Dr. Liu's Lab on Marine Plankton Ecology



Xiaomin Xia



Research area

Genetic diversity and pigment of marine picocyanobacteria






Division of Life Science


Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)


School of Life Science
Xiamen University




B.S. Biology


School of Life Science
Xiamen University





Work experience

 Research Assistant, State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science
 Xiamen University (2009-2012)




1Xiaomin Xia, Hongbin Liu. Use of a new, improved primer set, which targets the cpeBA operon, to study the genetic diversity of Synechococcus pigment along two optical transects in the China seas. Submitted to Microbial Ecology.

2Xiaomin Xia, Fred Partensky, Laurence Garczarek, Koji Suzuki, Cui Guo, Yan Cheung, S. and Hongbin Liu: Phylogeography and pigment type diversity of Synechococcus cyanobacteria in surface waters of the northwestern Pacific Ocean. Environmental Microbiology 01/2017, 19: 142–158. DOI:10.1111/1462-2920.13541

3Xiaomin Xia, Nayani K Vidyarathna, Brian Palenik, Puiyin Lee, Hongbin Liu: Comparison of the Seasonal Variations of Synechococcus Assemblage Structures in Estuarine Waters and Coastal Waters of Hong Kong. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 08/2015; 81(21). DOI:10.1128/AEM.01895-15

4Xiaomin Xia, Jianjun Wang, Jiabin Ji, Jiexia Zhang, Liqi Chen, Rui Zhang: Bacterial Communities in Marine Aerosols Revealed by 454 Pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA Gene. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 05/2015; 72(8):150513122239009. DOI:10.1175/JAS-D-15-0008.1

5Xiaomin Xia, Wang Guo, Hongbin Liu: Dynamics of the bacterial and archaeal communities in the Northern South China Sea revealed by 454 pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA gene. Deep Sea Research Part II Topical Studies in Oceanography 05/2015; 117. DOI:10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.05.016

6.   Rui Zhang*, Xiaomin Xia*, S. C. K. Lau, C. Motegi, M. G. Weinbauer, and N. Jiao: Response of bacterioplankton community structure to an artificial gradient of pCO2in the Arctic Ocean. Biogeosciences 06/2013; 10:3679-3689. DOI:10.5194/bg-10-3679-2013(*equal contribution)

7Xiaomin Xia, Timothy K Lie, Xiaoming Qian, Zhonghui Zheng, Yaojian Huang, Yuemao Shen: Species Diversity, Distribution, and Genetic Structure of Endophytic and Epiphytic Trichoderma Associated with Banana Roots. Microbial Ecology 11/2010; 61(3):619-25. DOI:10.1007/s00248-010-9770-y

8Cui Guo, Xiaomin Xia, Paraskevi Pitta, Barak Herut, Eyal Rahav, Ilana Berman-Frank, Antonia Giannakourou, Anastasia Tsiola, Tatiana M. Tsagaraki, Hongbin Liu: Shifts in Microbial Community Structure and Activity in the Ultra-Oligotrophic Eastern Mediterranean Sea Driven by the Deposition of Saharan Dust and European Aerosols. Frontiers in Marine Science 09/2016; DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00170

9.  Emma Rocke, Hongmei Jing, Xiaomin Xia, Hongbin Liu: Effects of Hypoxia on the Phylogenetic Composition and Species Distribution of Protists in a Subtropical Harbor. Microbial Ecology 03/2016; DOI:10.1007/s00248-016-0751-7

10. Shunyan Cheung, Xiaomin Xia, Cui Guo, Hongbin Liu: Diazotroph community structure in the deep oxygen minimum zone of the Costa Rica Dome. Journal of Plankton Research 02/2016; DOI:10.1093/plankt/fbw003

11. Hongmei Jing, Xiaomin Xia, Hongbin Liu, Zhi Zhou, Chen Wu, Sanjay Nagarajan: Anthropogenic impact on diazotrophic diversity in the mangrove rhizosphere revealed by nifH pyrosequencing. Frontiers in Microbiology 10/2015; DOI:10.3389/fmicb.2015.01172/full

12. Hongmei Jing, Emma Rocke, Liangliang Kong, Xiaomin Xia, Hongbin Liu, M. R. Landry: Protist communities in a marine oxygen minimum zone off Costa Rica by 454 pyrosequencing. Biogeosciences Discussions 08/2015; 12(16):13483-13509. DOI:10.5194/bgd-12-13483-2015

13. Hongmei Jing, Xiaomin Xia, Koji Suzuki, Hongbin Liu: Vertical profiles of bacteria in the tropical and subarctic oceans revealed by pyrosequencing. PLoS One 8: e79423. PLoS ONE 11/2013; 8(11):e79423. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0079423

14. Qiang Zheng, Yanan Wang, Chuang Chen, Yu Wang, Xiaomin Xia, Yingnan Fu, Rui Zhang, Nianzhi Jiao: Paracoccus beibuensis sp. nov., Isolated from the South China Sea. Current Microbiology 10/2010; 62(3):710-4. DOI:10.1007/s00284-010-9768-1