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Liu FangHua
Institute: Chinese Acad Sci, Yantai Inst Coastal Zone Res, Key Laboratory of Coastal Biology and Biological Resources Utilization
Research Fields: Direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) Benthic Microbial Fuel Cells (BMFC). Benthic Microbial Electrosynthesis (BME)
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Liu FangHua


Fanghua Liu, Ph.D.
Professor, Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research,
Chinese Academy of Sciences.
 17 ChunHui Road, Laishan District, Yantai, Shandong, China. 264003.
                                  Ph: 0086-0535-2109268       Email:

Research Interests
• Soil carbon cycle                      • Anaerobic biodegradation            • Methanogenesis
• Soil Bio-mineral Interaction    • Biological mineralization             • Syntrophy
• Microbial interspecies electron transfer     • Iron oxidizing and reducing community
•   Show the first evidence that a mineral (magnetite) may function in a manner similar to that of a cytochrome to promote microbial electron transfer.
•   Show that granular activated carbon (GAC) promotes interspecies electron transfer
providing a potential explanation for how it enhances methane production in anaerobic digesters.
•  Identify chemolithotrophic acetogenic H2/CO2 utilizes in Italian rice field soil.
•  Identify Thermoanaerobacteriaceae that oxidize acetate in methanogenic rice field soil at 50°C.
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, USA, 2013
Max Planck Society Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany, 2011
Ph.D., Microbiology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China, 2009
B.S., Bioengineering, Hubei University, Wuhan, China, 2002
Professor, Hundred-Talent Program. Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 2013-present.
Awards & Achievements
Two Hundred Talents. Chinese Academy of Sciences. 2015-2020
Hundred Talents. Chinese Academy of Sciences. 2014-2017
Fellowship from Max Planck Society in Germany. 2009-2011
Publications (citation dates based on Web of Science)
1. Lei Chen#, Mingpeng Wang#, Jin Hou, Jiafang Fu, Yu Shen, Fanghua Liu, Zhaojie Zhang, Xiaoming Bao*. HAL2 overexpression induces iron acquisition in bdf1Δ cells and enhances their salt resistance. Current Genetics. 2016. doi:10.1007/s00294-016-0628-9 (In press) (Impact Factor=3.385)
 #:Equally contributed.
2. Ying Li, Shiling Zheng, Hongxia Zhang, Bingchen Wang Oumei Wang*, Fanghua Liu*. Potential direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) from Clostridium spp. to Methanosarcina barkeri in a methanogenic isolation. Microbiology China. DOI: 10.13344/j.microbiol.china.160218. (In press)
3. Lei Chen, Hongxia Zhang, Ying Li, Shiling Zheng, Fanghua Liu*.The role of microorganisms in the geochemical iron cycle. Science China. (In press)
4. Cuiyun Yang, Shengtao Fang, Dehui Chen, Jianhua Wang, Fanghua Liu*, Chuanhai Xia*. The possible role of bacterial signal molecules N-acyl homoserine lactones in the formation of diatom-biofilm (Cylindrotheca sp.). Marine Pollution Bulletin. 2016, 107(1):118-124. doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2016.04.010. (Impact Factor=3.099)
5. Leilei Xiao, Bin Lian, Cuiling Dong, Fanghua Liu. The selective expression of carbonic anhydrase genes of Aspergillus nidulans in response to changes in mineral nutrition and CO2 concentration. MicrobiologyOpen. 2016; 5(1): 60–69. doi: 10.1002/mbo3.311. (Impact Factor=2.148) (Times Cited: 1)
6. Shiling Zheng#, Hongxia Zhang#, Ying Li, Hua Zhang, Oumei Wang*, Jun Zhang, Fanghua Liu*. Co-occurrence of Methanosarcina mazei and Geobacteraceae in an iron(III)-reducing enrichment culture. Frontiers in Microbiology. 2015, 6:941. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00941 (Impact Factor=4.165)
*:corresponding author. #:Equally contributed.
