He Fu is a currently a postdoctoral research associate in Mary Ann Moran’s lab at the University of Georgia. Born and raised in China, he received a liberal arts education in Wuhan University with a major in Biology. Concerned about many pressing environmental issues yet equally impressed with the metabolic diversity of microbes, he joined Ning-Yi Zhou’s lab working on bioremediation. Very soon, however, he realized that more wonders, beauties and mysteries are hidden inside the microbial world. In 2011, he came to the US and joined Bill Metcalf’s lab at the University of Illinois, working on the metabolism of methylated sulfur compounds by Methanosarcina acetivorans, a model marine methanogen, and its impact to the global sulfur cycle and climate change. After earning his Ph.D. degree in 2017, he joined the Moran lab to delve deeper into marine microbial ecology/microbial oceanography. He currently focuses on bacterial community assembly in model phycospheres, and is broadly interested in microbial physiology, ecology and evolution.
When not doing bench work, he enjoys reading science, history, philosophy, poetry and everything in between. While in graduate school, he translated Martin Blaser’s Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plagues into Chinese, which came out in 2016 and won the Chinese National Library Book Award in 2017.