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Dr Ji Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology

School of Veterinary Science


Contact details

  • Location: 2.31, Hopkirk Building
    Campus: Palmerston North

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Evlutionary Biology, Genomics and Bioinformatics

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Bacteriology (060501):
Bioinformatics Software (080301):
Biological Sciences (060000):
Computer Software (080300): Information And Computing Sciences (080000):
Microbial Genetics (060503): Microbiology (060500)

Research Outputs


Gilpin, BJ., Walker, T., Paine, S., Sherwood, J., Mackereth, G., Wood, T., . . . Jones, N. (2020). A large scale waterborne Campylobacteriosis outbreak, Havelock North, New Zealand. Journal of Infection. 81(3), 390-395
[Journal article]Authored by: Biggs, P., French, N., Hayman, D., Midwinter, A., Zhang, J.
Yang, X., Bai, X., Zhang, J., Sun, H., Fu, S., Fan, R., . . . Xiong, Y. (2020). Escherichia coli strains producing a novel Shiga toxin 2 subtype circulate in China. International Journal of Medical Microbiology. 310(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Li, Y., Gu, Y., Lv, J., Liang, H., Zhang, J., Zhang, S., . . . Zhang, M. (2020). Laboratory Study on the Gastroenteritis Outbreak Caused by a Multidrug-Resistant Campylobacter coli in China. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 17(3), 187-193
[Journal article]Authored by: French, N., Zhang, J.
Michael, SA., Hayman, DTS., Gray, R., Zhang, J., Rogers, L., & Roe, WD. (2019). Pup mortality in New Zealand sea lions (Phocarctos hookeri) at Enderby Island, Auckland Islands, 2013-18. PLoS ONE. 14(11)
[Journal article]Authored by: Hayman, D., Roe, W., Zhang, J.
French, NP., Zhang, J., Carter, GP., Midwinter, AC., Biggs, PJ., Dyet, K., . . . Williamson, DA. (2019). Genomic analysis of fluoroquinolone- And tetracycline-resistant campylobacter jejuni sequence type 6964 in humans and poultry, New Zealand, 2014-2016. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 25(12), 2226-2234
[Journal article]Authored by: Biggs, P., Fayaz, A., French, N., Midwinter, A., Zhang, J.
Fan, R., Shao, K., Yang, X., Bai, X., Fu, S., Sun, H., . . . Xiong, Y. (2019). High prevalence of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in beef cattle detected by combining four selective agars. BMC microbiology. 19(1), 213
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Bai, X., Zhang, J., Ambikan, A., Jernberg, C., Ehricht, R., Scheutz, F., . . . Matussek, A. (2019). Molecular Characterization and Comparative Genomics of Clinical Hybrid Shiga Toxin-Producing and Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC/ETEC) Strains in Sweden. Scientific Reports. 9(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Bai, X., Fu, S., Zhang, J., Fan, R., Xu, Y., Sun, H., . . . Xiong, Y. (2018). Identification and pathogenomic analysis of an Escherichia coli strain producing a novel Shiga toxin 2 subtype. Scientific Reports. 8(1)
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Zhang, J., Xiong, Y., Rogers, L., Carter, GP., & French, N. (2018). Genome-by-genome approach for fast bacterial genealogical relationship evaluation. Bioinformatics. 34(17), 3025-3027
[Journal article]Authored by: French, N., Zhang, J.
Grinberg, A., Biggs, PJ., Zhang, J., Ritchie, S., Oneroa, Z., O'Neill, C., . . . Coombs, GW. (2017). Genomic epidemiology of methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus across colonisation and skin and soft tissue infection. Journal of Infection. 75(4), 326-335
[Journal article]Authored by: Biggs, P., Grinberg, A., Velathanthiri, N., Zhang, J.
ZHANG, JI. (2011). Identification of genes and genomic islands correlated with high pathogenicity in Streptococcus suis using whole genome tiling microarrays. PLoS ONE.
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.Contributed to by: Zhang, J.
Kovanen, S., Kivistö, R., Llarena, AK., Zhang, J., Kärkkäinen, UM., Tuuminen, T., . . . Hänninen, ML. (2016). Tracing isolates from domestic human Campylobacter jejuni infections to chicken slaughter batches and swimming water using whole-genome multilocus sequence typing. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 226, 53-60
