Dr Ke-Qing Xiao

Dr Ke-Qing Xiao


I joined the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds from September 2018.  My current research is supported by the ERC project “MinOrg” leaded by Prof. Caroline Peacock. The major work is to characterize microbial degradation of various mineral-associated organic carbons, involving adsorption and desorption of these chemicals by minerals, which will finally contribute to the biogeochemical modelling of organic carbon in marine system. Before this, I was awared my PhD degree from Aarhus University, Denmark. My PhD project focused on microbial methane cycling in marine surface sediment.

Research interests

I am a geomicrobiologist and have always been fascinated by the incredible power in the tiny, and (most of the time) invisible microbes. My main research interest lies in understanding microbially-mediated geochemical processes, and my past projects focus on CO2 fixation and methane cycling in soils and sediments. I am always glad to combine geochemical and microbiological analysis to get a better understanding of our mother nature!

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  • PhD, Geomicrobiology
  • MSc, Soil microbiology
  • BSc, Environment Engineering

Professional memberships

  • European Association of Geochemistry

Student education

I have been a teaching assistant in microbiology and geomicrobiology courses for bachelor and master students at Aarhus University during my PhD stay there.

Research groups and institutes

  • Earth Surface Science Institute
  • Cohen Geochemistry