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Name: ZHU Kun
Title: PhD, Associate Professor
Dept.: CAS Key Laboratory of Microbial Physiological and Metabolic Engineering
Tel: +86-10-64806087
E-mail: zhuk@im.ac.cn
Add.: NO.1 West Beichen Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, P.R.China

Dr. Kun Zhu received his BSc and MSc in China Agricultural University. He obtained his PhD in Illinois State University in 2004. After that he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee (2005-2010).  In 2010 Dr Zhu joined the Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Research interests:
Dr. Zhu has worked on fatty acid biosynthesis in bacteria for years. Current his work focuses on increasing fatty acid production through genetic engineering, and increasing metabolite secretion through membrane fatty acid adjustment.
Awards & Honors:

2006   Best Poster Presentation Award at American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB 2006) Annual Meeting

Selected Publications and Books:

[1] Zhu K, Zhang Y-M, Rock CO. Transcriptional regulation of membrane lipid homeostasis in Escherichia coli. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 284: 34880-34888, 2009

[2] Singh A, Zhang Y-M, Zhu K, Subramanian C, Gatto C, Li Z, Jayaswal R, Wilkinson BJ. FabH selectivity for anteiso branched-chain fatty acid precursors in low temperature adaptation in Listeria monocytogenes. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 302(2): 188-192, 2009

[3] Zhang Y-M, Frank MW, Zhu K, Mayasundari A, Rock CO.  PqsD is responsible for the synthesis of DHQ, an extracellular metabolite produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosaJournal of Biological Chemistry. 283: 28788-28794, 2008

[4] Zhu K, Rock CO.  RhlA Converts b-Hydroxyacyl-Acyl Carrier Protein Intermediates in Fatty Acid Synthesis to the b-Hydroxydecanoyl-b-Hydroxydecanoate Component of Rhamnolipids in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  Journal of Bacteriology. 190(9): 3147-3154, 2008

[5] Zhang Y-M, Zhu K, Frank MW, Rock CO.  A Pseudomonas aeruginosa transcription factor that senses fatty acid structure.  Molecular Microbiology.  66:622-632, 2007

[6] Zhu K, Choi K-H, Schweizer HP, Rock CO, Zhang Y-M.  Two aerobic pathways for the formation of unsaturated fatty acids in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.  Molecular Microbiology.  60:260-273, 2006

[7] Zhu K, Ding X, Julotok M, Wilkinson BJ.  Exogenous isoleucine and fatty acid shortening ensure the high content of anteiso-C15:0 fatty acid required for low temperature growth of Listeria monocytogenes Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  71:8002-8007, 2005. 

[8] Zhu K, Bayles DO, Xiong A, Jayaswal RK, Wilkinson BJ.  Precursor and temperature modulation of fatty acid composition and growth of Listeria monocytogenes cold-sensitive mutants with transposon-interrupted branched-chain a-keto acid dehydrogenase. Microbiology.  151:615-623, 2005

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