Xin You


Xin You
PhD Researcher

Department of Environmental Microbiology
Working Group Bioavailability
Helmholtz-Centre for
Environmental Research - UFZ
Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig, Germany

Phone +49 341 235-1371

Xin You

Research interest

My current research interest includes:

The suitability of (marine) phages as biological tracers in porous media. With this aim, I use physical and biological quantification methods to reveal the changes of tracer phages during their transport in laboratory system and under field conditions.To a larger scale, I am also interested in identifying facilitating and retaining environmental factors for phage transport

The mycosphere as an environmental factor for phage transport and phage-bacteria interactions. To this end, I am particularly interested in the physico-chemical and biological interactions of (pro)phage, bacteria and the fungal mycelia at microscale (by microfluidic device) to centimeter-scale.


Intership and Bachelor/Master thesis offers 

Are you interested in my research topic? Or are you interested in one of the following technical aspects? Including:

  • Laboratory column transport experiments
  • Surface physico-chemical interaction (DLVO theory)
  • Tunable Resistive Pulse Sensing (TRPS)
  • Colony / Plaque Forming Unit enumeration (CFU for bacteria, PFU for phages)
  • Microfluidic device
  • Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR  in collaboration with Dr. René Kallies at Microbial Systems Ecology )

If you are interested in my research topic or one of those technical aspects above, please do not hesitate write me an informal email expressing your interest and introducing yourself and we will see if there would be a suitable project for you.

Current on-going bachelor thesis project:

'Quantifying phage-transport through porous media by physical and biological methods' ( co-supervising with Dr. René Kallies )

CV / Scientific Career

Since November 2017

PhD Researcher at the working group of "Bioavailability"
Dept. of Environmental Microbiology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
Topic: Phage transport and phage-mycosphere interactions


March–September 2016

Visiting Master Student
Hosted by Prof. Carlos E.P. Cerri at Soil Organic Matter Research Group
Department of Soil Science, Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (ESALQ), University of São Paulo


2013 – 2017

Master of Science
Thesis "Atmospheric methane consumption by small-scale vertical distribution of microorganisms in soil"
Institute of Soil Science and Land Evaluation
University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart


2009 – 2013

Bachelor of Engineering
Thesis "Using virus-induced gene silencing and bioinformatics to select ripening-related genes in tomato"
College of Food Science and Nutritional Engineering
China Agricultural University, Beijing