7. Feifei Sun, Xiaoli Zhang, Qianqian Zhang, Fanghua Liu, Jianping Zhang, Jun Gong. Seagrass (Zostera marina) colonization promotes diazotrophic bacteria and alters relative abundance of specific bacterial lineages involved in benthic carbon and sulfur cycling. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2015. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01382-15. (Impact Factor=3.823)
8. Yongjun Wei, Haokui Zhou, Jun Zhang, Lei Zhang, Alei Geng, Fanghua Liu, Guoping Zhao, Shengyue Wang, Zhihua Zhou, Xing Yan. Insight into dominant cellulolytic bacteria from two biogas digesters and their glycoside hydrolase genes. Plos ONE. 2015, 10(6): e0129921. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0129921 (Impact Factor=3.057) (Times Cited: 1)
9. Fanghua Liu*, Amelia-Elena Rotaru, Pravin Malla Shrestha, Nikhil S. Malvankar, Kelly P. Nevin, Derek R. Lovley. Magnetite Compensates for the Lack of a c-Type Cytochrome in Extracellular Electron Exchange. Environmental Microbiology. 2015. 17: 648–655. (Impact Factor=5.932) (Times Cited: 15)
*:corresponding author.
10. Pravin Malla Shrestha, Nikhil S. Malvankar, Jeffrey J. Werner , Ashley E. Franks J.J. Werner, A.E. Franks, Amelia-Elena Rotaru, Minita Shrestha, Fanghua Liu, Kelly P. Nevin, Largus T. Angenent, Derek R. Lovley. 2014. Correlation between microbial community and granule conductivity in anaerobic bioreactors for brewery wastewater treatment. Bioresource Technology. 174:306–310. (Impact Factor=4.917) (Times Cited: 7)
11. Shanshan Chen, Amelia-Elena Rotaru, Fanghua Liu, Jo Philips, Trevor L. Woodard, Kelly P. Nevin, Derek R. Lovley. 2014. Carbon cloth stimulates direct interspecies electron transfer in syntrophic co-cultures. Bioresource Technology.  173:82–86. (Impact Factor=4.917) (Times Cited: 19)
12. Amelia-Elena Rotarua, Pravin Malla Shrestha, Fanghua Liu, Beatrice Markovaite, Shanshan Chen, Kelly Nevin, Derek Lovley. Direct Interspecies Electron Transfer Between Geobacter metallireducens and Methanosarcina barkeri. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2014. 80: 4599–4605. (Impact Factor=3.823) (Times Cited: 33)
13. Shanshan Chen,Amelia-Elena Rotaru,Pravin Malla Shrestha,Nikhil S. Malvankar, Fanghua Liu,Wei Fan, Kelly P. Nevin, Derek R. Lovley. Promoting interspecies electron transfer with biochar. Scientific Reports. 2014. 4, 5019. oi:10.1038/srep05019. (Impact Factor=5.228) (Times Cited: 23)
14. Amelia-Elena Rotaru, Pravin M. Shrestha, Fanghua Liu, Minita Shrestha, Devesh Shrestha, Mallory Embree, Karsten Zengler, Colin Wardman, Kelly P. Nevin, Derek R. Lovley. A new model for electron flow during anaerobic digestion: direct interspecies electron transfer to Methanosaeta for the reduction of carbon dioxide to methane. Energy & Environmental Science. 2014, 7: 408-415. (Impact Factor=25.427) (Times Cited: 84)
15. Pravin M. Shrestha, Amelia-Elena Rotaru, Muktak Aklujkar, Fanghua Liu, Minita Shrestha, Zarath M. Summers, Nikhil Malvankar, Dan Carlo Flores, Derek R. Lovley. Syntrophic growth with direct interspecies electron transfer as the primary mechanism for energy exchange. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 2013, 5(6), 904-910. (Impact Factor=3.500) (Times Cited: 20)
16. Pravin M. Shrestha, Amelia-Elena Rotaru, Zarath M. Summers, Minita Shrestha, Fanghua Liu, and Derek R. Lovley. Transcriptomic and genetic analysis of direct interspecies electron transfer. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2013.79: 2397-2404. (Impact Factor=3.823) (Times Cited: 25)
17. Fanghua Liu*, Amelia-Elena Rotaru, Pravin Malla Shrestha, Nikhil S. Malvankar, Kelly P. Nevin, Derek R. Lovley. Promoting direct interspecies electron transfer with activated carbon. Energy & Environmental Science. 2012, 5: 8982-8989. (Impact Factor=25.427) (Times Cited: 67
  *:corresponding author.
