2016 Belfort Lecture

May 11, 2016 - May 13, 2015

Belfort Lecture

Lecturer: Dr. Liping Zhao

Professor Liping Zhao got his PhD in 1989 from Nanjing Agricultural University and worked in Cornell University as visiting scholar from 1993-1995. He is currently Distinguished Professor for Microbiology and the director of the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Ecogenomics in School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is the director of the Laboratory of Nutritional Systems Biology in Shanghai Center for Systems Biomedicine. He is also the director the SJTU-Perfect (China) Joint Research Center on Microbiota and Health. He has served as a Board member of the International Society for Microbial Ecology from 2006-2012. He is a current editorial board member of FEMS Microbiology Ecology, Journal of Molecular Medicine, and a senior editor of the ISME (International Society for Microbial Ecology) Journal. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2014.

His team has been applying molecular and genomic tools for systems understanding and predictive manipulation of the complex microbial communities in human and animal guts. They have published more than 30 research papers in PNAS, Nature Communications, ISME Journal, AEM, FEMS Microbiology Ecology etc. He also published reviews in Nature Reviews Microbiology, Journal of Proteome Research, Molecular Aspects of Medicine etc. He has been invited to give keynote and plenary talks in ASM general conference, ISME conference etc. His current focus is the interactions between nutrition and gut microbiota in onset and progression of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes, and how diet, traditional Chinese medicine and medicinal foods may modulate this relationship for achieving preventive healthcare. June, 2012, the Science magazine featured a story on how he combines traditional Chinese medicine and gut microbiota study to understand and fight obesity (Science 336: 1248).


Ali Keshavarzian, “Gut microbiota and circadian rhythms”

Devin Rose, “The role of whole grains and dietary fibers in gut health”

Bruce Hamaker, “The prospect of designing fibers for gut health”

Joe Kokini, “Advances in starch extrusion”