Jinjun Kan Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
970 Spencer Road
Avondale, PA 19311
610.268.2153 x 280
Principal Investigator of the Microbiology group
Adjunct Faculty, University of Delaware
Environmental microbiology and molecular microbial ecology of aquatic ecosystems, particularly freshwater and estuaries, with focus on algal, bacterial, archaeal and viral population dynamics, and interactions with local environments, including trophic interactions, nutrient cycling, and biogeochemistry.
Ph. D, 2006. University of Maryland College Park (Environmental Molecular Microbiology/Biotechnology)
M. S. 1997. First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration, Qingdao, China (Ecology)
B. S. 1994. Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China (Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Life Science School)
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California
Research Assistant at University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute
Research Assistant at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB): Monitoring microbial community in freshwater ecosystems, e.g. White Clay Creek (NSF 2011-2016)
Marine Sediment Microbial Fuel Cells: A collaborative research with Naval Research Laboratory, SPAWAR, San Diego, CA (ONR 2010-2013)
Christina River Basin Critical Zone Observatory (CZO): Spatial and temporal integration of carbon and mineral fluxes: a whole watershed approach to quantifying anthropogenic modification of critical zone carbon sequestration (NSF 2010-2015)
Meta-Ecosystems and the Upstream Legacy: Influence of Dissolved Organic Matter on the Structure and Function of Streambed Bacterial Communities (NSF 2011-2014)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications
S. Clingenpeel, Kan, J., R. E. Macur, T. Woyke, D. Lovalvo, J. Varley, W. P. Inskeep, K. H. Nealson, and T. McDermott. 2013. Yellowstone Lake Nanoarchaeota. Front. Microbiol. 4: 274.
Kan, J., A. Obraztsova, Y. Wang, J. Leather, K. G. Scheckel, K. H. Nealson, Y. M. Arias-Thode. 2013. Apatite and chitin amendments promote microbial activity and augment metal removal in marine sediments. OJMetal, Heavy metal special issue. 3: 51-61.
Conley, J. M., D.H. Funk, D. H. Hesterberg, L. Hsu, J. Kan, Y. Liu, and D. B. Buchwalter. 2013. Bioconcentration and biotransformation of selenite versus selenate exposed periphyton and subsequent toxicity to the mayfly Centroptilum triangulifer. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47: 7965-7973.
Hong, Y., X. Xu, J. Kan, and F. Chen. 2013. Linking seasonal inorganic nitrogen shift to the dynamics of microbial communities in the Chesapeake Bay. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. DOI 10.1007/s00253-013-5337-4
Jang, J.K, J. Kan, O Bretschger, Y. A. Gorby, L. Hsu, B. H. Kim, and K. H. Nealson. 2013. Electricity generation from microbial fuel cell using microorganisms as catalyst in cathode. J. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2013. DOI: 10.4014/jmb.1310.10117
Mosher, J. J., E. L. Bernberg, O. Shevchenko, J. Kan, and L. A. Kaplan. 2013. Efficacy of a 3rd generation high-throughput sequencing platform for analyses of 16S rRNA genes from environmental samples. J. Microbiol. Methods. 95: 175-181.
Futamata, H., O. Bretschger, A. Cheung, J. Kan, R. Owen, and K. H. Nealson. 2013. Adaptation of soil microbes during establishment of microbial fuel cell consortium fed with lactate. J. Biosci. Bioeng. 115:58-63.
Huang, Y., Z. He, J. Kan, A. K. Manohar, K. H. Nealson, and F. Mansfeld. In press. Electricity generation from a floating marine microbial fuel cell. Bioresource Technol. 114:308-313.
Helton, R.R., K. Wang, J. Kan, D.H. Powell, and K.E. Wommack. 2012. Interannual dynamics of viriobenthos abundance and morphological diversity in Chesapeake Bay sediments. FEMS Microbiol. Ecol. 79:474-486.
Kan, J., and J. Sun. 2011. Bacterial community biodiversity in estuaries and its controlling factors: a case study in Chesapeake Bay. Biodiversity Sci. 19:770-778.
Kan, J., P. Chellamuthu, A. Obraztsova, J. E. Moore, and K. H. Nealson. 2011. Diverse bacterial groups are associated with corrosive lesions at a granite mountain record vault (GMRV). J. Appl. Microbiol. 111:329-337.
