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Name:Xianghui Qi 
Professor,PhD. & M.Sc Supervisor
Address:School of Food & Biological Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 China

2016-2017 Yale University, Exchanging Research
2015-2016 University of California, Los Angeles, Visiting Professor
2009-2011 Nanjing University of Technology, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Postdoc
2003-2006 Guangxi University, State Key Laboratory for Conservation & Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources, Microbiology, PhD.


Professional Experience
2016-Present Professor, PhD Supervisor, Jiangsu University
2013-2014 The government of Jingkou District of Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, General manager Assistant of Sinograin (Zhenjiang), China
2010-2016 Associate Prof. Master Supervisor, Jiangsu University
2007-2010 Lecturer, Jiangsu University
1998-2000 Environmental Protection Bureau of Yuanshi, Hebei Province, China


Scientific Research Field
(1) Biosynthesis, manufacture, function and application of functional sugar (alcohols);
(2) Food microbial Fermentation engineering, Pathway engineering & Biosynthesis;
(3) Enzyme engineering, Bio-catalysis & Biotransformation.

Biosynthesis of high-value-added food, food additives and medicines using five/six-carbon sugars, glycerol, or biomass as substrate, such as functional sugars/alcohols. Recently, mainly working on D-arabitol, xylitol, D-tagatose, D-allose, 1,3-propanediol, 3-hydroxypropionic acid, 2,3-butanediol and other high value-added foods (additives) and medicines: Screening, identification and development of functional/engineering microorganisms, Discovery of novel enzymes, Directed evolution and rational design of enzymes, Metabolic pathways engineering, Microbial omics and metabolic regulation, Biotransformation synthesis, Fermentation engineering, Molecular mechanism of biosynthesis, etc.; Application and development of high value-added food additives, functional food, medicines and other related products; Rapid detection and evaluation of food-borne microorganism.

***Excellent PhDs (Age≤35), especially with microbial biosynthesis background, are warmly welcome to apply for Postdoctoral positions in our lab! Postgraduate students with Synthetic biology, Microbiology and Genetic engineering are also welcome to our lab for PhD Study!***


Social academic post and honor
Member: Chinese Association of Biological Engineering; Editor in Chief: Canadian Journal of Applied Sciences, Editorial Board: International Journal of Food Science and Biotechnology, Biotechnology Frontier; Bentham Ambassadors; Reviewer: Protein Cell(IF=7.6), Crit Rev Biotechnol(IF=7.0), J Clean Prod(IF=6.4),J Ind Eng Chem(IF=5.0),Cancer Sci(IF=4.8), J Agr Food Chem(IF=3.6), LWT-Food Sci Technol(IF=3.7), Microbiol Res(IF=3.7), Enzyme Microb Tech(IF=3.6),, Molecular Catalysis(IF=2.9),Environ Sci Pollut R(IF=2.9), Biotechnol Lett,Appl Biochem Biotech, J Biosci Bioeng,Mol Biotechnol,Appl Biol Chem,BioResources,Folia Microbiol,Chem Pap, etc.; Evaluation experts for the “National Key R & D Program of China”, “National Natural Science Foundation of China” and "High-tech Enterprises in Jiangsu Province”.


Teaching Courses
Microbiology, Enzyme engineering, Genetic engineering, Biochemical engineering, etc.


Published papers
More than 100 papers have been published, among of them, over 40 papers (First author/Corresponding author)  including Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (IF=10.556), Bioresource Technology (IF=6.667), Journal of Cleaner Production (IF=6.395), Science Bulletin (IF=6.277), Food Chemistry (IF=5.339), Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (IF=3.571), etc. are published in SCI/EI journals. Among of them, 16 papers’ Quartiles are JCR Q1. The total IF: more than 120; IF>10: 2 papers; IF>6: 10 papers; Top h-index: 9 papers. Besides, 3 English and 1 Chinese Book Chapters have already been published by famous Press of Springer Nature and Elsevier, etc.

