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Jean J. Huang, Ph.D.

Jean J. Huang

Associate Professor of Biology

Milas Hall 266


Ph.D., Biology, California Institute of Technology
B.A., Biology, Wellesley College

Select Courses Taught

Principles of Modern Biology
Microbial Diversity
Engineered Microbial Systems
Sustainability Synthesis Capstone (Babson, Olin, Wellesley Collaboration)


Microbial Diversity and Cultivation Photosynthetic bacteria
Microbial Ecology and Community Interactions


Dr. Jean Huang joins Olin from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Microbiology. She received a Ph.D. in biology from the California Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Biology from Wellesley College. Dr. Huang has also studied the microbial world at the Marine Biological laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, first as a student and then as a teaching assistant for the Microbial Diversity Summer Course. Dr. Huang is recipient of a teaching award from Caltech, and she was a US EPA STAR predoctoral fellow. She has also been a faculty collaborator for the DOE-JGI Undergraduate Genome Annotation Program and a participant of the NSF/ASM Biology Scholars Program. Dr. Huang is enthusiastic about studying the diversity and physiology of photosynthetic bacteria and about applying bacterial metabolic capabilities towards solving environmental challenges.

Select Publications

Huang, J.J., Heiniger, E, Mckinlay, J and C.S. Harwood. (2010) Production of hydrogen gas from light and the inorganic electron donor thiosulfate by Rhodopseudomonas palustris. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76 (23): 7717-22.
Schaefer, A.L., Greenberg, E.P., Oliver, C.M., Oda, Y., Huang, J.J., Banin, G., Peres, C.M., Schmidt, S., Juhaszova, K., Sufrin, J. and Harwood, C.S. (2008) A new class of acyl-homoserine lactone quorum sensing signals. Nature. 454:595-9.
Wang, Y-J., Huang, J.J., Leadbetter, J.R. (2007) Signal decay: an intrinsic aspect of bacterial cell-cell communications. Advances in Applied Microbiology. 61:27-58.