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CHEN Yufei
Research Assistant Professor


Dr. Chen is currently a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). Her research interests mainly focus on organic biogeochemistry, the application of biomarkers in different environments, and the investigation on the mechanism of tetraether lipid distribution in the environment by combining interdisciplinary methods. As the first author and co-author, she published papers in SCI journals including Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Chemical Geology and Organic Geochemistry.

Educational Background

2015-2019: Tongji University, Marine Science, Ph.D. 

2012-2015: Tongji University, Marine Biology, M.S.

2008-2012: Shandong University, Chemistry, B.S.

Professional Experience

2022-Present: Southern University of Science and Technology, Research Assistant Professor

2020-2022: Southern University of Science and Technology, Postdoctoral Fellow


1. Chen Y.#, Zheng F.#, Yang H.#, Yang W., Wu R., Liu X., Liang H., Chen H., Pei H., Zhang C., Pancost R. D. and Zeng Z.* (2022) The production of diverse brGDGTs by an Acidobacterium providing a physiological basis for paleoclimate proxies. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 337, 155–165.

2. Chen Y., Chen H., Zeng Z.* (2022) Biosynthetic pathways of GDGTs in archaea and bacteria and their biogeochemical implications. Acta Microbiologica Sinica 62(12), 4700–4712. (in Chinese)

3. Yang W., Chen H., Chen Y., Chen A., Feng X., Zhao B., Zheng F., Fang H., Zhang C. and Zeng Z.* (2022) Thermophilic archaeon orchestrates temporal expression of GDGT ring synthases in response to temperature and acidity stress. Environmental Microbiology 1–13. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.16301.

4. Zeng Z.*, Chen H., Yang H., Chen Y., Yang W., Feng X., Pei H. and Welander P. V.* (2022) Identification of a protein responsible for the synthesis of archaeal membrane-spanning GDGT lipids. Nature Communications 13, 1545.

5. Chen S., Tao J., Chen Y., Wang W., Fan L.* and Zhang C.* (2022) Interactions Between Marine Group II Archaea and Phytoplankton Revealed by Population Correlations in the Northern Coast of South China Sea. Frontiers in Microbiology 12:785532.

6. Zheng F., Chen Y., Xie W., Chen S., Liu H., Phelps T. J. and Zhang C.* (2019) Diverse biological sources of core and intact polar isoprenoid GDGTs in terrace soils from southwest of China: Implications for their use as environmental proxies. Chemical Geology 522, 108–120.

7. Chen Y., Zheng F., Chen S., Liu H., Phelps T. J. and Zhang C.* (2018) Branched GDGT production at elevated temperatures in anaerobic soil microcosm incubations. Organic Geochemistry 117, 12–21.

8. Chen Y., Zhang C.*, Jia C., Zheng F. and Zhu C.* (2016) Tracking the signals of living archaea: A multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) method for detection of trace amounts of intact polar lipids from the natural environment. Organic Geochemistry 97, 1–4.

9. Feyhl-Buska J., Chen Y., Jia C., Wang J.-X., Zhang C. L. and Boyd E. S.* (2016) Influence of Growth Phase, pH, and Temperature on the Abundance and Composition of Tetraether Lipids in the Thermoacidophile Picrophilus torridus. Frontiers in Microbiology 7:1323.