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Zhou elected to International Academic Academy

Grant and Award Announcement

University of Oklahoma

Jizhong Zhou


Jizhong Zhou, Ph.D.

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Jizhong Zhou, Ph.D., George Lynn Cross Research Professor and Presidential Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Oklahoma, has been elected to Academia Europaea, or The Academy of Europe, as one of the 365 eminent scholars elected in 2024. This honor is another on a long list of accolades for Zhou, one of OU’s most prominent scientists, demonstrating his international reputation.

“Dr. Zhou’s election to Academia Europaea is further evidence of his research impact,” said OU Vice President for Research and Partnerships Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, Ph.D. “Again and again, Dr. Zhou proves that his work is an exemplar of the groundbreaking research happening at the University of Oklahoma.”

Zhou’s extensive body of research includes work in microbiology, environmental sciences and theoretical ecology. He has pioneered advances in experimental and computational metagenomic technologies aimed at addressing ecological and environmental questions. His work in the elucidation and modeling of microbial feedback mechanisms in response to climate change is groundbreaking. He is recognized as one of the leading scientists in the field of ecology and evolution. He ranks among the top 0.1% of the world’s most highly cited researchers and is the only microbiologist among the 2021 Reuters List of World’s Top 1000 Climate Scientists.

Since joining OU in 2005, Zhou has won numerous awards and accolades. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science in 2023 and has won: the International Society for Microbial Ecology and International Water Association’s 2022 grand prize BioCluster Award for internationally recognized water research, the Soil Science Society of America’s 2022 Soil Science Research Award, the 2019 American Society of Microbiology Award for Environmental Research, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award in 2014 and R&D 100 Award as one of 100 most innovative scientific and technological breakthroughs in 2009. He was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2001. 

In addition to his research, Zhou serves as co-editor-in-chief of mLife and associate editor for Microbiome and Environmental Microbiome, formal senior editors for ISME J and mBio, and is a regular participant in many committees in the field. He is an adjunct senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division of Earth and Environmental Sciences. 

Zhou earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hunan Agricultural University in Changsha, China, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Washington State University.

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