- Ph.D. Marine Microbiology and Microbial Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
- M.S. Marine Chemistry, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao China
- B.S. Chemistry, Qingdao University, Qingdao China
- Microbial Ecology
Course Summary: The course covers a numbergeneral aspects of microbial ecology, including analytical methods,biogeochemical cycling of C, N, P and other essential elements, microbialcommunities and their roles in the marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments.
- Marine Biology
Course Summary: To learn general knowledgeabout marine environments and organisms that live there. At the end of thecourse students are expected to be (1) familiar with marine organisms and theecological interactions occur within major types of marine environments, (2)gain experience in interpretation and synthesis through participation in thediscussion of scientific papers and the writing of research paper summaries,(3) have awareness of the importance of world's oceans, including as homes fornumerous lives, sources of food, major suppliers of oxygen and regulator ofglobal climate.
- ST: Ecological Genomics
CourseSummary: This course aims to provide advanced undergraduate andgraduate material on ecological genomics of soil and aquatic microbes andemphasizes on integration of genomics concepts into microbial ecology andbiogeochemistry. At the end of the course students are expected to be (1)familiar with principles and concepts in ecological genomics and (2) gainexperience in analyzing and interpreting genomic, metagenomic andmetatranscriptomic data.
- General Microbiology
CourseSummary: This course serves as a major's level introductory course for studentsto obtain necessary background to support their further education inmicrobiology and other related fields, such as environmental science andmedicine. At the end of the course, students are expected to (1)gain an understanding of the broad diversity ofmicroorganisms, (2)To understand how microbial cells function, (3) understandhow microorganisms interact with their environment (4) understand the role ofmicroorganisms in human society including benefits and disease, and (5) develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
- Individual Investigation
Course Summary: Undergraduates of biology can perform individual investigation in projects related to microbial ecology and environmental microbiology under the advising of Dr. Mou. Students should contact their Dr. Mou for information and discuss potential research projects. Students may then enroll in BSCI 20196 (Introduction to Individual Investigation) or 40196 (Individual Investigation)
Research in Mou lab focuses on linking bacterial phylogeny with their metabolic functions in natural aquatic environments. This direct linkage is important to understand fundamental questions in an ecological/environmental context, such as the role of bacteria in biogeochemical cycling of essential nutrients, e.g., carbon, nitrogen and sulfur. Experimental matagenomics coupled with bioinformatics are employed as the core approach to simultaneously identify the taxonomic diversity, genetic capability, and metabolic activity of selected taxonomic and functional groups of aquatic bacteria. Other advanced molecular biology techniques, such as T-RFLP, DGGE, qPCR, RT-PCR, CARD-FISH, and flow cytometry (FACS), and cultivation-based studies, such as whole genome micorarray,, are also regularly employed..Specific research interests and ongoing projects in Mou Lab include:
- Bacterial transformation of dissolved organic nitrogen (polyamines) in marine and freshwater environments.
- Bacterially mediated N removal (denitrification and anammox) in marine and fresheater environments.
- Role of heterotrohpic bacteria in detoxifying cyanotoxins synthesized during cyanobacterial harmful Algal Blooms (CyanoHABs) in Lake Erie and other inland freshwater lakes.
- Ecological genomics of individual bacterial taxa in marine systems.
- Linkage of biogeochemical cycling of organic carbon and nitrogen between terriestrial and aquatic ecosystems
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Roresky, RS, Sun S, Mou X and Moran MA. Metatranscriptomics of bacteria over a diel cycle and during transformation of algal- and plant-derived dissolved organic carbon in a coastal ecosystem. In review.
Mou X, Sun S, Rayapati P, Moran MA. Microarray-based analysis of polyamine transport and metabolism in the model marine Bbacterium Silicibacter pomeroyi. In review.
Edmonds JW, Westonl NB, Joye SB, Mou X, Moran MA. Microbial Community Response to Seawater Amendment in Low-Salinity Tidal Sediments. In press.
Mou X, Sun SL, Edwards R, Hodson RE and Moran MA. 2008. Generalist species dominate bacterial carbon processing in the coastal ocean. Nature 451:708-711.doi:10.1038/nature06513
Mou X, Hodson RE and Moran MA. 2007. Bacterioplankton assemblages transforming dissolved organic compounds in coastal seawater. Environmental Microbiology. 9: 2025- 2037. doi:10.1111/j.1462-2920.2007.01318.x.
Mou X, Moran MA, Stepanauskas R, Gonzales JM and Hodson RE. 2005. Culture-independent identification of bacterioplankton involved in DMSP transformations by flow cytometric cell sorting and subsequent molecular analysis. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 71:1405-1416.
Zhao W, Song J, Li P and Mou X. 2002. Vertical transfer processes of nitrogen and phorosphous in the Zhubi reef in Nansha, South China Sea. Progress in Natural Science. 12(2): 212-214.
Zhao W, Song JM and Mou X. 2001. Cooperation model of nutrition processes in coral reef ecosystem. Bulletin of national science foundation of China. 15: 32-35.
Mou X, Fan X and Han L. 2000. Reviews of research on auxins in algae. Studia Marina Sinica 00:40-45.
Sui X, Han Y, Qiao S and Mou X, 1999, Study on the extraction and isolation of Ginkgolide from Ginkgo Biloba leaves. China Food Additives, 2: 25-28
- Ecological roles of microbial organisms in the global cycling of essential nutrients
- Phylogenetic and metabolic diversity of bacterial communities in aquatic ecosystems
- Metagenomics and metatranscriptomics in aquatic ecosystems
OFFICEDepartment of Biological Sciences
Center for Ecology and Natural Resources Sustainability
CONTACT INFOPhone: 330-672-3625
COURSES TEACHINGSpring 2013
- BSCI 40196 - 022 Individual Investigation
- BSCI 40363 - 001 Microbial Ecology
- BSCI 40600 - 011 Writing In Biological Sciences
- BSCI 50363 - 001 Microbial Ecology
- BSCI 60198 - 009 Research
- BSCI 60299 - 006 Thesis Ii
- BSCI 70363 - 001 Microbial Ecology
- BSCI 80198 - 013 Research
- BSCI 80299 - 013 Dissertation Ii
- BSCI 40195 - 043 St : Ecological Genomics
- BSCI 50195 - 043 St : Ecological Genomics
- BSCI 60198 - 015 Research
- BSCI 60299 - 018 Thesis Ii
- BSCI 70195 - 043 St : Ecological Genomics
- BSCI 80198 - 018 Research
- BSCI 80199 - 012 Dissertation I
- BSCI 80299 - 013 Dissertation Ii
- BSCI 80198 - 017 Research
- BSCI 80199 - 007 Dissertation I
- BSCI 80299 - 012 Dissertation Ii