Part Representative Articles:
[1]Hossain M. Zabed, Suely Akter, Junhua Yun, Guoyan Zhang, Yufei Zhang, Xianghui Qi*. Biogas from microalgae: Technologies, challenges and opportunities. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2020, 117: 109503. doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2019.109503. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q1, IF=10.556)
[2]Mostafa E. Elshobary, Atef M. Abo-Shady, Hanan M. Khairy, Dorya Essa, Hossain M. Zabed, Xianghui Qi*. Abd El-Fatah Abomohra. Influence of nutrient supplementation and starvation conditions on the biomass and lipid productivities of Micractinium reisseri grown in wastewater for biodiesel production. Journal of Environmental Management, 2019, 250: 109529. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2019, 109529. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q2, IF=4.865)
[3]XiaLiu#, XianghuiQi#, SongZhu, BoJiang, SongGao, YifengZhang, HonglingWang, ShuminXu, YifeiLiu, YingfengAn. Embedding inulin fructotransferase from Arthrobacter aurescens into novel curdlan-based mesoporous silica microspheres for efficient production of Difructose Anhydride III. Food Chemistry, 2019, 299: 125128. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2019.125128. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q1, IF=5.399)
[4]Hossain M. Zabed, Yufei Zhang, Qi Guo, Junhua Yun, Miaomiao Yang, Guoyan Zhang, Xianghui Qi*. Co-biosynthesis of 3-hydroxypropionic acid and 1,3-propanediol by a newly isolated Lactobacillus reuteri strain during whole cell biotransformation of glycerol, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2019, 226: 432-442. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.04.071. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q1, IF=6.395)
[5]Miaomiao Yang, Yingfeng An, Hossain M. Zabed, Qi Guo, Junhua Yun, Guoyan Zhang, Faisal N. Awad, Wenjing Sun, Xianghui Qi*. Random mutagenesis of Clostridium butyricum strain and optimization of biosynthesis process for enhanced production of 1,3-propanediol. Bioresource Technology, 2019, 284: 188-196. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2019.03.098. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q1, IF=6.669)
[6]Zabed, Hossain M., Suely Akter, Junhua Yun, Guoyan Zhang, Faisal N. Awad, Xianghui Qi*, and J. N. Sahu. Recent advances in biological pretreatment of microalgae and lignocellulosic biomass for biofuel production. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2019, 105: 105-128. doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2019.01.048. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q1, IF=10.556, , Top h-index)
[7]Fokum, Ernest, Hossain M. Zabed, Qi Guo, Junhua Yun, Miaomiao Yang, Hao Pang, Yingfeng An, Wen Li, Xianghui Qi*. Metabolic engineering of bacterial strains using CRISPR/Cas9 systems for biosynthesis of value-added products. Food Bioscience. 2019, 28: 125-132. doi: 10.1016/j.fbio.2019.01.003. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q3, IF=3.22)
[8]Guoyan Zhang, Yingfeng An, H. Zabed, Qi Guo, Jiao Yuan, Wenjing Sun, Xianghui Qi*.  Bacillus subtilis Spore Surface Display Technology: A Review of its Development and Applications. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 2019, 29: 179-190. doi: 10.4014/jmb.1807.06066. (SCI,JCR Q2, CAS Q4, IF=1.975)
[9]Qi Guo, H. Zabed, Huanhuan Zhang, Xu Wang, JunhuaYun, Guoyan Zhang, MiaomiaoYang, Wenjing Sun, Xianghui Qi*. Optimization of fermentation medium for a newly isolated yeast strain (Zygosaccharomyces rouxii JM-C46) and evaluation of factors affecting biosynthesis of D-arabitol. LWT-Food Science and Technology, 2019, 99: 319-327. doi:10.1016/j.lwt.2018.09.086. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q2, IF=3.714)
[10]Wen Li, Zhicheng Zhou, Jiaxiang Huang, Guoyan Zhang, Faisal N. Awad, Radhika Chandankere, Qi Guo*, Xianghui Qi*. Screening and Identification of Lactic Acid Bacteria with D-tagatose Production Capability. Biotechnology Journal International, 2019, 23: 1-6. doi: 10.9734/BJI/2019/v23i230074.
[11]Herui Gao#, Xianghui Qi#, Darren J. Hart, Song Gao, Hongling Wang, Shumin Xu, Yifeng Zhang, Xia Liu, Yifei Liu, Yingfeng An. Three Novel Escherichia coli Vectors for Convenient and Efficient Molecular Biological Manipulations. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2018, 66, 6123−6131. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.8b01960. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q1, IF=3.571)
[12]Huanhuan Zhang, Junhua Yun, H. Zabed, Miaomiao Yang, Guoyan Zhang, Yilin Qi, Qi Guo, Xianghui Qi*. Production of xylitol by expressing xylitol dehydrogenase and alcohol dehydrogenase from Gluconobacter thailandicus and co-biotransformation of whole cells. Bioresource Technology, 2018, 257:223-228. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2018.02.095. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q1, IF=6.669)
[13]Tinashe AM, H. Zabed, Miaomiao Yang, Junhua Yun, Huanhuan Zhang, Xianghui Qi*. Improvement of industrially important microbial strains by genome shuffling: Current status and future prospects. Bioresource Technology, 2018, 257:281-289, doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2018.02.118. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q1, IF=6.669)
