Meet the Faculty

Dr. Guolu Zheng

Assistant Professor in Microbiology
Department of Agriculture and Environmental Science
211 Foster Hall
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
(573) 681-5964


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon Health & Science University, Beaverton, Oregon
  • Ph.D. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • M.S. Xiamen University, P.R. China
  • B.S. Xiamen University, P.R. China

Research Focus

  • DNA-based methods for tracking fecal pollution in water and food
  • Food safety of fresh and fresh-cut vegetables
  • Using animal manure as a biomass source to generate biogas

Recent Publications

  • Shen, Z., C. Duan, C. Zhang, D. Xu, C. A. Carson, and G. Zheng. (2013) Using an intervening sequence of Faecalibacterium 16s rDNA to identify poultry feces. Water Research. in press.
  • Kim, Y. J., J. E. Jones, H. Li, H. Yampara-Iquise, G. Zheng, C. A. Carson,M. Cooperstock,M. Sherman, Q. Yu. (2013) Three-dimensional (3-D) microfluidic-channel-based DNA biosensor for ultra-sensitive electrochemical detection. J Electroanal Chem. 702: 72–78.
  • Chao Zhang, Guolu Zheng, Shun-fu Xu, and Dong Xu. (2012) Computational challenges in characterization of bacteria and bacteria-host interactions based on genomic data. J Comput Sci Technol. 27 (2): 225-239.
  • Zheng, G, Yampara-Iquise, H., Jones, J.E., and Carson, C.A. (2009) Development of Faecalibacterium 16S rRNA gene marker for identification of human feces. J. Appl. Microbiol. 106:634-641
  • Yampara-Iquise, H, Zheng,G., Jones, J.E., and Carson, C.A. (2008) Use of a Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron-specific alpha-1-6, mannanase quantitative PCR to detect human fecal pollution in water. J. Appl. Microbiol. 105:1686-1693.

Current Research Projects:

Project #: MOX-ZHENG
Founding source: USDA, NIFA’s Evans-Allen Grants
(NIFA: National Institute for Food and Agriculture)
Duration: October, 2010 to September, 2014 
Title: Bacterium Faecalibacterium for tracking agricultural sources of fecal pollution in water #: GRANT11339442
Founding source: USDA, NIFA’s 1890 Capacity Building Grants
Duration: September, 2011 to August, 2014
Title: Novel Escherichia coli genetic markers for water safety #: GRANT11280661
Founding source: USDA, AFRI’s Food Safety Grants
(AFRI: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative)
Duration: September, 2013 to August 2015
Title: Safeguard fresh and fresh-cut vegetables in situ through anti-pathogen endophytic Bacillus subtilis. #: GRANT10820510
Founding source: USDA, NIFA’s 1890 Capacity Building Grants
Duration: September, 2013 to August, 2016
Title: Prediction and control of the performance of anaerobic digestion of animal manure through metagenomics for renewable energy and a sustainable environment