Kan, J., Y. Wang, A. Obraztsova, G. Rosen, J. Leather, K. Scheckel, K. H. Nealson, and Y. M. Arias-Thode. 2011. Bacterial community response to inorganic and organic amendments in marine sediments. Ecotoxicol Environ. Saf. 74:1931-1941.
Rosen, G., J. Leather, J. Kan, and Y. M. Arias-Thode. 2011. Ecotoxicological response of marine organisms to inorganic and organic sediment amendments in laboratory exposure. Ecotoxicol Environ. Saf. 74:1921-1930.
Huang, Y., Z. He, J. Kan, A. K. Manohar, K. H. Nealson, and F. Mansfeld. Electricity generation from a floating marine microbial fuel cell. (In press)
Kan, J., B. Flood, J. P. McCrow, J. S. Kim, L. Tan, and K. H. Nealson. 2011. A rapid fingerprinting approach to distinguish between closely related strains of Shewanella. J Microbiol. Methods 86:62-68.
Kan, J., S. Clingenpeel, R. E. Macur, W. P. Inskeep, D. Lavalvo, J. Varley, Y. Gory, T. R. McDermott, and K. H. Nealson. Archaea in Yellowstone Lake. ISME J. 5:1784-1795.
Clingenpeel, S., R. E. Macur, J. Kan, W. P. Inskeep, D. Lavalvo, J. Varley, E. Mathur, K. Nealson, Y. Gory, T. L. Fracois, and T. R. McDermott. 2011. Yellowstone Lake: High energy geochemistry and rich bacterial diversity. Environ. Microbiol. 13:2172-2185.
Kan, J., L. Hsu, A. C. M. Cheung, M. Pirbazari, and K. H. Nealson. 2011. Current production by bacterial communities in microbial fuel cells enriched from wastewater sludge with different electron donors. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45:1139-1146.
Williamson, K. E., J. Kan, S. W. Polson, and S. J. Williamson. 2011. Optimizing the indirect extraction of prokaryotic DNA from soils. Soil Biol. Biochem. 43:736-748.
Isaacs, L.T., J. Kan, L. Nguyen, P. Videau, M. A. Anderson, T. L. Wright and R. T. Hill. 2009. Comparison of the bacterial communities of wild and captive sponge Clathria prolifera from the Chesapeake Bay. Mar. Biotech. 11:758-770.
Z. He, J. Kan, Y. Wang, Y. Huang, F. Mansfeld, and K. H. Nealson. 2009. Electricity production coupled to ammonium in a microbial fuel cell. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43:3391-3397.
Z. He, Kan, J., F. Mansfeld, L. T. Angenent, and K. H. Nealson. 2009. Self-sustained phototrophic microbial fuel cells based on the synergistic cooperation between photosynthetic microorganisms and heterotrophic bacteria. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43:1648-1654.
Kan, J., S. E. Evans, F. Chen and M. T. Suzuki. 2008. Novel estuarine bacterioplankton in rRNA operon libraries from the Chesapeake Bay. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 51:55-66.
Mohamed, N. M., E. Cicirelli, J. Kan, F. Chen, C. Fuqua and R. T. Hill. 2008. Diversity and quorum sensing signal production of Proteobacteria associated with marine sponges. Environ. Microbiol. 10:75-86.
Yin, K., X. Song, S. Liu, J. Kan, and P. Qian. 2008. Is inorganic nutrient enrichment a driving force for the formation of red tides? A case study of the dinoflagellate Scrippsiella trochoidea in an embayment. Harmful Algae. 8:54-59.
Kan, J., M. Suzuki, K. Wang, S.E. Evans, and F. Chen. 2007. High temporal but low spatial heterogeneity of bacterioplankton in the Chesapeake Bay. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73:6776-6789.
Kan, J., B. C. Crump, K. Wang, and F. Chen. 2006. Bacterioplankton community in Chesapeake Bay: Predictable or random assemblages. Limnol. Oceanogr. 51:2157-2169.
Chen, F., K. Wang, J. Kan, M. Suzuki, E. Wommack, and W. Coats. 2006. Diverse and unique picocyanobacteria found in the Chesapeake Bay. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 72 (3): 2239-2243.
Kan, J., K. Wang and F. Chen. 2006. Temporal variation and detection limit of an estuarine bacterioplankton community analyzed by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 42:7-18.
Kan, J., T. E. Hanson, J. M. Ginter, K. Wang, F. Chen. 2005. Metaproteomic analysis of Chesapeake Bay microbial communities. Saline Systems 1:7.