[14]Miaomiao Yang, Junhua Yun, Huanhuan Zhang, Guoyan Zhang, Hossain Zabed, Xianghui Qi*. The bottlenecks and modification strategies of 1,3-propanediol biosynthesis from glycerol. Chinese Journal of Biotechnology, 2018, 34(7): 1069-1080. doi: 10.13345/j.cjb.170516. (PubMed)
[15]Miaomiao Yang, Junhua Yun, Huanhuan Zhang, Tinashe A. Magocha, Hossin Zabed, Yanbo Xue, Ernest Fokum, Wenjing Sun, Xianghui Qi*. Genetically Engineered Strains: Application and Advances for 1,3-Propanediol Production from Glycerol, Food Technology and Biotechnology, 2018.56(1): 3-15. doi: 10.17113/ftb. (SCI,JCR Q2, CAS Q3, IF=1.517)
[16]Junhua Yun, Miaomiao Yang, Tinashe A Magocha, Huanhuan Zhang, Yanbo Xue, Guoyan Zhang, Xianghui Qi*, Wenjing Sun. Production of 1,3-propanediol using a novel 1,3-propanediol dehydrogenase from isolated Clostridium butyricum and co-biotransformation of whole cells. Bioresource Technology, 2018, 247:838-843. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.09.180. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q1, IF=6.669, Top h-index)
[17]Qi Guo,Yingfeng An, Junhua Yun; Miaomiao Yang, Tinashe A Magocha, Jingfei Zhu, Yanbo Xue, Yilin Qi, Zabed Hossain, Wenjing Sun, Xianghui Qi*. Enhanced D-tagatose production by spore surface-displayed L-arabinose isomerase from isolated Lactobacillus brevis PC16 and biotransformation. Bioresource Technology, 2018,247:940-946. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2017.09.187.  (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q1, IF=6.669, Top h-index)
[18]Xianghui Qi*, Huanhuan Zhang, Tinashe Archbold Magocha, Yingfeng An, Junhua Yun, Miaomiao Yang, Yanbo Xue, Shuhua Liang, Wenjing Sun, Zheng Cao. Improved xylitol production by expressing a novel D-arabitol dehydrogenase from isolated Gluconobacter sp. JX-05 and co-biotransformation of whole cells. Bioresource Technology, 2017, 235: 50-58. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.03.107. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q1, IF=6.669, Top h-index)
[19]Song Gao#, Xianghui Qi#, Darren J. Hart, Herui Gao, Yingfeng An, Expression and Characterization of Levansucrase from Clostridium acetobutylicum. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2017, 65 (4), 867–871. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.6b05165. (SCI,JCR Q1, CAS Q1, IF=3.571)
[20]Yilin Qi, Huanhuan Zhang†, Junhua Yun†, Miaomiao Yang, Guoyan Zhang, Yanbo Xue, Xuexia Bai, Xianghui Qi*, Yanqin Liu, Longxian Ran. Biosynthesis of Xylitol from Glucose: Microorganism, Key Enzymes and Genetically Engineered Strains. American Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, 2017,5(5): 104-107. doi: 10.11648/
[21]Xianghui Qi*, Jing-Fei Zhu, Jun-Hua Yun, Jing Lin, Yi-Lin Qi, Qi Guo, Hong Xu. Enhanced xylitol production: Expression of xylitol dehydrogenase from Gluconobacter oxydans and mixed culture of resting cell. Journal of Bioscience & Bioengineering, 2016, 122 (3): 257-262. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiosc.2016.02.009. (SCI,JCR Q2, CAS Q3, IF=2.24, Top h-index)
[22]Xianghui Qi*, Junhua Yun, Yilin Qi, Huanhuan Zhang, Fei Wang, Qi Guo, Zheng Cao. Expression and Characterization of a Novel 1,3-Propanediol Dehydrogenase from Lactobacillus brevis. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2016, 179:959–972. doi: 10.1007/s12010-016-2043-6. (SCI,JCR Q2, CAS Q3, IF=2.14)
[23]Xianghui Qi*, Yan Luo, Xu Wang, Jingfei Zhu, Jing Lin, Huanhuan Zhang, Fang Chen, Wenjing Sun. Enhanced D-arabitol production by Zygosaccharomyces rouxii JM-C46: isolation of strains and process of repeated-batch fermentation. Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology, 2015, 42:807-812. doi: 10.1007/s10295-015-1603-z. (SCI,JCR Q2, CAS Q2, IF=3.103, Top h-index)
[24]Xianghui Qi*, Xu Wang, Jing Lin, Jingfei Zhu, Yan Luo, Wenying Deng, Fei Wang, Wenjing Sun, Jianzong Meng. Microbial and Enzymatic Process for Production of Xylitol from D-glucose. Current Organic Chemistry, 2014, 18(24):3131-3135. doi: 10.2174/138527281824150119095755. (SCI,JCR Q2, CAS Q2, IF=2.193)
[25]Xianghui Qi*, Wenying Deng, Fei Wang, Qi Guo, Huayou Chen, Liang Wang, Xiang He, Ribo Huang. Molecular Cloning, Co-expression, and Characterization of Glycerol Dehydratase and 1,3-Propanediol Dehydrogenase from Citrobacter freundii. Molecular Biotechnology,2013, 54(2):469-74. doi: 10.1007/s12033-012-9585-9. (SCI,JCR Q2, CAS Q4, IF=2.275)
[26]Xianghui Qi*, Qi Guo, Yuotuo Wei, Hong Xu, Ribo Huang. Enhancement of pH stability and activity of glycerol dehydratase from Klebsiella pneumoniae by rational design. Biotechnology Letters, 2012, 34:339-346. doi: 10.1007/s10529-011-0775-5. (SCI,JCR Q2, CAS Q3, IF=2.154, Top h-index)
[27]Xianghui Qi, Yunlai Chen, Ke Jiang, Wenpu Zuo, Zhaofei Luo, Yutuo Wei, Liqin Du, Hang Wei, Ribo Huang*, Qishi Du. Saturation-mutagenesis in two positions distant from active site of a Klebsiella pneumoniae glycerol dehydratase identifies some highly active mutants. Journal of Biotechnology, 2009, 144: 43-50. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiotec.2009.06.015.(SCI,JCR Q2, CAS Q2, IF=3.163, Top h-index)


[1]Applications of nano-biotechnology for sustainable water purification. Industrial Applications of Nanomaterials Edited. Elsevier, 2019. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-815749-7.00011-6.
[2]Anaerobic digestion of microalgae biomass for methane production, Springer Nature, 2019. doi:10.1007/978-981-13-2264-8_16.
[3]An overview on the application of ligninolytic microorganisms and enzymes for biological pretreatment of biomass, Springer Nature, 2018. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-1307-3.
[4] Book Chapter: Trehalose-a novel sugar in the new century, 2010, Chemical Industry Press of China


Main Scientific Research Projects
High-level talent of “Six Talent Peaks in Jiangsu Province”; Scientific Chinese person of the year 2018 nominee in the field of environment and textile; Presided and currently presiding 1 projects of National Key R & D Program of China, 5 projects of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, 1 project of “863” subtask, and more than 10 projects of provincial, municipal and other foundations; and 4 national-level, 4 provincial-level and many school-level novelty projects for Undergraduate; and 1 provincial innovation project for postgraduate.

Mainly presiding projects (Principal Investigator):
[1] National Key R & D Program of China(2017YFC1600806): Food microorganisms.
[2]National Natural Science Foundation of China (31972042)Molecular Mechanism and Metabolic Engineering Modification of Zygosaccharomyces rouxii about D-Arabitol Fermentation from Glucose
[3] National Natural Science Foundation of China (31571806): Molecular Mechanism of 1,3-Propanediol Tolerance in Clostridium butyricum.
[4] National Natural Science Foundation of China (31950410550):Development of robust Lactobacillus reuteri cell factory for glycerol metabolism and biosynthesis of 3-hydroxypropionic acid through duel metabolic routes.
[5] High-level talents project of ‘Six Talent Peaks in Jiangsu Province’ (SWYY-018): Development of novel immobilized L-arabinose isomerase and biosynthesis of D-tagatose.
[6] Chinese Postdoctoral Special Foundation (2019T120402): D-tagatose’s biosynthesis.
[7] Chinese Postdoctoral Foundation (2017M621657): Displaying of L-AI for producing D-tagatose.
[8] National Natural Science Foundation of China (31571885): Function and regulation mechanism of 2-keto gluconate transporter in Pseudomonas sp.
[7] Project of R & D program: Comprehensive utilization and development of pentose and hexose

