 8224-8232.
Ju F, Lau, F, Zhang T. 2017. Linking microbial community, environmental variables and methanogenesis in anaerobic biogas digesters of chemically enhanced primary treatment sludge. Environmental Science & Technology. 51 (7), 3982-3992.
6. Hu AY,
Ju F, Hou LY, Li JW, Yang XY, Wang HJ, Mulla SI, Sun Q, Bürgmann H, Yu CP. 2017. Strong impact of anthropogenic contamination on the co-occurrence patterns of a riverine microbial community. Environmental Microbiology. 19(12):4993-5009.
Ju F, Li B, Ma LP, Wang YB, Huang DP, Zhang T. 2016. Antibiotic resistance genes and human bacterial pathogens: co-occurrence, removal, and enrichment in municipal sewage sludge digesters. Water Research. 91, 1-10.
Ju F, Wang YB, Lau FTK, Fung WC, Huang DP, Xia Y, Zhang T. 2016. Anaerobic digestion of chemically enhanced primary treatment (CEPT) sludge and the microbial community structure. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 100 (20), 8975-8982.
Ju F, Zhang T. 2015. Bacterial assembly and temporal dynamics in activated sludge of a full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plant. The ISME Journal. 9: 683-695.
Ju F, Zhang T. 2015. Experimental design and bioinformatics analysis for the application of metagenomics in environmental sciences and biotechnology. Environmental Science & Technology. 49(21), 12628-12640.
Ju F, Fang, HHP, Zhang T. 2015. Application of Metagenomics in Environmental Anaerobic Technology. Book chapter V of “Anaerobic Biotechnology: Environmental Protection and Resource Recovery”, published by Imperial College Press.
12. Li B#,•
Ju F# ,•Cai L ,•Zhang T. 2015. Profile and fate of bacterial pathogens in sewage treatment plants revealed by high-throughput metagenomic approach. Environmental Science & Technology. 49 (17), 10492–10502 (#equal contribution).
13. Li B, Yang Y, Ma LP,
Ju F, Guo F, Tiedje J. Zhang T. 2015. Metagenomic and network analysis reveal wide distribution and co-occurrence of environmental antibiotic resistance genes. The ISME Journal. 9(11):2490-2502.
Ju F, Xia Y, Guo F, Wang ZP, Zhang T. 2014. Taxonomic relatedness shapes bacterial assembly in activated sludge of globally distributed wastewater treatment plants. Environmental Microbiology. 16(8):2421-2432.
Ju F, Guo F, Ye L, Xia Y, Zhang T. 2014. Metagenomic analysis on seasonal microbial variations of activated sludge from a full-scale wastewater treatment plant over 4 years. Environmental microbiology reports 6 (1), 80-89.