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ZHENG Guomao
Associate Professor

Basic Introduction:

Dr. Guomao Zheng received his doctoral degree in Environmental Chemistry at Peking University in 2018, then extended my expertise in the field of Environmental Health during a postdoctoral fellowship at Indiana University. Dr. Zheng joined School of Environmental Science and Engineering at SUSTech in 2021. Dr. Zheng is an environmental chemist, committed to applying cutting-edge mass spectrometry to study human exposure to emerging contaminants and how they impact people. His research interests include emerging contaminants, human exposure, metabolic toxicity, and high-resolution mass spectrometry-based metabolomics. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed papers in top-quality journals, including PNAS, Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Science & Technology Letters and Environmental International. Dr. Zheng received the Best Ph.D Dissertation awarded by Peking University and Environmental Science and Innovation Scholarships by Foundation of Tang Xiaoyan in 2018.

Website: https://faculty.sustech.edu.cn/zhenggm/en/


Professional Experience:

2022-present, Associate Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

2021-2022, Assistant Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, China

2018-2021, Postdoctoral Associate, Indiana University, USA


2012-2018, Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry, Peking University, China

2008-2012, B.S. in Environmental Science, Sun-Yet-Sen University, China

Synergistic Activities:

Dr. Zheng serves as a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals in the field of environmental science, including Environmental Science & Technology、Environmental International、Environmental Science and Pollution Research、International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health、Toxics、Marine Pollution Bulletin, etc.

Honors and Awards:

1. 2018, The Best Ph.D. Dissertation, titled “In vitro metabolic behaviours and bioaccumulation assessment of toxic chemicals”, awarded by Peking University.

2. 2018,       First Prize for Environmental Science and Innovation Scholarships, awarded by Foundation of Tang Xiaoyan.

3. 2016 and 2017, Ph.D. President Scholarship (the highest award for Ph.D. students), twice awarded by Peking University.

4. 2017, Travel award, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Minneapolis, USA.

5. 2016, the Best Poster Presentation award, Korea-China Symposium on Environmental Health & Ecotoxicology, Seoul, Korea.

6. 2015, the Best Oral Presentation award, Graduate Students Academy Symposium on Environmental Science, Guangzhou, China.

Research Interests:

1. Human exposure

2. Metabolic toxicity 

3. High-resolution mass spectrometry-based metabolomics

Published Works:

1. Zheng, G.; Schreder, E.; Sathyanarayana, S.; Salamova, A.*, The first detection of quaternary ammonium compounds in breast milk Implications for early-life exposure. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology. 2022.

2. Zheng, G., Melo, L., Chakraborty, R., E.Klaunig, J., Salamova, A.*, Biotransformation of 2, 4, 6-tris (2, 4, 6-tribromophenoxy)-1, 3, 5-triazine (TTBP-TAZ) can contribute to high levels of 2, 4, 6-tribromophenol (2, 4, 6-TBP) in humans. Environment International, 2022, 158, 106943.

3. Jordan-Ward, R.; von Hippel, F. A.*; Zheng, G.; Salamova, A.; Dillon, D.; Gologergen, J.; Immingan, T.; Dominguez, E.; Miller, P.; Carpenter, D.; Postlethwait, J. H.; Byrne, S.; Buck, C. L., Elevated mercury and PCB concentrations in Dolly Varden (Salvelinus malma) collected near a formerly used defense site on Sivuqaq, Alaska. Science of Total Environment, 2022, 826, 154067.

4. Babayev, M.; Capozzi, S. L.; Miller, P.; McLaughlin, K. R.; Medina, S. S.; Byrne, S.; Zheng, G.; Salamova, A.*, PFAS in drinking water and serum of the people of a southeast Alaska community: A pilot study. Environment Pollution, 2022, 305, 119246.

5. Zheng, G., Webster, T., Salamova, A.*, Quaternary Ammonium Compounds: Bioaccumulation Potentials in Humans and Levels in Blood before and during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Environmental Science & Technology, 2021, 55, 14689–14698.

6. Zheng, G.; Schreder, E.; Jennifer, D.; Nancy, U.; Valerie, C.; Gabe, A.; Sheela, S.; Salamova, A.*, Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in breast milk: Concerning trends for current-use PFAS. Environmental Science & Technology, 2021, 55, 11, 7510–7520. Written up by more than 20 press including The Guardian, Yahoo, C&EN etc.

