Skip to content
Qiang He

Qiang He

Associate Professor


Biological treatment processes

Water and wastewater quality

Environmental microbiology

Renewable energy


Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering (2003), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MS in Biological and Agricultural Engineering (2000), Kansas State University

BS in Biochemical Engineering (1993), East China University of Science and Technology


Chen, S., and Q. He. 2015. Enrichment and specific quantification ofMethanocalculus in anaerobic digestion. J. Biosci. Bioeng. In press. Abstract

Chen, S., and Q. He. 2015. Persistence of Methanosaeta populations in anaerobic digestion during process instability. J. Ind. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 42(8): 1129-1137. Abstract

Zhang, Z., H. Li, J. Hu, X. Li, Q. He, G. Tian, H. Wang, S. Wang, and B. Wang. 2015. Do microorganism stoichiometric alterations affect carbon sequestration in paddy soil subjected to phosphorus input? Ecol. Appl. 25(3): 866-879. Abstract

Chen, S., Z. Zhu, J. Park, Z. Zhang, and Q. He. 2014. Development ofMethanoculleus–specific real-time quantitative PCR assay for assessing methanogen communities in anaerobic digestion. J. Appl. Microbiol. 116(6): 1474-1481. Abstract

Zhang, Z., J. Shen, H. Wang, M. Liu, L. Wu, F. Ping, Q. He, H. Li, C. Zheng, and X. Xu. 2014. Attenuation of veterinary antibiotics in full-scale vermicomposting of swine manure via the housefly larvae (Musca domestica). Sci. Rep. 4: 6844. Abstract

Bowers, B. F., B. Huang, Q. He, X. Shu, X. Jia, and B. C. Miller. 2014. Investigation of sequential dissolution of asphalt binder in common solvents by FTIR and binder fractionation. J. Mater. Civ. Eng.: 04014233. Abstract

Nie, Q., C. Zhou, X. Shu, Q. He, and B. Huang. 2014. Chemical, mechanical, and durability properties of concrete with local mineral admixtures under sulfate environment in Northwest China. Materials 7(5): 3772-3785. Abstract

Li, H., J. Hu, Z. Zhang, H. Wang, F. Ping, C. Zheng, H. Zhang, and Q. He. 2014. Insight into the effect of hydrogenation on efficiency of hydrothermal liquefaction and physico-chemical properties of biocrude oil. Bioresour. Technol.163: 143-151. Abstract

Wang, H., H. Li, Z. Zhang, J. D. Muehlbauer, Q. He, X. Xu, C. Yue, and D. Jiang. 2014. Linking stoichiometric homeostasis of microorganisms with soil phosphorus dynamics in wetlands subjected to microcosm warming. PLoS ONE 9(1): e85575. Abstract

Liu, M., Z. Zhang, Q. He, H. Wang, X. Li, and J. Schoer. 2014. Exogenous phosphorus inputs alter complexity of soil-dissolved organic carbon in agricultural riparian wetlands. Chemosphere 95: 572-580. Abstract

Zhang, Y., and Q. He. 2013. Characterization of bacterial diversity in drinking water by pyrosequencing. Water Sci. Technol.: Water Supply 13(2): 358-367. Abstract

Zhang, Z., J. Li, H. Li, H. Wang, J. Zhu, and Q. He. 2013. Dynamic formation of zeolite synthesized from fly ash by alkaline hydrothermal conversion. Waste Manage. Res. 31(11): 1160-1169. Abstract

Wan, X.-F., J. L. Barnett, F. Cunningham, S. Chen, G. Yang, S. Nash, L.-P. Long, L. Ford, S. Blackmon, Y. Zhang, L. Hanson, and Q. He. 2013. Detection of African swine fever virus-like sequences in ponds in the Mississippi Delta through metagenomic sequencing. Virus Genes 46(3): 441-446. Abstract

Xu, C., R. Huang, L. Teng, D. Wang, C. L. Hemme, I. Borovok, Q. He, R. Lamed, E. A. Bayer, J. Zhou, and J. Xu. 2013. Structure and regulation of the cellulose degradome in Clostridium cellulolyticum. Biotechnol. Biofuels 6: 73. Abstract

Jiang, H.-L., Q. He, Z. He, C. L. Hemme, L. Wu, and J. Zhou. 2013. Continuous cellulosic bioethanol fermentation by cyclic fed-batch co-cultivation. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79(5): 1580-1589. Abstract

Zhu, Z., X. Wang, S. Dai, B. Huang, and Q. He. 2013. Fractional characteristics of coal fly ash for beneficial use. J. Mater. Civ. Eng. 25(1): 63-69. Abstract

Chen, S., E. M. Zamudio Cañas, Y. Zhang, Z. Zhu, and Q. He. 2012. Impact of substrate overloading on archaeal populations in anaerobic digestion of animal waste. J. Appl. Microbiol. 113(6): 1371-1379. Abstract

