Short CV/Education and training

  • 1998 – 2003
    B.Sc. in Biological Sciences & B. Eng. in Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University, China

  • 2003 – 2004
    M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK (Thesis: The effects of DOC and inorganic nutrients on the viral replication decision)

  • 2004 – 2008
    Ph.D. in Microbiology, University of Bristol, UK

  • 2008 – 2011
    Postdoc, Ecology and Evolutional Biology Department, University of Arizona, USA (Topic: Environmental virology, virus-host interactions and viral (meta)genomics)

  • 2010 – 2011
    Visiting scientist, Institute of Limnology, University of Innsbruck, Austria (Topic: Global warming threatens biodiversity in (ultra)-sensitive alpine lakes)

  • 2011 – 2015
    Senior Postdoc, Institute of Groundwater Ecology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany (Topic: viral ecology in the groundwater ecosystem, and human lung)

  • 2012 – 2013
    Maternity leave

  • Since 2015
    Maternity leave

  • Since 2015
    Emmy Noether Junior Group Leader, Institute of Groundwater Ecology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany (Topic: Viral ecology)

Selected publications

  • Deng L*, Ignacio-Espinoza JS*, Gregory A, Poulos PT, Weitz JS, Hugenholtz P, Sullivan MB. (2014) Viral-tagged metagenomics reveals environmental cyanophage populations are discretely clustered, Nature 513, 242-245.

  • Deng L*, Krauss S*, Feichtmayer J, Hofmann R, Arndt H and Griebler C. (2014) Grazing of heterotrophic flagellates on viruses is driven by feeding behaviour. Environmental Microbiology Reports 6, 325-330.

  • Hurwitz B, Deng L, Poulos BP, Sullivan MB. (2013) Evaluation of methods to concentrate and purify ocean virus communities through comparative, replicated metagenomics. Environmental Microbiology 15, 1428-1440.

  • Deng L, Gregory A, Yilmaz S, Poulos B, Hugenholtz P, Sullivan MB. (2012) Contrasting life strategies of viruses that infect photo- and hetero- trophic bacteria revealed by viral-tagging. mBio 3, e00373-12. doi:10.1128/mBio.00373-12. (Recommended by Faculty 1000, 2013)

  • Duhaime MB, Deng L, Poulos BT, Sullivan MB. (2012) Towards quantitative metagenomics of wild viruses and other ultra-low concentration DNA samples: a rigorous assessment and optimization of the linker amplification method. Environmental Microbiology 14, 2526-37.

  • John SG, Mendez CB, Deng L, Poulos B, Kauffman AK, Kern SE, Brum J, Polz MF, Boyle EA, Sullivan MB. (2011) A simple and efficient method for concentration of ocean viruses by chemical flocculation. Environmental Microbiology Reports 3, 195-202.

  • Deng L and Hayes PK. (2008) Evidence for cyanophage active against bloom-forming freshwater cyanobacteria. Freshwater Biology 53, 1240-1252.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • The role of viruses in microbial contaminant biodegradation, German Research Foundation (DFG), Germany, sole PI, 2011 – 2015

  • Understanding the role of the lung microbiome for human health and diseases, Helmholtz Environmental Health project, Germany, co-PI, 2013 – 2016

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