PhD, PI

   Associate Professor in Soil Microbial Ecology


   Address: B409,School of Agriculture and Biology,

                  Shanghai Jiao Tong University




PhD in Environmental Ecology, 2010, University of Helsinki

Master in Genetics, 2006, Northeast Forestry University

Bachelor in Biosciences, 2003, Northeast Forestry University


>>Working experiences

2019-present, Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

2017-2019, Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki

2013-2017, Research Fellow, University of Helsinki

2010-2013, Project Manager, Lahti Science and Business Park Ltd, Finland.


>>Description of research and teaching

I am the PI of Hui Lab at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Our research interests cover a wide range of ecosystems and research topics in ecology and environmental sciences. Microbial ecology occupies an important part of our research activities. Our research mainly focuses on microbiota and their functional traits in soil, compost and human microbiome. Our research interests cover the impacts of environmental pollution and land-use change on microbial communities and their functional traits. Our recent works involve microplastics, composting, ectomycorrhizal fungi and human health associated microbiota. Hui Lab has long-term collaboration with international scholars from University of Helsinki, Kansas State University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, etc. I am also co-operating projects with several enterprises, which have led to mutual benefits, e.g. sludge treatment and soil remediation.

A lion share of my teaching activities goes to courses of Soil Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Ecology at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Supervision of PhD candidate and pro graduate theses is also a crucial part of my daily work. I also hold a title of docent at the University of Helsinki, which motivated me in organizing international study programs together partner organizations.