Zhou, A., Y. I. Chen, G. M. Zane, Z. He, C. L. Hemme, M. P. Joachimiak, J. K. Baumohl,Q. He, M. W. Fields, A. P. Arkin, J. D. Wall, T. C. Hazen, and J. Zhou. 2012. Functional characterization of Crp/Fnr-type global transcriptional regulators inDesulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78(4): 1168-1177. Abstract

Hemme, C. L., M. W. Fields, Q. He, Y. Deng, L. Lin, Q. Tu, H. Mouttaki, A. Zhou, X. Feng, Z. Zuo, B. D. Ramsay, Z. He, L. Wu, J. Van Nostrand, J. Xu, Y. J. Tang, J. Wiegel, T. J. Phelps, and J. Zhou. 2011. Correlation of genomic and physiological traits ofThermoanaerobacter species with biofuel yields. Appl. Environ. Microbiol.77(22): 7998-8008. Abstract

He, Q., C. L. Hemme, H. Jiang, Z. He, and J. Zhou. 2011. Mechanisms of enhanced cellulosic bioethanol fermentation by co-cultivation of Clostridium and Thermoanaerobacter spp. Bioresour. Technol. 102(20): 9586-9592. Abstract

Zhou, J., Q. He, C. L. Hemme, A. Mukhopadhyay, K. Hillesland, A. Zhou, Z. He, J. D. Van Nostrand, T. C. Hazen, D. A. Stahl, J. D. Wall, and A. P. Arkin. 2011. How sulphate-reducing microorganisms cope with stress: lessons from systems biology. Nat. Rev. Microbiol. 9(6): 452-466. Abstract

Zhu, Z., M. K. Hsueh, and Q. He. 2011. Enhancing biomethanation of municipal waste sludge with grease trap waste as a co-substrate. Renew. Energy 36(6): 1802-1807. Abstract

He, Q., and K. Yao. 2011. Impact of alternative electron acceptors on selenium(IV) reduction by Anaeromyxobacter dehalogenans. Bioresour. Technol.102(3): 3578-3580. Abstract

Zhang, Y., E. M. Zamudio Cañas, Z. Zhu, J. L. Linville, S. Chen, and Q. He. 2011. Robustness of archaeal populations in anaerobic co-digestion of dairy and poultry wastes. Bioresour. Technol. 102(2): 779-785. Abstract

He, Q., Z. He, D. C. Joyner, M. Joachimiak, M. N. Price, Z. K. Yang, H.-C. B. Yen, C. L. Hemme, W. Chen, M. W. Fields, D. A. Stahl, J. D. Keasling, M. Keller, A. P. Arkin, T. C. Hazen, J. D. Wall, and J. Zhou. 2010. Impact of elevated nitrate on sulfate-reducing bacteria: a comparative study of Desulfovibrio vulgaris. ISME J. 4(11): 1386-1397. Abstract

Zhou, A., Z. He, A. M. Redding-Johanson, A. Mukhopadhyay, C. L. Hemme, M. P. Joachimiak, F. Luo, Y. Deng, K. S. Bender, Q. He, J. D. Keasling, D. A. Stahl, M. W. Fields, T. C. Hazen, A. P. Arkin, J. D. Wall, and J. Zhou. 2010. Hydrogen peroxide-induced oxidative stress responses in Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough.Environ. Microbiol. 12(10): 2645-2657. Abstract

He, Z., A. Zhou, E. Baidoo, Q. He, M. P. Joachimiak, P. Benke, R. Phan, A. Mukhopadhyay, C. L. Hemme, K. Huang, E. J. Alm, M. W. Fields, J. Wall, D. Stahl, T. C. Hazen, J. D. Keasling, A. P. Arkin, and J. Zhou. 2010. Global transcriptional, physiological, and metabolite analyses of the responses of Desulfovibrio vulgarisHildenborough to salt adaptation. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76(5): 1574-1586. Abstract

He, Q., and K. Yao. 2010. Microbial reduction of selenium oxyanions byAnaeromyxobacter dehalogenans. Bioresour. Technol. 101(10): 3760-3764. Abstract

Walker, C. B., Z. He, Z. K. Yang, J. A. Ringbauer, Q. He, J. Zhou, G. Voordouw, J. D. Wall, A. P. Arkin, T. C. Hazen, S. Stolyar, and D. A. Stahl. 2009. The electron transfer system of syntrophically grown Desulfovibrio vulgaris. J. Bacteriol.191(18): 5793-5801. Abstract

He, Q., P. M. Lokken, S. Chen, and J. Zhou. 2009. Characterization of the impact of acetate and lactate on ethanolic fermentation by Thermoanaerobacter ethanolicus. Bioresour. Technol. 100(23): 5955-5965. Abstract

Zhang, Y., X. Zhang, H. Zhang, Q. He, Q. Zhou, Z. Su, and C. Zhang. 2009. Responses of soil bacteria to long-term and short-term cadmium stress as revealed by microbial community analysis. Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 82(3): 367-372. Abstract

Pereira, P. M., Q. He, F. M. A. Valente, A. V. Xavier, J. Zhou, I. A. C. Pereira, and R. O. Louro. 2008. Energy metabolism in Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough: insights from transcriptome analysis. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 93(4): 347-362. Abstract

