Weidong Kong
Professor of Microbial Ecology in extreme environments
Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Building 3, Courtyard 16, Lincui Rd, Chaoyang District
Beijing 100101, China
Phone: 8610-8409 7039


September 1996-July 2000 Hebei Agricultural University, B.S. Soil Science
September 2000-July 2003 South China Agricultural University, M.S. Microbial Ecology
September 2003-July 2006 Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, CAS, Ph.D. Environmental Science


Work Experience
September 2006-July 2008: Purdue University, Postdoctoral associate
July 2008-July 2010: Miami University, Postdoctoral associate
July 2010-July 2012: University of California, San Francisco, Postdoctoral fellow and associate specialist
August 2012-current: Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, CAS, Professor


(* Corresponding author)
1. Guo GX*, Kong WD*, Liu J, Zhao J, Du HD, Zhang XZ & Xia PH (2015) Diversity and distribution of autotrophic microbial community along environmental gradients in grassland soils on the Tibetan Plateau. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (in press).
2. Dolhi JM, Teufel AG, Kong WD & Morgan-Kiss RM* (2015) Diversity and spatial distribution of autotrophic communities within and between ice-covered Antarctic lakes (McMurdo Dry Valleys). Limnology and Oceanography 60: 977-991.
3. Kong WD, Li W, Romancova I, Prasil O & Morgan-Kiss RM* (2014) An integrated study of photochemical function and expression of a key photochemical gene (psbA) in photosynthetic communities of Lake Bonney (McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica). FEMS Microbiology Ecology 89: 293-302.
4. Shen M*, Zhang G, Cong N, Wang S, Kong WD & Piao S (2014) Increasing altitudinal gradient of spring vegetation phenology during the last decade on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 189: 71-80.
5. Shen M*, Sun Z, Wang S, Zhang G, Kong WD, Chen A & Piao S (2013) No evidence of continuously advanced green-up dates in the Tibetan Plateau over the last decade. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110: E2329-E2329.
6. Lynch SV*, Goldfarb KC, Wild YK, Kong WD, De Lisle RC & Brodie EL (2013) Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator knockout mice exhibit aberrant gastrointestinal microbiota. Gut microbes 4: 41-47.
7. Kong WD, Ream DC, Priscu JC & Morgan-Kiss RM* (2012) Diversity and expression of RubisCO genes in a perennially ice-covered Antarctic lake during the polar night transition. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78: 4358-4366.
8. Kong WD, Dolhi JM, Chiuchiolo A, Priscu J & Morgan-Kiss RM* (2012) Evidence of form II RubisCO (cbbM) in a perennially ice-covered Antarctic lake. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 82: 491-500.
9. Kong WD*, Li CG, Dolhi JM, Li SY, He JZ & Qiao M* (2012) Characteristics of oxytetracycline sorption and potential bioavailability in soils with various physical-chemical properties. Chemosphere 87: 542-548.
10. Scanlan PD*, Buckling A, Kong WD, Wild Y, Lynch SV & Harrison F (2012) Gut dysbiosis in cystic fibrosis. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis 11: 454-455.
11. Schwarzer C, Fu Z, Patanwala M, Hum L, Lopez-Guzman M, Illek B, Kong WD, Lynch SV & Machen TE* (2012) Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm-associated homoserine lactone C12 rapidly activates apoptosis in airway epithelia. Cellular Microbiology 14: 698-709.
12. Bielewicz S, Bell E, Kong WD, Friedberg I, Priscu JC & Morgan-Kiss RM* (2011) Protist diversity in a permanently ice-covered Antarctic Lake during the polar night transition. ISME Journal 5: 1559-1564.
13. Kong WD & Nakatsu CH* (2010) Optimization of RNA Extraction for PCR Quantification of Aromatic Compound Degradation Genes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76: 1282-1284.
14. Li CG, Li XM, Kong WD, Wu Y & Wang JG* (2010) Effect of monoculture soybean on soil microbial community in the Northeast China. Plant and Soil 330: 423-433.
15. Kong WD, Zhu YG, Fu BJ, Han XZ, Zheng L & He JZ* (2008) Effect of long-term application of chemical fertilizers on microbial biomass and functional diversity of a black soil. Pedosphere 18: 801-808.
16. Chen XP, Kong WD, He JZ, Liu WJ, Smith SE, Smith FA & Zhu YG* (2008) Do water regimes affect iron-plaque formation and microbial communities in the rhizosphere of paddy rice? J Plant Nutr Soil Sci 171: 193-199.
17. Kong WD, Zhu YG*, Liang YC, Zhang J, Smith FA & Yang A (2007) Uptake of oxytetracycline and its phytotoxicity to alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.). Environmental Pollution 147: 187-193.
18. Kong WD, Zhu YG*, Fu BJ, Marschner P & He JZ (2006) The veterinary antibiotic oxytetracycline and Cu influence functional diversity of the soil microbial community. Environmental Pollution 143: 129-137.

Research Interests

Microbial ecology in soils and lakes
Carbon and nitrogen cycling
Global climate change



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