Environment and Biotechnology


Principal Investigators






Ian Thompson

Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford







Wei Huang

Associate Professor of Engineering Science, University of Oxford


Professor Thompson and Professor Huang specialise in developing technologies for preventing pollution, stimulating microbial clean-up of waste waters, and their biotransformation to high value chemicals such as bioplastics.






Jeremy Robertson

Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Oxford


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Luet Wong

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Oxford


Professor Wong and Professor Robertson specialise in the modification of enzymes so that they achieve chemical reactions that are difficult or impossible using conventional chemical reagents. These transformations are of potential importance to the industrial production of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals.


  Senior Research Scientist


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Dr Wang Yun/ Prof Wei Huang’s group

Dr Wang focuses on biosensor-based synthetic biology and single cell Raman biotechnology at OSCAR, mainly applied in environmental bioremediation and medical diagnosis and therapy. Specifically, her research interests include discovery of novel genes from natural environment to be utilized as bio-bricks of synthetic biology and characterisation of stem cells, cancer cells and bacterial pathogens for personalised medicine.

E-mail: yun.wang@oxford-oscar.cn




Dr. Chun Kiat Ng (Calvin)/Prof. Ian Thompson’s Group

Dr. Chun Kiat Ng (Calvin) was a recipient of the Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship and a visiting postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford. He completed his Ph.D. training at the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering and Nanyang Technological University where he worked on biofilm engineering and bio-nanotechnology towards environmental remediation and water purification. He gained extensive experience in microbial biotechnology, advance imaging and analytical techniques to study biofilm metabolism and the use of membrane technology to remove trace organic contaminant from water. He also developed a sustainable method of manipulating biofilm using nanomaterials to remove carcinogenic heavy metals in water. He published more than 10 peer-reviewed papers and a book chapter on biofilm biology and water purification, and he has the technical expertise and passion to understand, harness, and influence microbial biofilm communities towards environmental remediation. 

E-mail: Chunkiat.ng@oxford-oscar.cn


    Research Scientist


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Dr Cao Yang/ Prof Luet Wong’s group

Dr Cao joined Professor Luet Wong’s group in 2012 to work on engineering the cytochrome P450BM3 enzyme to oxidise organic molecules that are not substrates for the wild type enzyme. This research is aimed at the synthesis of complex natural compound and their derivatives via biotransformation and to develop sustainable and environmentally friendly production processes.

E-mail: Yang.Cao@oxford-oscar.cn



Dr. Avinash.Pandreka / Prof Luet Wong’s group

Avinash received his PhD in biological sciences from AcSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, India. His PhD work was focused on elucidating the biosynthesis of limonoids in neem and metabolic engineering in yeast. He joined in Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research in August 2019 as Research Scientist in Professor Luet Wong’s group. His research work is mainly focused on metabolic engineering of microbial acetyl CoA and isoprene unit biosynthesis to increase the production of terpenoids. Engineering of terpene synthases and cytochrome P450 systems to increase their efficiency and selectivity towards the terpenoid biosynthesis. His research interests include elucidating the diversity of secondary metabolites and their application.


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Dr. M. Irfan Arif / Prof. Ian Thompson’s Group

Dr. M. Irfan Arif received his Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. He joined OSCAR in May 2019 as a Research Scientist with Prof. Ian Thompson. He specializes in discovery and engineering of novel bacterial strains and enzymes for industrial applications. His previous work focused on directed evolution of enzymes for biodegradation of halogenated hydrocarbons and chemoenzymatic peptide synthesis. His main interests are the development of novel antibiotics, biocatalysis, bioremediation, and sustainable environment.

E-mail: Muhammad.Arif@oxford-oscar.cn




Dr.Xiong Ziyue/Prof.Jeremy Robertson's group

Dr Xiong joined the Prof. Jeremy Robertson group at OSCAR on Jan 2020. She obtained her PhD degree from Queen’s University Belfast with Prof. Karl J Hale (UK, 2017). Subsequently, she started a postdoctoral fellowship in Prof. Thomas Wirth group at Cardiff University (UK, 2017-2020). In OSCAR, she is working on the applications of C-H hydroxylating enzymes in a variety of synthetic chemistry, especially, the total synthesis of natural products. Her research interests include enzymatic organic synthesis, natural products synthesis, and organic electrochemistry.


Research Technician 



Ji Mengmeng

Research Technician/ Prof Ian Thompson and Prof Wei Huang’s group

Ji Mengmeng’s research interests are development of environmental biotechnology, construction and test of biosensors, and improvement and application of single cell genomic analysis in OSCAR. Meanwhile, she is responsible for equipment/consumable purchasing and daily maintenance of the environmental biotechnology and synthetic biology lab.

E-mail:  Mengmeng.ji@oxford-oscar.cn


Laboratory Manager



Xia Baolong

Xia Baolong has 15 years of chemical lab work experience. In chemical method analysis and research, laboratory management, the use and maintenance of various equipment, laboratory consumable and reagents procurement have a wealth of experience. He will be actively involved in supporting the research and development team.

E-mail:  Baolong.xia@oxford-oscar.cn


Up to six research and research-support positions available