Dr. Jun Zeng, an associate professor at the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, specializes in soil biology and biochemistry. With over a decade of experience, he focuses on identifying novel microbial strains and enzymes that can degrade persistent organic pollutants like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances. Dr. Zeng employs molecular biological tools to monitor degradation processes, characterizing microbial communities and their functions. He has authored more than over 50 scientific publications, with more than 2000 citations.

Institute of Soil Science, CAS

No. 71 East Beijing Road, Nanjing, 210008, P.R. China


Research Areas

[1] Identification of microbial strains or enzymes that can transform persistent organic pollutants like PAHs and PFASs.

[2] Investigating the biodegradation of organic pollutants in soil microcosm experiments sheds light on the crucial role of soil microbial communities in determining pollutant fate.

[3] Unveiling real-time responses of soil microbial communities to organic pollution, with the goal of identifying specialized communities for long-term monitoring or bioremediation of pollution.


09/2008-07/2011: Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ph.D. Environmental Sciences

09/2003-07/ 2006: Huazhong Agricultural University, M.S. Microbiology

09/1999-07/2003: Huazhong Agricultural University, B.S. Environmental Sciences


09/2011- present: Institute of Soil Science, CAS. Assistant professor, Associate professor

10/2019 -09/2020: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Visting schloar


1.         J Zeng, RN Wu, TT Peng, QG Li, Q Wang, YC Wu, X Song, XG Lin. 2023. Low-temperature thermally enhanced bioremediation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-contaminated soil: Effects on fate, toxicity and bacterial communities. Environmental Pollution, 335, 122247.

2.         J Zeng, YJ Li, YL Dai, QH Zhu, YC Wu, XG Lin. 2023. Soil drying legacy does not affect phenanthrene fate in soil but modifies bacterial community response. Environmental Pollution, 331, 121909.

3.         J Zeng, YJ Li, YL Dai, YC Wu, XG Lin, Effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon structure on PAH mineralization and toxicity to soil microorganisms after oxidative bioremediation by laccase, Environmental Pollution. 2021, 287(15) :117581

4.         J Zeng, QH Zhu, YC Wu, J Shan, R Ji, XG Lin, Oxidation of benzo[a]pyrene by laccase in soil enhances bound residue formation and reduces disturbance to soil bacterial community composition, Environmental Pollution. 2018, 462-469

5.         J Zeng, XJ Liu, L Song, XG Lin, HY Zhang, CC Shen, HY Chu, Nitrogen fertilization directly affects soil bacterial diversity and indirectly affects bacterial community composition, Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 2016, 41-49

6.         J Zeng, XG Lin, J Zhang, H Zhu, H Chen, MH Wong, Successive transformation of benzo[a]pyrene by the laccase of Trametes versicolor and the pyrene-degrading Mycobacterium strains, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2013, 97: 3183-3194

7.         J Zeng, XG Lin, J Zhang, XZ Li, MH Wong, Oxidation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons by the bacterial laccase CueO from E. coli, Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 2011, 1841-1849

8.         J Zeng, QH Zhu, YJ Li, YL Dai, YC Wu, YH Sun, LY Miu, H Chen, XG Lin, Isolation of diverse pyrene-degrading bacteria via introducing readily utilized phenanthrene, Chemosphere. 2019, 534-540

9.         J Zeng, QH Zhu, YC Wu, H Chen, XG Lin, Characterization of a polycyclic aromatic ring-hydroxylation dioxygenase from Mycobacterium sp. NJS-P, Chemosphere. 2017, 185:67-74

10.     J Zeng, QH Zhu, YC Wu, XG Lin, Oxidation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons using Bacillus subtilis CotA with high laccase activity and copper independence, Chemosphere. 2016, 148:1-7

11.     J Zeng, XG Lin, J Zhang, XZ Li, Isolation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons degrading Mycobacterium spp. and the degradation in soil, Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2010, 718-723

12.     J Zeng,  YC Wu, XG Lin, Advances in microbial remediation of soils contaminated by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, Acta Microbiologica Sinica. 2020, 60(2): 2804-2815

13.     ZD Du, YL Dai, YJ Li, YC Wu, XG Lin, XH Ye, J Zeng*, Bioaugmentation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons contaminated soil with Pleurotus ostreatus and Sphingobium sp. NS7 and their synergistic effect, Microbiology China, 2021, 48 (12), 4530-4540.

14.     TT Peng, XJ Xiang, YZ Feng, SY He, YC Wu, F Zhang, J Zeng*, XG Lin, Magnetic nanoparticle-mediated isolation and degradation characterization of a PCB-degrading strain, Microbiology China, 2023, 50 (9), 3371-3783.