Bettarel, Y., J. Kan, K. Wang, S. Cooney, K. Williamson, F. Chen, E. Wommack, and W. Coats. 2005. Isolation and characterization of a small nuclear inclusion virus infecting the diatom Chaetoceros c.f. gracilis. Aquat. Microbial. Ecol. 40:103-114.
Wu, M., L. Song, J. Ren, J. Kan and P. Qian. 2004. Assessment of microbial dynamics in the Pearl River Estuary by 16S rRNA terminal restriction fragment analysis. Continental Shelf Research 24:1925-1934.
Chen, F., K. Wang, J. Kan, D. Bachoon, J. Lu, S. Lau, and L. Campbell. 2004. Phylogenetic diversity of Synechococcus in the Chesapeake Bay revealed by Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase-oxygenase (RuBisCO) large subunit gene (rbcL) sequences. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 36:153-164
Kan, J., and F. Chen. 2004. Co-monitoring bacterial and dinoflagellates communities by Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) and SSU rDNA sequencing during a dinoflagellates Bloom. Acta Oceanologia Sinica. 23:483-492
Hong, X., Y. Yang and J. Kan. 1998. A study on induced metamorphosis of larvae of the Bay Scallop Argopecten irradians. J. Oceanogr. Huanghai & Bohai Seas. 16(3): 47-51
Hong, X., J. Kan and B. Wu. 1996. Mutual effects of different inducers on larval settlement and metamorphosis of Haliotis discus hannai Ino (Gastrapoda, Mollusca). J. Oceanogr. Huanghai & Bohai Seas. 14(4): 28-33
Kan, J., T. E. Hanson, and F. Chen. 2011. Synchronicity between population structure and proteome profiles: A metaproteomic analysis of Chesapeake Bay bacterial communities. In: Frans J. de Bruijn (ed.). Handbook of Molecular Microbial Ecology I; Metagenomics and Complementary Approaches. Wiley-Blackwell, pp 637-644.
Jiao, N.Z., C.L. Zhang, F. Chen, J. Kan, and F. Zhang. 2008. Frontiers and Technological Advances in Microbial Processes and Carbon Cycling in the Ocean. In: Lea P. Mertens (ed.). Biological Oceanography Research Trends. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. Hauppauge, New York. pp 217-267.
Kan, J. et al., 1999. National Climbing Plan B: Study on better quality and disease resistance of marine aquaculture (III) Reproduction, attachment and metamorphosis of mollusks (B. Wu Ed.), Shandong Science and Technology Press, Jinan, P. R. China.
Selected Posters & Presentations
Hsu, L., J. Kan, M. Pirbazari, K. Nealson. 2010. Bioremediation potential of mixed culture microbial fuel cell communities. 2010 AIChE Annual Meeting, November 7-12, 2010. Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Oral Presentation.
Kan, J., S. Clingenpeel, R. E. Macur, W. P. Inskeep, D. Lavalvo, J. Varley, Y. Gory, T. R. McDermott, and K. Nealson. 2010. Novel and diverse Archaea in Yellow Stone Lake. The 13th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, ISME-13. August 22-27, 2010. Seattle, USA. Poster presentation.
Hsu, L., J. Kan, A. Cheung, and K. H. Nealson. 2009. Effects of carbon source on enrichment in microbial fuel cells. ACS National Meeting and Exposition. August 19, 2009. Washington, D.C., USA. Oral Presentation.
Kan, J., Y. M. Arias-Thode, Y. Wang, A. Obraztsova, G. Rosen, J. Leather, and K. Nealson. 2008. Bacterial and benthic community response to inorganic and organic sediment amendments. The 12th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, ISME-12. August 17-22, 2008. Cairns, Australia. Poster presentation.
Obraztsova, A., P. Chellamuthu, L. Tan, Y. Wang, J. Kan, and K. Nealson. 2008. Exploration of microbial induced metal corrosion in high altitude cave in Utah. The 12th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, ISME-12. August 17-22, 2008. Cairns, Australia. Poster presentation.
Kan, J. , Z. He, F. Mansfeld, and K. H. Nealson. 2008. Current production and microbial diversity in self-sustained phytosynthetic microbial fuel cells. The 1st International Symposium of Microbial Fuel Cell. May 27-29, 2008. University Park, Penn State University, USA. Poster presentation.
