Prof. Tong Zhang

Selected Papers since 2009 (* : as the corresponding author) Full-list of publications


  1. Liu T, Zhang AN (co-first), Wang J, Liu S, Jiang X, Dang C, Ma T, Liu S, Chen Q, Chen Q, Xie SG, Zhang T*, Ni JR*. Integrated biogeography of planktonic and sedimentary bacterial communities in the Yangtze River. Microbiome. 6 (1): 16.

  2. Deng Y, Li B, Zhang T*. 2018. Bacteria that make a meal of sulfonamide antibiotics: blind spots and emerging opportunities. Environmental Science & Technology. 52(7): 3854–3868.

  3. Yin X, Jiang XT (co-first), Chai B, Li LG, Yang Y, Cole JR, Tiedje JM*, Zhang T*. 2018. ARGs-OAP v2. 0 with an expanded SARG database and Hidden Markov Models for enhancement characterization and quantification of antibiotic resistance genes in environmental metagenomes. Bioinformatics. 1: 8.

  4. Deng Y, Wang YL, Mao YP, Zhang T*. 2018. Partnership of Arthrobacter and Pimelobacter in aerobic degradation of sulfadiazine revealed by metagenomics analysis and isolation. Environmental Science & Technology. 52(5):2963–2972.

  5. Ma LP, Li B, Jiang XT, Wang YL, Xia Y, Li AD, Zhang T*. 2017. Catalogue of antibiotic resistome and host-tracking in drinking water deciphered by a large scale survey.  Microbiome 5(1): 154.

  6. Xia Y, Li AD, Deng Y, Jiang XT, Li LG, Zhang T*. 2017. MinION nanopore sequencing enables correlation between resistome phenotype and genotype of coliform bacteria in municipal sewage. Frontiers in Microbiology. 8: 2105.

  7. Ma LP, Li AD, Yin XL, Zhang T*. 2017. The prevalence of integrons as the carrier of antibiotic resistance genes in natural and man-made environments. Environmental Science & Technology. 51(10): 5721-5728.

  8. Wang YL, Ma LP, Mao YP, Jiang XT, Xia Y, Yu Ke, Li B, Zhang T*. 2017. Comammox in drinking water systems. Water Research. 116: 332-341.

  9. Li LG, Xia Y, Zhang T*. 2017. Co-occurrence of antibiotic and metal resistance genes revealed in complete genome collection. The ISME Journal. 11:651–662.

  10. Yang C, Xia Y, Qu H, Li AD, Liu RH, Wang YB, Zhang T*. Discovery of new cellulases from the metagenome by a metagenomics-guided strategy. Biotechnology for Biofuel. 9: 138.

  11. Deng Y, Mao YP, Li B, Yang C, Zhang T*. 2016. Aerobic degradation of sulfadiazine by Arthrobacter spp.: kinetics, pathways, and genomic characterization. Environmental Science and Technology. 50(17): 9566–9575.

  12. Yang Y, Jiang XT, Chai BL, Ma LP, Li B, Cole J, Tiedje MJ*, Zhang T*. 2016. ARGs-OAP: online analysis pipeline for anti-biotic resistance genes detection from metagenomic data using an integrated structured ARG-database. Bioinformatics. 32(15):2346-51.

  13. 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. 

  14. Ma LP, Xia Y, LI B, Yang Y, Li LG, Tiedje JM*, Zhang T*. 2016. Metagenomic assembly reveals hosts of antibiotic resistance genes and the shared resistome in pig, chicken and human feces. Environmental Science and Technology. 50: 420-427.

  15. Ju F, Zhang T*. 2015. Experimental design and bioinformatics analysis for the application of metagenomics in environmental sciences and biotechnology. Environmental Science and Technology. 49(21): 12628-40.

  16. Andong, Li Liguan, Zhang T*. 2015. Exploring Antibiotic Resistance Genes and Metal Resistance Genes in Plasmid Metagenomes from Wastewater Treatment Plants. Frontiers in Microbiology. 6: doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.01025.

  17. 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 and Technology. 49(17): 10492–10502.

  18. Li B, Yang Y, Ma LP, Ju F, Guo F, Tiedje JM, Zhang T*. 2015. Metagenomic and network analysis reveal wide distribution and co-occurrence of environmental antibiotic resistance genes. The ISME Journal. 9(11): 2490-502.

  19. 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(3): 683-95.

  20. Chao YQ, Mao YP, Wang ZP, Zhang T*. 2015. Diversity and functions of bacterial community in drinking water biofilms revealed by high-throughput sequencing. Scientific Reports. 5: 10044. 

