Hongan Long, Ph.D.,
Professor, Ph.D. advisor
Education and Research Background
2013-2017 Research Associate/Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington (Michael Lynch lab)
2008-2012 Biology Ph.D., Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Houston.
2004-2007 Marine Biology M.S., Department of Marine Life, Ocean University of China
2000-2004 Bioscience, B.S., Department of Marine Life, Ocean University of China
We are interested in microbial evolution, with a focus on mutation rate and behavior evolution. The research models are quite broad, including cilaites, bacteria, yeast, etc. Our research strategy combines population genetics theory, experimental evolution, -omics sequencing, genetic techniques, and bioinformatic tools. The lab deems the training of indepedent researchers as our first task and research as the second. Graduate students would get a complete training of scientific research and multiple undergrad assistants are provided for their research. We are now exploring the following topics:
A. Phenotypic plasticity of ciliates, and its role in evolution;
B. Genome instability and evolution of deep-sea organisms;
C. Ecological dependence of mutation rate;
D. Antibiotic resistance evolution of pathogens in medical and natural environments;
E. Genetic regulation and evolution of selfing in ciliates.