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Llarena, AK., Zhang, J., Vehkala, M., Välimäki, N., Hakkinen, M., Hänninen, ML., . . . Rossi, M. (2016). Monomorphic genotypes within a generalist lineage of Campylobacter jejuni show signs of global dispersion. Microbial genomics. 2(10), e000088
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Zhang, J., Halkilahti, J., Hänninen, ML., & Rossi, M. (2015). Refinement of whole-genome multilocus sequence typing analysis by addressing gene paralogy. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 53(5), 1765-1767
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Örmälä-Odegrip, AM., Ojala, V., Hiltunen, T., Zhang, J., Bamford, JKH., & Laakso, J. (2015). Protist predation can select for bacteria with lowered susceptibility to infection by lytic phages. BMC Evolutionary Biology.
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Hu, S., Jin, D., Lu, S., Liu, S., Zhang, J., Wang, Y., . . . Xu, J. (2015). Helicobacter himalayensis sp. nov. isolated from gastric mucosa of marmota himalayana. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 65(6), 1719-1725
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Revez, J., Zhang, J., Schott, T., Kivistö, R., Rossi, M., & Hänninen, ML. (2014). Genomic variation between Campylobacter jejuni isolates associated with milk-borne-disease outbreaks. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 52(8), 2782-2786
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Zhang, J., Laakso, J., Mappes, J., Laanto, E., Ketola, T., Bamford, JKH., . . . Sundberg, LR. (2014). Association of colony morphotypes with virulence, growth and resistance against protozoan predation in the fish pathogen Flavobacterium columnare. FEMS Microbiology Ecology.
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Zhang, J., Ketola, T., Örmälä-Odegrip, AM., Mappes, J., & Laakso, J. (2014). Coincidental loss of bacterial virulence in multi-enemy microbial communities. PLoS ONE. 9(11)
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Zhang, J., Örmälä-Odegrip, AM., Mappes, J., & Laakso, J. (2014). Top-down effects of a lytic bacteriophage and protozoa on bacteria in aqueous and biofilm phases. Ecology and Evolution. 4(23), 4444-4453
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Ketola, T., Mikonranta, L., Zhang, J., Saarinen, K., Örmälä, AM., Friman, VP., . . . Laakso, J. (2013). Fluctuating Temperature Leads To Evolution Of Thermal Generalism And Preadaptation To Novel Environments. Evolution. 67(10), 2936-2944
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.
Zhang, J., Friman, VP., Laakso, J., & Mappes, J. (2012). Interactive effects between diet and genotypes of host and pathogen define the severity of infection. Ecology and Evolution. 2(9), 2347-2356
[Journal article]Authored by: Zhang, J.


Zhang, J., Biggs, P., Wilkinson, D., Midwinter, A., Gilpin, B., Draper, J., . . . French, N. (2017, September). Ad hoc whole-genome MLST (wgMLST) analysis reveals multiple Campylobacter jejuni clones caused a massive waterborne outbreak in New Zealand in 2016. Presented at 19th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms. Nantes, France.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Biggs, P., French, N., Hayman, D., Midwinter, A., Zhang, J.
Zhang, J., Williamson, D., Gonçalves da Silva, A., Patrick, B., Bulach, D., Carter, G., . . . French, NIGEL. (2017). Genomic analysis of the recently emerged antimicrobial resistant Campylobacter jejuni ST-6964 in New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of 19th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and Related Organisms. Nantes, France
[Conference Poster]Authored by: French, N., Midwinter, A., Zhang, J.

Teaching and Supervision

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Co-supervisor 1 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Sabrina Greening - Doctor of Philosophy
    Integrating host population contact structure and pathogen whole-genome sequence data to understand the epidemiology of infectious diseases

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