>>Selected publications

  1. Chang Zhao, Xinxin Liu, Haoxin Tan, Yucheng Bian, Muhammad Khalid, Aki Sinkkonen, Ari Jumpponen, Saeed ur Rahman, Baoming Du, Nan Hui*. 2024. Urbanization influences the indoor transfer of airborne antibiotic resistance genes, which has a seasonally dependent pattern. Environment International, 185, 108545. IF 11.8
  2. Bangxiao Zheng#, Lantian Su#, Nan Hui*, Ari Jumpponen, Ari Jumpponen, D. Johan Kotze, Changyi Lu, Richard Pouyat, Katalin Szlavecz, David A. Wardle, Ian Yesilonis, Heikki Setälä. 2024. Urbanisation shapes microbial community composition and functional attributes more so than vegetation type in urban greenspaces across climatic zones. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 191, 109352. IF 9.7
  3. Chang Zhao, Xinxin Liu, Haoxin Tan, Shan Yin, Lantian Su, Baoming Du, Muhammad Khalid, Aki Sinkkonen, Nan Hui*. 2024. Neighborhood garden's age shapes phyllosphere microbiota associated with respiratory diseases in cold seasons. Environmental Science & Ecotechnology, 14, 100315. IF 12.6
  4. Xiaoxiao Li, Xinxin Liu, Junren Zhang, Fu Chen, Muhammad Khalid, Jieqi Ye, Martin Romantschuk, Nan Hui*. 2024. Hydrolase and plastic-degrading microbiota explain degradation of polyethylene terephthalate microplastics during high-temperature composting, Bioresource Technology, 393, 130108. IF 11.2
  5. Muhammad Khalid#, Saeed ur Rahman#, Xinxin Liu*, Asad Rehman, Ari Jumpponen, D. Johan Kotze, Heikki Setälä, Nan Hui*. 2024. Exploring the impact of urbanization and vegetation type on fungal communities: Insights into divergent, mycorrhizal, and saprophytic associations driven by climate patterns. Catena, 238, 107860. IF 6.2
  6. Xiaoxiao Li, Xiaoyan Qi, Xinxin Liu*, Muhammad Khalid, Jieqi Ye, Martin Romantschuk, Fu Chen, Yinfeng Hua, Nan Hui*. 2023. PET addition delays the composting mature process and promotes microbiota associated with plastic degradation in plastisphere. Journal of Cleaner Production, 389, 136066. IF 11.1
  7. Muhammad Khalid#, Xinxin Liu#, Bangxiao Zheng, Lantian Su, D. Johan Kotze, Heikki Setälä, Mehran Ali, Asad Rehman, Saeed-ur- Rahman, Nan Hui*. 2023. Distinct climatic regions drive antibiotic resistance genes dynamics across public parks and pristine soil ecosystems. Journal of Cleaner Production, 409, 137275. IF 11.1
  8. Muhammad Khalid, Xinxin Liu, Saeed ur Rahman, Asad Rehman, Chang Zhao, Xiaoxiao Li, Bian Yucheng, Nan Hui*. 2023. Responses of microbial communities in rhizocompartments of king grass to phytoremediation of cadmium-contaminated soil. Science of The Total Environment, 904, 167226. IF 9.8
  9. Xiaoyan Qi, Xiaoxiao Li, Wenlong Yue, Chao-Fan Yin, Ying Xu, Nan Hui*, Ning-Yi Zhou*. 2023. Composting-based degradation of poly (ethylene terephthalate) microplastics and its enhancement with exogenous PET hydrolase supplementation. Environmental Technology & Innovation, 32, 103347. IF 7.2
  10. Haoxin Tan, Xinxin Liu, Shan Yin, Chang Zhao, Lantian Su, Xiaoxiao Li, Muhammad Khalid, Heikki Setälä, Nan Hui*. 2022. Soil microbiota associated with immune-mediated disease was influenced by heavy metal stress in roadside soils of Shanghai. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 438, 129338. IF 13.6
  11. Haoxin Tan, Xinxin Liu, Shan Yin, Chang Zhao, Lantian Su, Xiaoxiao Li, Muhammad Khalid, Heikki Setälä, Nan Hui*. 2022. Immune-mediated disease associated microbial community responded to PAH stress in phyllosphere of roadside greenspaces in Shanghai. Environment Pollution, 292:118379. IF 8.9
  12. Muhammad Khalid, Haoxin Tan, Mehran Ali, Asad Rehman, Xinxin Liu, Lantian Su, Saeed-ur-Rahman, Chang Zhao, Xiaoxiao Li, Nan Hui*. 2022. Karst rocky desertification diverged the soil residing and the active ectomycorrhizal fungal communities thereby fostering distinctive extramatrical mycelia. Science of The Total Environment, 807, 151016. IF 9.8
  13. Muhammad Khalid, Saeed-UR-Rahman, Haoxin Tan, Lantian Su, Pei Zhou*, Nan Hui*. 2022. Mutualistic fungus Piriformospora indica modulates phytoremediation property of host plant via concerted action of enzymatic and non-enzymatic biochemicals. Pedosphere, 32(2): 256–267. IF 5.8
  14. Xinxin Liu, Xiaoxiao Li, Yinfeng Hua, Aki Sinkkonen, Martin Romantschuk, Yanfang Lv, Qian Wu and Nan Hui*. 2022. Meat and bone meal stimulates microbial diversity and suppresses plant pathogens in asparagus straw composting. Frontiers in Microbiology, 13, 953783. IF 5.2
  15. Gaia Francini, Nan Hui*, Ari Jumpponen, D. Johan Kotze, Heikki Setälä. 2021. Vegetation type and age matter: How to optimize the provision of ecosystem services in urban parks. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 66, 127392. IF 6.4
