Tong Zhang BIO:
Dr. Tong ZHANG is a Chair Professor of Environmental Engineering in Environmental Microbiome Engineering and Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Civil Engineering, at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). His researches include environmental microbiome engineering and biotechnology, environmental bioinformatics, anaerobic digestion and bioenergy from wastes/wastewater, biological wastewater treatment (N removal and P recovery), biodegradation of emerging pollutants (antibiotics, PPCP and EDCs), antibiotic and antibiotic resistance genes, etc. He has been listed as “Highly Cited Researcher” by Clarivate in 2018 (Cross Field), 2019 (Environment and Ecology), both 2020 and 2021 (Environment and Ecology; Microbiology).
Seminar abstract: Assess the risk of antimicrobial resistance genes using meta genomics methods
Antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) are widespread among bacteria in the environment. Metagenomic has been widely used to generate the profile of ARGs in the environment and study the horizontal genes transfers under different scenarios. However, not all ARGs pose serious threats to public health, highlighting the importance of identifying those that are high-risk in the environment. Omics-based framework has been proposed to assess ARG risk considering human-associated-enrichment, gene mobility, and host pathogenicity, providing an easy-to-implement approach to identify current and future antimicrobial resistance threats, with potential clinical applications including reducing risk of microbiome-based interventions.