Doctor Zhen-Zhen Yan

Zhen-Zhen Yan Dr Zhen-Zhen Yan joined HIE in January 2022 as a research fellow. Zhen-Zhen has a BSc (2013) in Horticulture from Nanjing Agricultural University, China. She obtained her MSc (2016) in Food Science and PhD (2022) in Agricultural Science from The University of Melbourne, Australia. During her PhD, Zhen-Zhen worked on understanding the factors determining the distribution patterns of environmental antibiotic resistance genes under the supervision of Dr Hang-Wei Hu, Prof. Jizheng He and Dr Qinglin Chen. Currently, Zhen-Zhen works in Soil Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions under the supervision of Prof. Brajesh Singh. Her research interests include the ecology and biogeography of microbial communities, as well as the relationships between microbial communities and human populations.

Areas of research

Environmental antibiotic resistance, environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, soil biodiversity, plant-soil microbial interactions.

Awards and recognition

  • 2021: Dr Frank Cope Scholarship for Agronomy, The University of Melbourne.
  • 2018 – 2021: Melbourne Research Scholarship, The University of Melbourne.


Liang J, Lin H, Singh B, Wang A, Yan Z, (2023) 'A global perspective on compositions, risks, and ecological genesis of antibiotic resistance genes in biofilters of drinking water treatment plants', Water Research, vol.233, Article no.119822

Singh BK, Yan Z-Z, Whittaker M, Vargas R, Abdelfattah A, (2023) 'Soil microbiomes must be explicitly included in One Health policy', Nature Microbiology, vol.8, no.8, pp 1367-1372

Chen QL, Hu HW, Yan ZZ, Zhu YG, He JZ, Delgado-Baquerizo M, (2022) ‘Cross-biome antibiotic resistance decays after millions of years of soil development’, The ISME Journal. doi:10.1038/s41396-022-01225-8

Chen QL, Hu HW, Yan ZZ, Li CY, Nguyen BAT, Sun AQ, Zhu YG, He JZ, (2021) ‘Deterministic selection dominates microbial community assembly in termite mounds’, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, vol.152, Article108073

Chen QL, Hu HW, Yan ZZ, Li CY, Nguyen BAT, Zheng Y, Zhu YG, He JZ, (2021) ‘Termite mounds reduce soil microbial diversity by filtering rare microbial taxa’, Environmental Microbiology, vol. 23, pp. 2659-2668

Chen QL, Hu HW, Yan ZZ, Li CY, Nguyen BAT, Zhu YG, He JZ, (2021) ‘Precipitation increases the abundance of fungal plant pathogens in Eucalyptus phyllosphere’, Environmental Microbiology, vol. 23, pp.7688-7700

Li CY, Hu HW, Chen QL, Yan ZZ, Nguyen BAT, Chen DL, He JZ, (2021) ‘Niche specialization of comammox Nitrospira clade A in terrestrial ecosystems’, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, vol.156, Article108231

Nguyen BAT, Chen QL, Yan ZZ, Li CY, He JZ, Hu HW, (2021) ‘Distinct factors drive the diversity and composition of protistan consumers and phototrophs in natural soil ecosystems’, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, vol. 160, Article108317

Yan ZZ, Chen QL, Li CY, Nguyen BAT, Hu HW, (2021) ‘Contrasting ecological processes shape the Eucalyptus phyllosphere bacterial and fungal community assemblies’, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment, vol.1, pp 73-83

Yan ZZ, Chen QL, Li CY, Nguyen BAT, Zhu YG, He JZ, Hu HW, (2021) ‘Biotic and abiotic factors distinctly drive contrasting biogeographic patterns between phyllosphere and soil resistomes in natural ecosystems’, ISME Communications, vol.1, Article 13

Yan ZZ, Chen QL, Li CY, Nguyen BAT, Zhu YG, He JZ, Hu HW, (2021) ‘Termite mound formation reduces the abundance and diversity of soil resistomes’, Environmental Microbiology, vol. 23, pp. 7761-7670

Chen QL, Ding J, Li CY, Yan ZZ, He JZ, Hu HW, (2020) ‘Microbial functional attributes, rather than taxonomic attributes, drive top soil respiration, nitrification and denitrification processes’, Science of The Total Environment, vol.734, Article139479

Chen QL, Hu HW, Zhu D, Ding J, Yan ZZ, He JZ, Zhu YG, (2020) ‘Host identity determines plant associated resistomes’, Environmental Pollution, vol.258, Article113709

He JZ, Yan ZZ, Chen QL, (2020) ‘Transmission of antibiotic resistance genes in agroecosystems: an overview’ Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering, vol.7, pp.329-332

Yan ZZ, Chen QL, Zhang YJ, He JZ, Hu HW, (2020) ‘Industrial development as a key factor explaining variances in soil and grass phyllosphere microbiomes in urban green spaces’, Environmental Pollution, vol. 261, Article 114201

Yan ZZ, Chen QL, Zhang YJ, He JZ, Hu HW, (2019) Antibiotic resistance in urban green spaces mirrors the pattern of industrial distribution. Environmental International, vol.132, Article 105106