Microbiology and molecular evolution.
Phone: (707) 826-5554
Office: Science B 324E
Email: jz15 at humboldt.edu
BA (1988) Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University
MS (1991) Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University
PhD (2001) Univ. of Tennessee Health Science Center
Principles of Biology
Summary of research
My research goal is to lead a laboratory for the study of bacterial endosymbionts in tick vectors of human and animal diseases. I
will focus first on studying prevalence, tick tissue localization, and host fitness consequences of bacterial endosymbiotic species
in ticks in the Humboldt County. My long-term goal is to study bacterial gene expressions that are essential for maintenance and
survival strategies of the symbionts in ticks by high throughput approaches, such as microarray and proteomic arrays. The overall
research aims to improve detection of tick-borne pathogens and control tick-borne diseases in the future.
Zhong J., Jasinskas A., and Barbour A.G. Antibiotic Treatment of the Tick Vector Amblyomma americanum Reduced Reproductive Fitness. PLoS ONE. 2007 May; 2:e405.
- Jasinskas A., Zhong J., and Barbour A. G. Highly prevalent Coxiella sp. bacterium in the tick vector Amblyomma americanum. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2007 Jan; 73(1): 334-336.
- Zhong J.,Skouloubris S, Dai Q, Myllykallio H, and Barbour AG. Function and evolution of plasmid-borne genes for pyrimidine
biosynthesis in Borrelia spp. J Bacteriol. 2006 Feb;188(3):909-18.
Zhong J. and Barbour AG. Cross-species Hybridization of a Borrelia burgdorferi DNA Array Reveals Infection- and Culture-associated
Genes of the Unsequenced Genome of the Relapsing Fever Agent Borrelia hermsii. Mol Microbiol 2004; 51(3):729-48.
Putteet-Driver AD, Zhong J., Barbour AG. Transgenic Expression of RecA of the Spirochetes Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia hermsii
in Escherichia coli Revealed Differences in DNA Repair and Recombination Phenotypes. J Bacteriol. 2004; 186(8):2266-74.
Zhong J., Douglas AL, and Hatch TP. Characterization of Integration Host Factor (IHF) Binding Upstream of the Cysteine-Rich Protein
operon (omcAB) Promoter of Chlamydia trachomatis LGV Serovar L2. Mol Microbiol. 2001; 41: 451-62.
Current Grad Students:
Maryam Alowaysi, James Bodnar, and Taylor Howe
Former Grad Students: