Dr. Chang Ding

Contact / Address:

Phone: +49 341 6025 2487

Office: Building 1.0, Room 113


Curriculum Vitae

2018- Scientist, UFZ
2015-2018 Postdoc Humboldt Research Fellowship, UFZ
2014-2015 Research fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore
2014 Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Thesis title: Isolation and characterization of novel bacterial strains that detoxify polybrominated diphenyl ethers and chlorinated alkanes
Advisor: Associate Professor Dr. Jianzhong He
2008 Bachelor of Engineering, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering (now School of Environment), Tsinghua University, Beijing, China


My research focuses on anaerobic/anoxic microbial processes that have environmental relevence. The aim is to understand the mechanisms controlling the behaviors of the responsible microorganisms and their interaction with the environment, so as to harness them for contaminant removal. To achieve that, a combination of techniques including anaerobic cultivation, physiological characterization, biochemical assays, proteomics, and digitally controlled reactors are utilized.

For details please refer to our group page.


  1. Zhao S., Rogers M.J., Ding C., Xu G., He J. (2024):
    Interspecies mobility of organohalide respiration gene clusters enables genetic bioaugmentation
    Environmental Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.3c09171
  2. Bonatelli, M.L., Rohwerder, T., Popp, D., Liu, Y., Akay, C., Schultz, C., Liao, K.-P., Ding, C., Reemtsma, T., Adrian, L., Kleinsteuber, S. (2023):
    Recently evolved combination of unique sulfatase and amidase genes enables bacterial degradation of the wastewater micropollutant acesulfame worldwide
    Frontiers in Microbiology. 14, 1223838
  3. Ude E.O., Haas J., Kayoum M.K., Ding C.*, Adrian L. (2023):
    Effects of reducing, stabilizing, and antibiotic agents on “Candidatus Kuenenia stuttgartiensis”
    Applied Microbialogy and Biotechnology. 107, 1829-1843
  4. Reino C., Ding C.*, Adrian L. (2023):
    Continuous cultivation of Dehalococcoides mccartyi with brominated tyrosine avoids toxic byproducts and gives tight reactor control
    Water Research. 229, 119396
  5. Zhao S., Ding C., Xu G., Rogers M.J. Ramaswamy R., He J. (2022):
    Diversity of organohalide respiring bacteria and reductive dehalogenases that detoxify polybrominated diphenyl ethers in E-waste recycling sites
    The ISME Journal. 16 (9), 2123-2131
  6. Zhao S., Rogers M., Cao L., Ding C., He J. (2021):
    Identification of reductive dehalogenases that mediate complete debromination of penta- and tetrabrominated diphenyl ethers in Dehalococcoides spp.
    Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 87 (17), e00602-21
  7. Budhraja R., Karande S., Ding C., Ullrich M.K., Wagner S., Reemtsma T., Adrian L. (2021):
    Characterization of membrane-bound metalloproteins in the anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing bacterium “Candidatus Kuenenia stuttgartiensis” strain CSTR1
    Talanta. 223, 121711
  8. Ding C.*, Adrian L. (2020):
    Comparative genomics in “Candidatus Kuenenia stuttgartiensis” reveal high genomic plasticity in the overall genome structure, CRISPR loci and surface proteins
    BMC Genomics. 21, 851
  9. Ding C., Rogers M.J., He J. (2020):
    Dehalococcoides mccartyi strain GEO12 has a natural tolerance to chloroform inhibition
    Environmental Science & Technology. 54 (14), 8750–8759
  10. Ding C.*, Adrian L., Peng Y., He J.* (2020):
    16S rRNA gene-based primer pair showed high specificity and quantification accuracy in detecting freshwater Brocadiales anammox bacteria
    FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 96 (3), fiaa013
  11. Budhraja R., Ding C., Walter P., Wagner S., Reemtsma T., Sawers, G.R., Adrian L. (2019):
    The impact of species, respiration type, growth phase and genetic inventory on absolute metal content of intact bacterial cells
    Metallomics, 11, 925-935
  12. Ding C.*, Enyi F.O., Adrian L., (2018):
    Anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) with planktonic cells in a redox-stable semicontinuous stirred-tank reactor
    Environmental Science & Technology. 52 (10), 5671-5681.
  13. Ding C., Alvarez-Cohen L., He J. (2018):
    Growth of Dehalococcoides mccartyi species in an autotrophic consortium producing limited acetate
    Biodegradation, 29(5), 487-498.
  14. Zhao S., Rogers M.J., Ding C., He J. (2018):
    Reductive debromination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers - microbes, pathways and dehalogenase
    Frontiers in Microbiology.
    9, 1292.
  15. Wang Q., Ding C., Tao G., He J. (2018):
    Analysis of enhanced nitrogen removal mechanisms in a validation wastewater treatment plant containing anammox bacteria
    Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 103, 1255–1265
  16. Ding C., Rogers M.J., Yang K.-L., He J. (2017):
    Loss of the ssrA genome island led to partial debromination in the PBDE respiring Dehalococcoides mccartyi strain GY50
    Environmental Microbiology. 19 (7), 2906 - 2915
  17. Zhao S., Ding C., He J. (2017):
    Genomic characterization of Dehalococcoides mccartyi strain 11a5 reveals a circular extrachromosomal genetic element and a new tetrachloroethene reductive dehalogenase gene
    FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 93 (4), fiw235
  18. Ding C., Yang K.-L., He J. (2016):
    Biological and fermentative production of hydrogen
    In: Luque, R., Lin, C.S.K., Wilson, K., Clark, J., (eds.)
    Handbook of biofuels production: processes and technologies (Second edition)
    Woodhead Publishing series in energy 98
    Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge, p. 303 - 333
  19. Zhao S., Ding C., He J. (2015):
    Detoxification of 1,1,2-trichloroethane to ethene by Desulfitobacterium and identification of its functional reductase gene
    PLoS ONE 10 (4), e0119507
  20. Ding C., Zhao S., He J. (2014):                                
    A Desulfitobacterium sp. strain PR reductively dechlorinates both 1,1,1-trichloroethane and chloroform
    Environmental Microbiology. 16 (11), 3387-3397
  21. Ding C., Chow W.L., He J. (2013):
    Isolation of Acetobacterium sp. strain AG that reductively debrominates octa- and penta- brominated diphenyl ether technical mixtures
    Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 79 (4), 1110-1117
  22. Ding C., He J. (2012):
    Molecular techniques in the biotechnological fight against halogenated compounds in anoxic environments
    Microbial Biotechnology 5 (3), 347-367
  23. Lee L.K., Ding C., Yang K.-L., He J. (2011):
    Complete debromination of tetra- and penta- brominated diphenyl ethers by a coculture consisting of Dehalococcoides and Desulfovibrio species
    Environmental Science & Technology. 45 (19), 8475-8482
  24. Ning D., Wang H., Ding C., Lu H. (2010):
    Novel evidence of cytochrome P450-catalyzed oxidation of phenanthrene in Phanerochaete chrysosporium under ligninolytic conditions
    Biodegradation. 21 (6), 889-901
  25. Ding C., He J. (2010):
    Effect of antibiotics in the environment on microbial populations
    Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 87 (3), 925-941