Pereira, P. M., Q. He, A. V. Xavier, J. Zhou, I. A. C. Pereira, and R. O. Louro. 2008. Transcriptional response of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough to oxidative stress mimicking environmental conditions. Arch. Microbiol. 189(5): 451-461. Abstract

Butler, J. E., Q. He, K. P. Nevin, Z. He, J. Zhou, and D. R. Lovley. 2007. Genomic and microarray analysis of aromatics degradation in Geobacter metallireducens and comparison to a Geobacter isolate from a contaminated field site. BMC Genomics8: 180. Abstract

Stolyar, S., Q. He, M. P. Joachimiak, Z. He, Z. K. Yang, S. E. Borglin, D. C. Joyner, K. Huang, E. Alm, T. C. Hazen, J. Zhou, J. D. Wall, A. P. Arkin, and D. A. Stahl. 2007. Response of Desulfovibrio vulgaris to alkaline stress. J. Bacteriol. 189(24): 8944-8952. Abstract

Bender, K. S., H.-C. B. Yen, C. L. Hemme, Z. Yang, Z. He, Q. He, J. Zhou, K. H. Huang, E. J. Alm, T. C. Hazen, A. P. Arkin, and J. D. Wall. 2007. Analysis of a ferric uptake regulator (Fur) mutant of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73(17): 5389-5400. Abstract

Mukhopadhyay, A., A. M. Redding, M. P. Joachimiak, A. P. Arkin, S. E. Borglin, P. S. Dehal, R. Chakraborty, J. T. Geller, T. C. Hazen, Q. He, D. C. Joyner, V. J. J. Martin, J. D. Wall, Z. K. Yang, J. Zhou, and J. D. Keasling. 2007. Cell wide responses to low oxygen exposure in Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough. J. Bacteriol. 189(16): 5996-6010. Abstract

He, Q., K. H. Huang, Z. He, E. J. Alm, M. W. Fields, T. C. Hazen, A. P. Arkin, J. D. Wall, and J. Zhou. 2006. Energetic consequences of nitrite stress in Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough inferred from global transcriptional analysis. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72(6): 4370-4381. Abstract

Clark, M. E., Q. He, Z. He, K. H. Huang, E. J. Alm, X.-F. Wan, T. C. Hazen, A. P. Arkin, J. D. Wall, J.-Z. Zhou, and M.W. Fields. 2006. Temporal transcriptomic analysis asDesulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough transitions into stationary phase during electron donor depletion. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72(8): 5578-5588. Abstract

Chhabra, S. R., Q. He, K. H. Huang, S. P. Gaucher, E. J. Alm, Z. He, M. Z. Hadi, T. C. Hazen, J. D. Wall, J. Zhou, A. P. Arkin, and A. K. Singh. 2006. Global analysis of heat shock response in Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough. J. Bacteriol. 188(5): 1817-1828. Abstract

Mukhopadhyay, A., Z. He, E. J. Alm, A. P. Arkin, E. E. Baidoo, S. C. Borglin, W. Chen, T. C. Hazen, Q. He, H.-Y. Holman, K. H. Huang, R. Huang, D. C. Joyner, N. Katz, M. Keller, P. Oeller, A. Redding, J. Sun, J. D. Wall, J. Wei, Z. Yang, H.-C. Yen, J. Zhou, and J. D. Keasling. 2006. Salt stress in Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough: An integrated genomics approach. J. Bacteriol. 188(11): 4068-4078. Abstract

He, Q., and R. A. Sanford. 2004. Acetate threshold concentrations suggest varying energy requirements during anaerobic respiration by Anaeromyxobacter dehalogenans. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 70(11): 6940-6943. Abstract

He, Q., and R. A. Sanford. 2004. The generation of high biomass from chlororespiring bacteria using a continuous fed-batch bioreactor. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 65(4): 377-382. Abstract

He, Q., and R. A. Sanford. 2003. Characterization of Fe(III) reduction by halorespiring Anaeromyxobacter dehalogenans. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 69(5): 2712-2718. Abstract

He, Q., and K. R. Mankin. 2002. Assessing removal kinetics of organic matter in rock-plant filters. Trans. ASABE 45(6): 1771-1778. Abstract

He, Q., and K. R. Mankin. 2002. Performance variations of COD and nitrogen removal by vegetated submerged-bed wetlands. J. Am. Water Resour. Assoc.38(6): 1679-1689. Abstract

He, Q., and R. A. Sanford. 2002. Induction characteristics of reductive dehalogenation in the ortho-halophenol-respiring bacterium, Anaeromyxobacter dehalogenans. Biodegradation 13(5): 307-316. Abstract

He, Q., and K. R. Mankin. 2001. Seasonal variations in hydraulic performance of rock-plant filters. Environ. Technol. 22(9): 991-999. Abstract


Qiang He

Contact Information

  • 418 John D. Tickle Building
  • Phone: 865-974-6067
  • E-mail:

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.