Postdoctoral Associate

phone (617) 253 7866

Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
E25-637, 45 Carleton Street
Cambridge, MA 02142




2020-current– Tenure Track Assistant Professor, School of Oceanography, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
2017-2020– Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT
2013-2017– Ph.D., Organic Geochemistry, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida
2007-2011– B.S., Chemistry, Ocean University of China


My research will focus on searching for viable chemical means for probiotic synthesis of membrane-forming lipids under laboratory conditions..

Select Publications

Zhang, X., Bianchi, T.S., Cui, X., Rosenheim. B., Ping, C-L., Hanna, A.J., Kanevskiy, M., Schreiner, K.M., Allison, M.A. (2017). Permafrost organic carbon mobilization from the watershed to the Colville River delta : evidence fro 14C ramped pyrolysis and lignin biomarkers. Geophysical Research Letters. DOI: 10.1002/2017GL075543.

Zhang, X., Hutchings, J.A., Bianchi, T.S., Liu, Y., Arellano, A.R. and Schuur, E.A. (2017). Importance of lateral flux and its percolation depth on organic carbon export in Arctic tundra soil: implications from a soil leaching experiment. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 122(4), 796-810. DOI: 10.1002/2016JG003754.

Zhang, X., Bianchi, T.S. and Allison, M.A., 2015. Sources of organic matter in sediments of the Colville River delta, Alaska: A multi-proxy approach. Organic Geochemistry87, 96-106. DOI:10.1016/j.orggeochem.2015.07.002.