Dr Zhiling Zhiling Guo PhD

Dr Zhiling Zhiling Guo

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Marie Curie Research Fellow

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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr. Zhiling Guo is an environmental scientist and toxicologist who has multidisciplinary expertise including environmental toxicology and molecular toxicology.




Dr. Zhiling Guo joined GEES on April 1st, 2018 as a Marie Curie Fellow. She completed her PhD at the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China), with part of her PhD project completed at University of Connecticut (USA), where she worked as a joint PhD student for two years.

After PhD graduation, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (CAS) for two years, where she studied the molecular toxicity of dioxin, arsenic and nanomaterials.   Then she worked in neuropsychopharmacology at McGill University (Canada) as a postdoctoral fellow for another two years.

Her research now mainly focuses on the neurotoxicity of engineered nanomaterials. She has versatile expertise on environmental biology, bioinformatics and toxicology. She is currently the author of 12 peer reviewed papers.


Research Interests:

Molecular toxicity of environmental pollutants (e.g., organic pollutants, nanomaterials, heavy metals); Functional genomics/Genomics/Proteomics/Metabonomics;

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Zhiling is now a member of Society of Toxicology (USA).


  1. Guo ZL, Xie HQ, Zhang P, Luo YL, et al. 2018. Dioxins as potential risk factors for autism spectrum disorder. Environment International. (in press)
  2. Guo ZL, Tse YC, et al. 2018. Prenatal immune activation potentiates endocannabinoid-related plasticity of inhibitory synapses in the hippocampus of adolescent rat offspring. European Neuropsychopharmacology. doi: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2018.09.003
  3. Guo ZL, Xie CJ, Zhang P, et al. 2016. Toxicity and transformation of graphene oxide and reduced graphene oxide in bacteria biofilm. Science of the Total Environment. 580: 1300-1308.
  4. Guo ZL, Hu Q, Tian JJ, et al. 2016. Proteomic profiling reveals candidate markers for arsenic-induced skin keratosis. Environmental Pollution, 218: 34-38.
  5. Guo ZL, Zhang H, and Lin S. 2014. Light-promoted rhodopsin expression and starvation survival in the marine dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marina. PloS ONE, 9(12): e114941.
  6. Guo ZL, Zhang H, Liu S, and Lin SJ. 2013. Biology of the marine heterotrophic dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marina: current status and future directions. Microorganisms, 1: 33–57.
  7. Guo ZL, Liu S, Hu SM, et al. 2012. Prevalent Ciliate Symbiosis on Copepods: High Genetic Diversity and Wide Distribution Detected Using Small Subunit Ribosomal RNA Gene. PloS ONE, 7(9): 1-9.
  8. Hu SM, Guo ZL (co-first author), Li T, et al. 2015. Molecular analysis of in situ diets of coral reef copepods: evidence of terrestrial plant detritus as a food source in Sanya Bay, China. Journal of Plankton Research, 37(2): 363-371.
  9. Hu SM, Guo ZL (co-first author), Li T, et al. 2014. Detecting in situ copepod diet diversity using molecular technique: development of a copepod/symbiotic ciliate-excluding eukaryote-inclusive PCR protocol. PloS ONE,9(7): e103528.
  10. Liu S, Guo ZL, Li T, et al. 2011. Photosynthetic efficiency, cell volume, and elemental stoichiometric ratios in Thalassirosira weissflogii under phosphorus limitation. Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology, 29(5): 1048-1056.
  11. Tian WJ, Fu HL, Xu T, Xu SL, Guo ZL, et al. 2018. SLC6A19 is a novel putative gene, induced by dioxins via AhR in human hepatoma HepG2 cells. Environmental Pollution, 237: 508-514.
  12. Fu HL, Xia YJ, Chen YS, Xu T, Xu L, Guo ZL, et al. 2018. Acetylcholinesterase Is a Potential Biomarker for a Broad Spectrum of Organic Environmental Pollutants. Environmental Science & Technology, 52: 8065-8074.
  13. Liu S, Li T, Huang H, Guo ZL, Huang LM, Wang WX. 2010. Feeding efficiency of a marine copepod Acartia erythraea on eight different algal diets. Acta. Ecologica. Sinica, 30: 22-26.
  14. Hu SM, Liu S, Li T, Guo ZL. Advances in feeding ecology of Acartia. Acta. Ecologica. Sinica. 2012, 32(18): 5871-5877.


  1. Guo ZL,Liu S, Lin SJ, Li T, Hu SM. Method for extracting DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) of total genome from zooplankter. 2012. China Patent, CN 102250882 A.

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