18. Amelia-Elena Rotaru, Pravin M. Shrestha, Fanghua Liu, Toshiyuki Ueki, Zarath M. Summers and Derek R. Lovley. Interspecies electron transfer via H2 and formate rather than direct electrical connections in co-cultures of Pelobacter carbinolicus and Geobacter sulfurreducens. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2012, 78:7645-7651. (Impact Factor=3.823) (Times Cited: 27)
19. Alei Geng, Gen Zou, Xing Yan, Qianfu Wang, Jun Zhang, Fanghua Liu, Baoli Zhu and Zhihua Zhou*. Expression and characterization of a novel metagenome-derived cellulase Exo2b and its application to improve cellulase activity in Trichoderma reesei. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2012, 96: 951-962. (Impact Factor=3.376) (Times Cited: 20)
20. Fanghua Liu, Ralf Conrad*. Chemolithotrophic acetogenic H2/CO2 utilization in Italian rice field soil. The ISME Journal. 2011, 5: 1526-1539. (Impact Factor=9.328) (Times Cited: 9)
21. Fanghua Liu and Ralf Conrad*. Thermoanaerobacteriaceae oxidize acetate in methanogenic rice field soil at 50ºC. Environmental Microbiology. 2010, 12: 2341–2354. (Impact Factor=5.932) (Times Cited: 23)
22. Fanghua Liu#, Sibao Wang#, Jianshe Zhang, Jun Zhang, Xing Yan, Haokui Zhou, Guoping Zhao, Zhihua Zhou*. The structure of the bacterial and archaeal community in a biogas digester as revealed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and 16S rDNA sequencing analysis. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 2009, 106(3):1022-1032. (Impact Factor=2. 156)
   #:Equally contributed.  (Times Cited: 75)
23. Fanghua Liu, Guofang Lin, Guang Gao, Boqiang Qin, Jianshe Zhang, Guoping Zhao, Zhihua Zhou, Jianhua Shen. Bacterial and archaeal assemblages in sediments of a large shallow freshwater lake, Lake Taihu, as revealed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). Journal of Applied Microbiology. 2009, 106(3):952-966. (Impact Factor=2.156)  (Times Cited: 18)
24. Yongzhen Tao, Yanling He, Yongqiang Wu, Fanghua Liu, Xinfeng Li, Wenming Zong, Zhihua Zhou.Characteristics of a new photosynthetic bacterial strain for hydrogen production and its application in wastewater treatment. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 2008, 33(3):963-937. (Impact Factor=3.205) (Times Cited: 86)
25. Rong Xie, Zhishui He, Fanghua Liu, Huasong Zou, Jiabi Zhu, Guanqiao Yu. Identification of genes induced during Medicago sativa nodule development by using the cDNA-AFLP technique. Chinese Science Bulletin. 2006, 51(17):2087-2094. (Impact Factor=1.789) (Times Cited: 3)
26. Li Luo, Fanghua Liu, Jiabi Zhu, Guangqiao Yu. A LuxR family regulator, ExpR regulates the expression of motC operon from Sinorhizobium meliloti. Acta microbiologica Sinica. 2006, 46 (3):474-477. (Times Cited: 1)


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