Dr. Chang Ding

Contact / Address:

Phone: +49 (0) 341 235 1412

Office: Building 4.0, Room 401


Curriculum Vitae

2018- Research Fellow, UFZ
2015-2018 Postdoc Humboldt Research Fellowship, UFZ
2014-2015 Research fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore
2014 Ph.D., National University of Singapore, Singapore
2008 Bachelor of Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China


My research focuses on biodegradation of xenobiotics in natural environment by microorganisms, anaerobic/anoxic microbial processes including organohalide respiration and anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox), as well as production of value-added products by microbes


  1. Ding, C., Rogers, M. J., He, J. (2020):
    Dehalococcoides mccartyi strain GEO12 has a natural tolerance to chloroform inhibition.
    Environmental Science & Technology. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.0c00993
  2. 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. doi:10.1093/femsec/fiaa013
  3. Budhraja, R., Ding, C., Walter, P., Wagner, S., Reemtsma, T., Gary Sawers, 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
  4. Ding, C.*, Francis, E. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Ding, C., He, J., (2012):
    Molecular techniques in the biotechnological fight against halogenated compounds in anoxic environments
    Microbial Biotechnology 5 (3), 347-367
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Ding, C., He, J., (2010):
    Effect of antibiotics in the environment on microbial populations
    Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 87 (3), 925-941