Scientists Reveal Cancer's Atomic Secrets — 'Whole New Layer to Medicine'
May 7, 2024

Prof. Xinning Zhang and former research fellow Ashley Malone, along with other scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder, for the first time, uncovered the atomic fingerprints of cancer. The discovery offers an exciting opportunity for early cancer diagnosis, potentially improving survival outcomes for thousands of patients. 

Katja's publication receives international press
Aug. 23, 2021
Written by Steven Pilon, Microbites,

Katja's recent publication, "Carbon substrate re-orders relative growth of a bacterium using Mo-, V-, or Fe-nitrogenase for nitrogen fixation" just received international press from a group of grad students…

A Soil-Science Revolution Upends Plans to Fight Climate Change
July 27, 2021
Written by Gabriel Popkin, Quanta Magazine
Before soil science settles on a new theory, there will doubtless be more surprises. One may have been delivered recently by a group of researchers at Princeton University including Xinning Zhang, Professor of Geosciences (related article), who constructed a simplified artificial soil using microfluidic devices — essentially, tiny plastic channels for moving around bits of fluid and cells.
The ComPOSTer: Interview with Professor Zhang
Feb. 26, 2021
Written by Gina Talt
Our faculty Q&A series wraps up with an update from Professor Xinning Zhang, an environmental microbiologist jointly appointed in the Department of Geosciences and the High Meadows Environmental Institute. This month, the ComPOSTer interviewed Dr. Zhang to learn more about how her lab is extending its research in microbial metabolism and biogeochemcical cycling on the Princeton campus, and how it relates to environmental justice.
Congratulations to Ashley Maloney
Nov. 4, 2020
Written by Department of Geosciences

Ashley Maloney is a recipient of the 2020 Simons Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Marine MicrobialEcology 

Congratulations Eunah Han!
May 8, 2020
Written by Xinning Zhang

Eunah was awarded a PEI HACK award for her proposed research to study hydrological effects on alternative nase activity!


Congratulations Katja!
Feb. 12, 2020

Katja Luxem’s paper "Carbon substrate re-orders relative growth of a bacterium using Mo-, V-, or Fe-nitrogenase for nitrogen fixation" was just accepted to Environmental Microbiology. Congratulations Katja!"

Katja E. Luxem, Anne M.L. Kraepiel, Lichun Zhang, Jacob R. Waldbauer, Xinning Zhang. Carbon substrate re-orders relative growth…

How wetlands contribute to climate change
Dec. 9, 2019
Written by Tom Garlinghouse

One of the environmental questions Zhang is exploring is why methane, a significant greenhouse gas, is increasing in the atmosphere. Although public focus has largely been on rising levels of carbon dioxide, methane is roughly 30 times more potent at trapping heat.

Congratulations Dr. Shannon Haynes!
Nov. 21, 2019

A huge congratulations to Dr. Shannon Haynes, who successfully completed and defended her Ph.D. thesis on geochemical proxies of ancient ocean circulation, all while managing to be an awesome lab manager for the Zhang group.

Romain Darnajoux's new paper in PNAS explains nature's backup plan for converting nitrogen into plant nutrients
Nov. 11, 2019
Written by Joseph Albanese

First author Romain Darnajoux, a postdoctoral research associate in Zhang’s research group, explained that the findings validate a long-held hypothesis in the scientific community that different metal variants of nitrogenase exist so that organisms can cope…