  16. Muhammad Khalid#, Baoming Du#, Haoxin Tan, Xinxin Liu, Lantian Su, Saeed-ur Rahman, Mehran Ali, Chunjiang Liu, Ningxiao Sun, Nan Hui*. 2021. Phosphorus elevation erodes ectomycorrhizal community diversity and induces divergence of saprophytic community composition between vegetation types. Science of The Total Environment, 793, 148502. IF 9.8
  17. Muhammad Khalid, Mehran Ali, Saeed-UR-Rahman, Danial Hassani, Abdur Raul, Farooq Jan, Nan Hui*. 2021. Salicylic acid mediated protection of Brassica campestris sp. chinensis from saline stress via SA receptor NPR1 dependent transcriptional regulation and biosynthesis of related biochemicals. 2021. Environmental Technology & Innovation 24, 101950. IF 7.2
  18. Xiaoxiao Li, Nan Hui*, Yongjun Yang, Jing Ma, Zhanbin Luo and Fu Chen*. 2021. Short-term effects of land consolidation of dryland-to-paddy conversion on soil CO2 flux. Journal of Environmental Management 292, 112691. IF 8.7
  19. Muhammad Khalid, Saeed-UR-Rahman, Danial Hassani, Kashif Hayat, Pei Zhou*, Nan Hui*. 2021. Advances in fungal-assisted phytoremediation of heavy metals: A review. Pedosphere, 31(3): 475–495, 2021. IF 5.8 
  20. Anirudra Parajuli#, Nan Hui#, Riikka Puhakka, Sami Oikarinen, Mira Grönroos, Ville A.O. Selonen, Nathan Siter, Lenka Kramna, Marja I. Roslund, Heli K. Vari, Noora Nurminen, Hanna Honkanen, Jukka Hintikka, Hannu Sarkkinen, Martin Romantschuk, Markku Kauppi, Raisa Valve, Ondřej Cinek, Olli H. Laitinen, Juho Rajaniemi, Heikki Hyöty, Aki Sinkkonen*. 2020. Yard vegetation is associated with gut microbiota composition. Science of The Total Environment, 713, 136707. IF 9.8
  21. Lijuan Yan, Nan Hui*, Suvi Simpanen, Laura Tudeer, Martin Romantschuk. 2020. Simulation of microbial response to accidental diesel spills in basins containing brackish sea water and sediment. 2020. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11, 593232. IF 5.2
  22. Nan Hui#, Anirudra Parajuli#, Riikka Puhakka, Mira Grönroos, Marja I. Roslund, Heli K. Vari, Ville A. O. Selonen, Nathan Siter, Noora Nurminen, Sami Oikarinen, Olli H. Laitinen, Juho Rajaniemi, Heikki Hyöty, Aki Sinkkonen. 2019. Temporal variation in indoor transfer of dirt-associated environmental bacteria in agricultural and urban areas. Environment International, 132, 105069. IF 11.8
  23. Nan Hui#, Ningxiao Sun#, Hongmei Du, Muhammad Umair, Hongzhang Kang, Xinxin Liu, Martin Romantschuk, Chunjiang Liu*. 2019. Karst rocky desertification does not erode ectomycorrhizal fungal species richness but alters microbial community structure. Plant and Soil, 445: 383-396. IF 4.9
  24. Nan Hui, Mira Grönroos, Marja I. Roslund, Anirudra Parajuli, Heli K. Vari, Laura Soininen, Olli H. Laitinen, Aki Sinkkonen. 2019. Diverse environmental microbiota as a tool to augment biodiversity in urban landscaping materials. Frontiers in Microbiology, 10:536. IF 5.2
  25. Nan Hui, Xinxin Liu*, Ari Jumpponen, Heikki Setälä, D. Johan Kotze, Lilly Biktasheva, Martin Romantschuk. 2018. Over twenty years farmland reforestation decreases fungal diversity of soils, but stimulates the return of ectomycorrhizal fungal communities. Plant and Soil 427, 231–244. IF 4.9
  26. Gaia Francini*, Nan Hui*, Ari Jumpponen, D. Johan Kotze, Martin Romantschuk, John Allen, Heikki Setälä. 2018. Soil biota in boreal urban greenspace: responses to plant type and age. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 118:145-155. IF 9.7
  27. Nan Hui*, Ari Jumpponen, Gaia Francini, D. Johan Kotze, Xinxin Liu X*, Martin Romantschuk, Rauni Strömmer and Heikki Setälä. 2017. Soil microbial communities are shaped by vegetation type and park age in cities under cold climate. Environmental Microbiology 19, 1281-1295. IF 5.1
  28. Nan Hui*#, Xin Liu#, D. Johan Kotze, Ari Jumpponen, Gaia Francini, Heikki Setälä. 2017. Ectomycorrhizal fungal communities in urban parks are similar to those in natural forests but shaped by vegetation and park age. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 83, e01797-17. IF 4.4
  29. Xinxin Liu, Changlin Hui, Lianzhu Bi, Martin Romantschuk, Merja Kontro, Rauni Strömmer, Nan Hui*. 2016. Bacterial community structure in atrazine treated reforested farmland in Wuying China. Applied Soil Ecology, 98, 39–46. IF 4.8
  30. Nan Hui*, Ari Jumpponen, Tuula Niskanen, Kare Liimatainen, Kenneth L. Jones, Teija Koivula, Martin Romantschuk, Rauni Strömmer. 2011. ECM fungal community structure, but not diversity, altered in Pb contaminated shooting range in a boreal coniferous forest site in Southern Finland. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 76, 121–132. IF 4.2

*represents corresponding author; # authors contributed equally.

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