Dr. Nan Hui defended his PhD thesis in the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki in 2010. The PhD study, supervised by Prof. Martin Romantschuk and Prof. Rauni Strömmer, is about Microbial Diversity in Pb Contaminated Forest Soil. As a researcher, he worked very efficiently, showing great initiative both in reporting the results in scientific articles and applying research projects. Although Dr. Nan Hui has spanned a wide area of microbial and environmental issues (e.g. heavy metal contamination, compost, soil pollution and bioremediation, urbanization, plant functional groups), he has always been the expert in the area of statistics (R and SAS), DNA sequencing analysis (NGS), bioinformatics (Mothur, Galaxy) and DNA based microbial community analysis. Of particular interest for the microbial ecology is that he has been responsible for screening the bacterial communities in relation to environmental health. Here he has found, in collaboration with his coworkers that the abundance and community composition of proteobacteria in the environment appears to play an important role in the wellbeing of the local residents.
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