  21. Mao Y, Yu K, Xia Y, Chao Y, Zhang T*. 2014. Genome reconstruction and gene expression of 'Candidatus Accumulibacter phosphatis' Clade IB performing biological phosphorus removal. Environmental Science and Technology. 48(17): 10363-71.

  22. Yang Y, Li B, Zou SC, Fang HHP, Zhang T*. 2014. Fate of antibiotic resistance genes in sewage treatment plant revealed by metagenomic approach. Water Research. 62, 97-106. 

  23. 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, 2421-2432.

  24. Yang Y, Li B, Ju F, Zhang T*. 2013. Exploring variation of antibiotic resistance genes in activated sludge over a four-year period through a metagenomic approach. Environmental Science and Technology. 47(18), 10197–10205.

  25. Cai L, Zhang T*. 2013. Detecting human bacterial pathogens in wastewater treatment plants by a high-throughput shotgun sequencing technique. Environmental Science and Technology. 47(10), 5433–5441.

  26. Li B, Zhang T*. 2013. Different removal behaviours of multiple trace antibiotics in municipal wastewater chlorination. Water Research. 47(9), 2970-82.

  27. Xia Y, Ju F, Fang HHP, Zhang T*. 2013. Mining of novel thermo-stable cellulolytic genes from a thermophilic cellulose-degrading consortium by metagenomics. PLoS ONE. 8(1), e53779.

  28. Ye L, Zhang T*, Wang TT, Fang ZW. 2012. Microbial structures, functions and metabolic pathways in wastewater treatment bioreactors revealed using high-throughput sequencing. Environmental Science and Technology. 46(24), 13244-13252.

  29. Yu K, Zhang T*. 2012. Metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis of microbial community structure and gene expression of activated sludge. PLoS ONE. 7, e38183.

  30. Li B, Zhang T*. 2012. pH significantly affects removal of trace antibiotics in chlorination of municipal wastewater. Water Research. 46, 3703-3713.

  31. Zhang T*, Shao MF, Ye L. 2012. 454 Pyrosequencing reveals bacterial diversity of activated sludge from 14 sewage treatment plants. The ISME Journal. 6(6), 1137-47.

  32. Guo F, Zhang T*. 2012. Profiling bulking and foaming bacteria in activated sludge by high throughput sequencing. Water Research. 46(8), 2772-82.

  33. Ye L, Zhang T*. 2011. Pathogenic bacteria in sewage treatment plants as revealed by 454 pyrosequencing. Environmental Science and Technology. 45(17), 7173–7179.

  34. Zhang XX, Zhang T*. 2011. Occurrence, abundance and diversity of tetracycline resistance genes in 15 sewage treatment plants across China and other global locations. Environmental Science and Technology. 45(7), 2598-604.

  35. Zhang T*, Li B. 2011. Occurrence, transformation and fate of antibiotics in municipal wastewater treatment plants. Critical Review on Environmental Science and Technology. 41, 951-998.

  36. Li B Zhang T*. 2010. Biodegradation and adsorption of antibiotics in the activated sludge process. Environmental Science and Technology. 44(9), 3468-3473.

  37. Li B, Zhang T*, Xu ZY, Fang HHP. 2009. Rapid analysis of 21 antibiotics of multiple classes in municipal wastewater using ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Analytica Chimica Acta. 645, 64-72.

  38. Zhang T*, Zhang M, Zhang XX, Fang HHP. 2009. Tetracycline resistance genes and tetracycline resistant lactose-fermenting Enterobacteriaceae in activated sludge of sewage treatment plants. Environmental Science and Technology. 43, 3455–3460.


Book and Book Chapter

  1. Anaerobic Biotechnology: Environmental Protection and Resource Recovery. Edited by Fang HHP and Zhang T. 2015.  Imperial College Press, London. ISBN-978-1-78326-790-3.

  2. Zhang T*. 2010. Application of molecular methods for anaerobic technology. In: Environmental Anaerobic Technology: Applications and New Developments. Imperial College Press, London. ISBN-13 978-184816-542-7. pp.207-240.



  1. US patent: Doping of inorganic minerals to hydrophobic membrane surface, Shih K, Li XY, Wang XM and Zhang T, Patent Corporation Treaty (PCT) application (No. PCT/CN2011/001490), 2012.

  2. China patent: The method of absorbing SO2 by effluent of biological wastewater treatment, Liu Yan, Ma LM, Jin ZG, Zhang T and Xiong Y. Authorized on July 5, 1998. Certification number: ZL 94113910.7. Patent open number: CN 1104555A.