7. Zheng, G.; Schreder, E.; Jennifer, D.; Nancy, U.; Valerie, C.; Gabe, A.; Sheela, S.; Salamova, A.*, Organophosphate esters and their metabolites in breast milk from the United States: Breastfeeding is an important exposure pathway for infants. Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 2021, 8, 224-230.

8. Zheng, G., Filippelli, G., Salamova, A.*, Increased Indoor Exposure to Commonly Used Disinfectants during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Environmental Science & Technology Letters 2020, 7, 760–765. Written up by C&EN and featured by the Most Read article by ES&T Letters.

9. Zheng, G., and Salamova, A.*, Are melamine and its derivatives the alternatives for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) fabric treatments in infant clothes? Environmental Science & Technology 2020, 54, 10207–10216.

10. Zheng, G.; Boor, B. E.; Schreder, E.; Salamova, A.*, Indoor exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the childcare environment. Environmental Pollution 2020, 258, 113714.

11. Zheng, G.; Miller, P.; von Hippel, F. A.; Buck, C. L.; Carpenter, D. O.; Salamova, A.*, Legacy and emerging semi-volatile organic compounds in sentinel fish from an arctic formerly used defense site in Alaska. Environmental Pollution 2020, 259, 113872.

12. Zheng, G.; Boor, B. E.; Schreder, E.; Salamova, A.*, Exposure to melamine and its derivatives in childcare facilities. Chemosphere 2020, 244, 125505.

13. Zheng, G.; Wan, Y.*; Shi, S. N.; Zhao, H. Q.; Gao, S. X.; Zhang, S. Y.; An, L. H.; Zhang, Z. B., Trophodynamics of emerging brominated flame retardants in the aquatic food web of Lake Taihu: Relationship with organism metabolism across trophic levels. Environmental Science & Technology 2018, 52, 4632-4640.

14. Wang, C.; Li, Y.; Zheng, G.; Zhang, S. Y.; Wan, Y.; Hu, J. Y.*, Adverse effects of triclosan and binary mixtures with 17 beta-Estradiol on testicular development and reproduction in Japanese Medaka (Oryzias latipes) at environmentally relevant concentrations. Environmental Science & Technology Letters 2018, 5, 136.

15. Fan, S. R.; Liu, H.; Zheng, G.; Wang, Y. L.; Wang, S. R.; Liu, Y.; Liu, X. Q.; Wan, Y.*, Differences in phytoaccumulation of organic pollutants in freshwater submerged and emergent plants. Environmental Pollution 2018, 241, 247-253.

16. Ashrap, P.#; Zheng, G.# (contribute equally); Wan, Y.*; Li, T.; Hu, W. X.; Li, W. J.; Zhang, H.; Zhang, Z. B.; Hu, J. Y.*, Discovery of a widespread metabolic pathway within and among phenolic xenobiotics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2017, 114, 6062-6067.

17. Zheng, G.; Wan, Y.*; Hu, J. Y., Intrinsic clearance of xenobiotic chemicals by liver microsomes: Assessment of trophic magnification potentials. Environmental Science & Technology 2016, 50, 6343-6353.

18. Sun, J. X.; Wang, C.; Peng, H.; Zheng, G.; Zhang, S. Y.; Hu, J. Y.*, p,p '-DDE Induces gonadal Intersex in Japanese Medaka (Oryzias latipes) at environmentally relevant concentrations: Comparison with o,p '-DDT. Environmental Science & Technology 2016, 50, 462-469.

19. Wang, B. L.; Wan, Y.*; Zheng, G.; Hu, J. Y., Evaluating a tap water contamination incident attributed to oil Contamination by nontargeted screening strategies. Environmental Science & Technology 2016, 50, 2956-2963.

20. Gao, S. X.; Wan, Y.*; Zheng, G.; Luo, K.; Kannan, K.; Giesy, J. P.; Lam, M. H. W.; Hu, J. Y., Organobromine compound profiling in human adipose: Assessment of sources of bromophenol. Environmental Pollution 2015, 204, 81-89.

21. Wang, B. L.; Wan, Y.*; Gao, Y. X.; Zheng, G.; Yang, M.; Wu, S.; Hu, J. Y., Occurrences and behaviors of naphthenic acids in a petroleum refinery wastewater treatment plant. Environmental Science & Technology 2015, 49, 5796-5804.

22. Tang, L.; Tang, Y. T.*; Zheng, G.; Zhang, G. H.; Liu, W. S.; Qiu, R. L.*, Spatial heterogeneity effects of Zn/Cd-contaminated soil on the removal efficiency by the hyperaccumulator Sedum alfredii. Journal of Soils and Sediments 2014, 14, 948-954.