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Yijun Zhu

Research Profile

My PhD project is about establishing the genetic, biochemical and biophysical characteristics of a novel Trimethylamine N-oxide demethylase (Tdm) identified in Methylocella silvestris BL2, an alphaproteobacterium isolated from a modestly acidic forest soil. I am supervised by Dr Yin Chen and Dr Hendrik Schäfer.

Research is funded by MIBTP (Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership) and Warwick Chancellor's International Scholarship.


20th European Nitrogen Cycle Meeting 2015, Aberdeen

Molecular Microbial Ecology Group (MMEG) meeting 2014, Bangor

Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership (MIBTP) symposium 2014, Leicester

SGM Annual Conference 2014, Liverpool


Zhu, Y., Jameson, E., Crosatti, M., Schäfer, H., Rajakumar, K., Bugg, T.D.H., Chen, Y* (2014) 'Carnitine metabolism to trimethylamine by an unusual Rieske-type oxygenase from human microbiota', Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences (USA), 111(11):4268–4273.

Zhu, Y., Jameson, E., Parslow, R.A., Lidbury, I., Fu, T., Dafforn, T.R., Schäfer, H., Chen, Y*. (2014) 'Identification and characterization of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) demethylase and TMAO permease in Methylocella silvestris BL2', Environmental Microbiology, 16(10):3318-30.


Society of General Microbiology, United Kingdom

Society for Applided Microbiology, United Kingdom


Yijun Zhu

Yijun dot Zhu at warwick dot ac dot uk