He, Z., J. Kan, F. Mansfeld, and K. H. Nealson. 2008. A study of ammonia as a potential fuel in a rotating cathode microbial fuel cell. The 1st International Symposium of Microbial Fuel Cell. May 27-29, 2008. University Park, Penn State University, USA. Poster presentation.
Wang, Y., J. Kan, A. Obraztsova, and K. Nealson. 2007. Physiological and phylogenetic properties of Shewanella spp. ASM 2008 General Meeting, June 1-5, Boston, MA. Poster presentation.
Kan, J., T. Hanson, E. Wommack, and F. Chen. 2007. Seasonal synchronicity between microbial community DNA and proteomic patterns in the Chesapeake Bay. 4th Annual Microbial Observatories Workshop, Washington DC. March 1-3, 2007. Poster presentation.
Crump, B. C., H. E. Adams, F. Chen, J. E. Hobbie, J. Kan, and G. W. Kling. 2006. Synchrony and seasonality in bacterioplankton community composition. The 11th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, ISME-11. August 20-25, 2006. Vienna, Austria. Oral presentation.
Kan, J., B. C. Crump, K. Wang, and F. Chen. 2006. Bacterioplankton community in Chesapeake Bay: Predictable or random assemblages. GRC Conference on MARINE MICROBES, July 23-28, 2006, The University of New England, Biddeford, ME. Poster presentation.
Kan, J., T. Hanson, C. Cary, E. Wommack, R. Hill, F. Chen. 2006. Community proteomics, a new way to explore microbial functions innatural environments. American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Summer Meeting, June 5-9, 2006, Victoria, Canada. Poster presentation.
Kan, J., T. Hanson, B. Campbell, C. Cary, E. Wommack, R. Hill, and F. Chen. Meta-proteomics, a new way to explore microbial function in natural environments. HUPO 4th Annual World Congress, August 28-September 1, 2005. Munich, Germany. Poster presentation. The abstract was published in Molecular and Cellular Proteomics 4.8 (Suppl. 1):S286
Kan, J., T. Hanson, K. Wang, B. Campbell, C. Cary, E. Wommack, R. Hill, and F. Chen. Meta-proteomics, a New Way to Explore Microbial Processes in the Ocean? International Marine Biotechnology Conference, June 7-12, 2005, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Oral presentation.
Helton, R., J. Kan, K. Wang, D. Winget, and K. Wommack. What lies beneath: Chesapeake Bay viriobenthos diversity and abundance. ASM 2005 General Meeting, June 5-9, Atlanta, GA. Poster presentation.
Kan, J., T. Hanson, B. Campbell, C. Cary, E. Wommack, R. Hill, and F. Chen. Meta-proteomics, a new way to explore microbial processes in the ocean? NSF 3rd Microbial Observatories Workshop, September 12-14, 2004. Big Sky, MT. Oral presentation.
Chen, F., and J. Kan. A proteomic study of picoplankton community. The 10th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, ISME-10. August 22-27, 2004. Cancun, Mexico. Oral presentation.
Kan, J., M. Suzuki, K. Wang, and F. Chen. Spatial and temporal variation of Chesapeake bacterioplankton communities revealed by DGGE and clone libraries. The 10th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, ISME-10. August 22-27, 2004. Cancun, Mexico. Poster presentation.
Suzuki, M.T., J. Kan, F. Chen and S. E. Evans. Fast Screening and analysis of Chesapeake Bay bacterioplankton ribosomal RNA operon clone libraries. The 10th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, ISME-10. August 22-27, 2004. Cancun, Mexico. Poster presentation.
Isaacs, L. T., J. Kan, S. Sidiqqi, D. Horn, F. Chen, T. Wright, and J. Enticknap, and R. Hill. Analysis of the Microbial Community of the Chesapeake Redbeard Sponges, Microciona prolifera. The 104th General Meeting of American Society of Microbiology. May, 2004, New Orleans. Poster presentation.
Kan, J. and F. Chen. Genetic fingerprinting and proteomic analysis of bacterial communities in the Chesapeake Bay. Marine Biotechnology Conference September 21-27, 2003, Chiba, Japan. Oral presentation.
Kan, J., M. Suzuki and F. Chen. Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Bacterial Community in the Chesapeake Bay. The 103rd General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, May 18-22, 2003, Washington DC. Poster presentation.
American Society for Microbiology
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
International Society for Microbial Ecology