Mainly completed projects (Principal Investigator):
[1] National Natural Science Foundation of China: Molecular Catalytic Mechanism and Modification of Glycerol Dehydratase from Metagenome;
[2] Subproject of National High-Tech R&D Program of China (863): Novel immobilized enzyme catalyst and biosynthesis of propionic acid;
[3] National Natural Science Foundation of China: Polyglutamic acid, PGA, biosynthesis and metabolic pathway engineering;
[4] Postdoctoral Foundation of Jiangsu Province: Gene cloning, expression and the 3D structure of novel glycerol dehydratase;
[5] Science and Technology Development Project: Biosynthesis of xylitol from cassava starch by genetically engineered strain;
[6] Funding of Jiangsu University for high-level talents: Function and structure relations of novel modified glycerol dehydratase;
[7] Cooperation project of enterprise: Application and development of functional microbes;
[8] National Program on Key Basic Research Project (973 Program) (sub-task): The basic research of cell plant using Bacillus;
[9] Subproject of National High Technology R&D Program of China (863): Production of α-amylase with high-temperature & acid tolerance by fermentation for industrialization;
[10] National Program on Key Basic Research Project (973 Program) (sub-task): Metabolic modification of Thermophilic anaerobic bacteria and the research of cellulase;
[11] National undergraduate Innovation Project: Isolation and identification of 1.3-propandiol- tolerance strains and biotransformation;
[12] National undergraduate Innovation Project: Xylitol production: engineering strain with novel xylitol dehydrogenase and D-arabitol dehydrogenase from metagenome and biotransformation;
[13] National undergraduate Innovation Project: Novel xylose isomerase from metagenome for producing bio-ethanol;
[14] Project of Jiangsu Province for undergraduate Innovation: Cloning, expression and molecular modification of xylose isomerase gene from metagenome;


Recently patents (First Author):
[1] A novel genetically engineered strain and method for producing 1,3-propanediol by mixed biotransformation using whole cells, 2018, 201810005295.X.
[2] A novel immobilized enzyme catalyst of L-arabinose isomerase and method for biosynthesis of D-tagatose, 2017, 201711395868.6.
[3] A new method for producing xylitol by genetically engineered strain and its mixed transformation, 2015, ZL 201210209060.
[4] A novel genetically engineered strain and method for producing 1,3-propanediol, 2016, ZL 201410051175.5.
[5] A new strain of Zygosaccharomyces rouxii for producing D-arabitol and its application, 201410337503.8 .


Scientific Research Achievements and Awards
[1] 2019 Outstanding undergraduate thesis of Jiangsu Province (Supervisor), First Prize (1/1);
[2] 2018 Outstanding postgraduate thesis of Jiangsu University instructor (1/1);
[3] 2017 Outstanding undergraduate thesis of Jiangsu Province (Supervisor), Second Prize (1/1)
[4] 2016 Outstanding scientific papers of Zhenjiang, Second prize (1/7);
[5] 2015 Outstanding undergraduate thesis of Jiangsu Province (Supervisor), Second Prize (1/1)
[6] 2014 and 2015 3 postgraduate students for National Scholarship of Graduate (Supervisor);
[7] 2014 Outstanding scientific papers of Zhenjiang, Third prize (1/5);
[8] 2013 Outstanding postgraduate thesis of Jiangsu University instructor (1/1).


Number of postgraduates under supervision
Research Scientist: Zabed H;
Postdocs: Faisal NA, Radhika C, Mostafa E, Amreesh P, Yuvaraj R, Poorna C;
PhD students: Saboor A, Ernest B, Junhua Yun (Cherry), Suely, Xiaolan Li (Fairy), David OW;
Postgraduate students: Guoyan Zhang (Iris), Jiao Yuan (Teixeira), Yufei Zhang (Fizz), Yang Wang (Yang W), Jiaqi Huang (Bessie), Haotian Guo (Steve), Yuan Dou (Joanne);
Undergraduate students: Wen Li, Zhicheng Zhou, Jiaxing Huang, Yi Duan, Songlin Song, Jingyi Wang.


Number of supervised masters and Ph.D.
10: Tinashe A.M., Miaomiao Yang (Amy), Huanhuan Zhang (Sunny), Junhua Yun (Cherry), Jingfei Zhu, Yan Luo, Xu Wang, Jing Lin, Fei Wang, Wenying Deng.


Number of supervised undergraduates
2-6 students per year


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Nov. 07, 2019

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