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Prof Liping Zhao got his PhD in 1989 from Nanjing Agricultural University and worked in Cornell University as visiting scholar from 1993-1995. He was a Board member of the International Society for Microbial Ecology from 2006-2012. He was executive director for Shanghai Center for Systems Biomedicine from 2004-2009.
He is currently a professor in microbiology at School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is also the leader for the functional metagenomics platform in Shanghai Center for Systems Biomedicine. He is a senior editor for ISME Journal, the official journal of the International Society for Microbial Ecology, published by Nature Publishing Group.
His team is one of the first in China to apply 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 papers in PNAS，ISME Journal，AEM，FEMS Microbiology Ecology etc.