QIU Xuan

Position:Associate researcher

Department: State Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology

Education and Appointments:

2005.9-2009.7, B.Sc., Biology, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

2009.9-2014.12, M. Sc. and Ph.D., Geology, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan)

Current Research Interest:

  1. mechanisms of microbially-mediated dolomite precipitation – Research work conducted on halophiles, sulfate reduction bacteria and iron/manganese oxidization/reduction bacteria.
  2. Effect of environmental variation on microbial dolomite formation, including salinity, sulfate concentration, temperature, et al.

Research grants:

  1. Comparative study of halophile with sulfate reduction pathway and halophile without sulfate reduction pathway for their molecular mechanisms in facilitating dolomite precipitation, funded by NSFC, 2016-2019.

Honors and Awards:

National scholarship for PhD student (first class), 2012

National scholarship for undergraduate student, 2006

Professional Experience:

2015.1~2017.3, Postdoctorate, Geomicrobiology, China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China

2016.1~2016.6, Academic visitor, Geomicrobiology, College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame, USA

2017.4 to present, Assistant researcher, Geomicrobiology, the State Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology, China

2020.1 to present, Associate researcher, Geomicrobiology, the State Key Laboratory of Biogeology and Environmental Geology, China

Selected Publications (* author for correspondence):


Wen Tian, Xing Xiang, Liyuan Ma, Stephanie Evers, Ruicheng Wang, Xuan Qiu and Hongmei Wang*, 2020. Rare Species Shift the Structure of Bacterial Communities Across Sphagnum Compartments in a Subalpine Peatland. Frontiers in Microbiology, 21,


Deng Liu*, Qigao Fan, Dominic Papineau, Na Yu, Yueying Chu, Hongmei Wang, Xuan Qiu, Xingjie Wang, 2020. Precipitation of protodolomite facilitated by sulfate-reducing bacteria: The role of capsule extracellular polymeric substances. Chemical Geology, 533(5),


Xuan Qiu, Yancheng Yao, Hongmei Wang*, Anjiang Shen and Jie Zhang, 2019. Halophilic Archaea Mediate the Formation of Proto-Dolomite in Solutions With Various Sulfate Concentrations and Salinities,


Deng Liu*, Na Yu, Dominic Papineau, Qigao Fan, Hongmei Wang, Xuan Qiu, Zhenbing She, Genming Luo, 2019. The catalytic role of planktonic aerobic heterotrophic bacteria in protodolomite formation: Results from Lake Jibuhulangtu Nuur, Inner Mongolia, China. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 263(15): 31-49.


Deng Liu*, Yangyang Xu, Dominic Papineau, Na Yu, Qigao Fan, Xuan Qiu, Hongmei Wang, 2019. Experimental evidence for abiotic formation of low-temperature proto-dolomite facilitated by clay minerals. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 247(15): 83-95.


Jingjing Li, Richard D. Pancost, B. David A. Naafs, Huan Yang, Deng Liu, Linfeng Gong, Xuan Qiu, Shucheng Xie*, 2019. Multiple environmental and ecological controls on archaeal ether lipid distributions in saline ponds. Chemical Geology, 529(20),


Rui Zhao, Hongmei Wang*, Xiaoyu Cheng, Yuan Yun, Xuan Qiu, 2018. Upland Soil Cluster γ Dominates the Methanotroph Communities in the Karst Heshang Cave. FEMS Microbiol Ecol, 94(12),


Qiu Xuan, Yao Yanchen, Wang Hongmei*, Duan Yong, 2018. Live microbial cells adsorb Mg2+ more effectively than lifeless organic matter. Frontiers of Earth Science, 12(1): 160-169.


段勇,药彦辰,邱轩,王红梅*,2017. 三株嗜盐古菌诱导形成白云石. 地球科学: 中国地质大学学报, 42(3):389-396.


药彦辰,邱轩,王红梅*,2017. 段勇不同状态嗜盐古菌细胞及羧基微球诱导白云石沉淀, 地球科学: 中国地质大学学报, 43(2): 449-458.


邱轩,石良*, 2017. 微生物和含铁矿物之间的电子交换.《化学学报》, 75, 583-593. DOI: 10.6023/A17010021.


Xuan Qiu, Hongmei Wang*, Yong Duan and Yanchen Yao,2017. High salinity facilitates dolomite precipitation mediated by Haloferax volcanii DS52. Earth and Planetary Science Letter, 472, 197-205.


SC Xie*, D Liu, X Qiu, XY Huang, TJ Algeo, 2016. Microbial roles equivalent to geological agents of high temperature and pressure in deep Earth. Science China Earth Sciences, 59 (11), 2098-2104.


Y Yun, H Wang*, B Man, X Xiang, J Zhou, X Qiu, Y Duan, AS Engel, 2016. The relationship between pH and Bacterial Community in a Single Karst Ecosystem and Its Implication for Soil Acidification. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, 1955.


L Gong, H Wang*, X Xiang, X Qiu, Q Liu, R Wang, R Zhao, C Wang, 2015.  pH shaping the composition of sqhC-containing bacterial communities, Geomicrobiology Journal, 32 (5), 433-444.


邱轩,王红梅*, 2014. 微生物促进碳酸钙镁矿物沉淀, 2014年中国地球科学联合学术年会——专题 30: 地球生物学论文集.


王红梅*,吴晓萍,邱轩,刘邓, 2013. 微生物成因的碳酸盐矿物研究进展. 微生物学通报, 40 (1), 180-189.


Qiu Xuan, Wang Hongmei*, Liu Deng, Gong Lingfeng, Wu Xiaoping, Xiang Xing, 2012. The physiological response of Synechococcus elongatus to salinity: A potential biomarker for ancient salinity in evaporative environments. Geomicrobiology Journal, 29(5), 477-483.


 Hongmei Wang*, Aga McCarthney, Xuan Qiu, Rui Zhao, 2012. Cd2+ impact on metabolic cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae over an extended period and implications for bioremediation. Geomicrobiology Journal, 29:199-205.


殷鸿福*,谢树成,颜佳新,胡超涌,黄俊华,腾格尔,郄文昆,邱轩, 2011. 海相碳酸盐烃源岩评价的地球生物学方法. 中国科学: 地球科学, 41 (7), 895-909.


Deng Liu, Hongmei Wang*, Hailiang Dong, Xuan Qiu, Xiuzhu Dong, Charles A. Cravotta III, 2011. Mineral transformations associated with goethite reduction by Methanosarcina barkeri. Chemical Geology, 288: 53-60.


Deng Liu, Hongmei Wang*, Xuan Qiu, Hailiang Dong, 2010. Comparison of reduction extent of Fe(III) in nontronite by Shewanella putrefaciens and Desulfovibrio vulgaris. Journal of Earth Science, special issue, 21: 297-299.


 Hongmei Wang*, Cuiping Zeng, Qianying Liu, Deng Liu, Xuan Qiu, Linfeng Gong, 2010. Calcium carbonate precipitation induced by a bacterium strain isolated from an oligotrophic cave in central China. Front. Earth Sci. China, 4(2): 148-151.


Qianying Liu, Hongmei Wang*, Rui Zhao, Xuan Qiu, Linfeng Gong, 2010. Bacteria isolated from dripping water in the oligotrophic Heshang Cave in central China. Journal of Earth Science, special issue, 21:325-328.


Ze Zhang, Canfa Wang, Xuan Qiu, Xianyu Huang, Shucheng Xie*, 2009. Occurrence of highly abundant bacterial hopanoids in Dajiuhu peatland, central China. Front. Earth Sci. China, 3(3): 320-326.