Faculty and Staff

Professor LUO Haiwei


(Office): Marine Science Laboratory

(Lab): Marine Science Laboratory

People LHW


(Office):(852) 3943 6121, 3943 6017

(Lab): (852) 3943 6770

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2010 Ph.D (Molecular Evolution), University of South Carolina
2008 MSc (Marine Microbiology), University of South Carolina
2004 BSc (Environmental Science), Xiamen University


  • 2015.1  Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, CUHK
  • 2010-2014  Postdoctorial Research Associate, University of Georgia

Research Interests

  • Microbial evolution and ecology, genomics, bioinformatics

Representative Publications (2014-2017)

  • H. Luo*, Y. Huang, R. Stepanauskas, and J. Tang. 2017. Excess of non-conservative amino acid changes in marine bacterioplankton lineages with reduced genomes. Nature Microbiology 2:17091
  • Y. Sun, K.E. Powell, W. Sung, M. Lynch, M.A. Moran, and H. Luo*. 2017. Spontaneous mutations of a model heterotrophic marine bacterium. The ISME Journal 11(7):1713-1718
  • Y. Sun, Y. Zhang, J.T. Hollibaugh, and H. Luo*. 2017. Ecotype diversification of a globally dominant Roseobacter lineage. Environmental Microbiology 19(4):1625-1638
  • H. Luo*, L. Thompson, U. Stingl, and A.L. Hughes. 2015. Selection maintains low genomic GC content in marine SAR11 lineages. Molecular Biology and Evolution 32 (10): 2738-2748
  • H. Luo*. 2015. Evolutionary origin of a streamlined marine bacterioplankton lineage. The ISME Journal 9(6):1423-1433
  • H. Luo and M.A. Moran*. 2015. How do divergent ecological strategies emerge among marine bacterioplankton lineages? Trends in Microbiology 23(9):577-584
  • B.P. Durham, S. Sharma, H. Luo, C.B. Smith, S.A. Amin, S.J. Bender, S.P. Dearth, B.A.S. Van Mooy, S.R. Campagna, E.B. Kujawinski, E.V. Armbrust, and M.A. Moran*. 2015. Cryptic carbon and sulfur cycling between surface ocean plankton. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112 (2): 453-457
  • H. Luo*, B.B. Tolar, B.K. Swan, C.L. Zhang, R. Stepanauskas, M.A. Moran, and J.T. Hollibaugh*. 2014. Single cell genomics shedding light on marine Thaumarchaeota diversification. The ISME Journal 8: 732-736
  • H. Luo, B.K. Swan, R. Stepanauskas, A.L. Hughes, and M.A. Moran*. 2014. Evolutionary analysis of a streamlined lineage of surface ocean Roseobacters. The ISME Journal 8:1428-1439
  • H. Luo and M.A. Moran*. 2014. Evolutionary ecology of the marine Roseobacter clade. Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews 78 (4): 573-587

Research Grants

  • 2018-2020. Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) General Research Fund (GRF), “Roseobacter genome content diversification in a heterogeneous ocean” (14163917), HK$848,714, PI
  • 2018-2021. National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), “Evolution of anaerobic metabolic genes in marine Roseobacters” (41776129), RMB680,000, PI
  • 2017-2025. UGC-AoE, “Center for genomic studies on plant-environment interaction for sustainable agriculture and food security”, HK$81,156,000, co-PI (with Hon-Ming Lam at CUHK as PI and another 14 professors from CUHK, HKU, HKUST, and HKBU as co-PI)
  • 2017-2019. Hong Kong Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF), “Genomic analysis of coral associated bacteria in Hong Kong waters” (15/2016), HK$998,673, PI (with David Baker at HKU as co-I)
  • 2016-2019. National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), “Genomic diversity of marine planktonic Roseobacters and the underlying ecological and evolutionary mechanisms” (41576141), RMB680,000, PI
  • 2016-2018. Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) Early Career Scheme (ECS), “Metabolism and evolution of uncultivated members of a generalist marine bacterial lineage” (24101015), HK$1,067,343, PI


  •  2017. Young Researcher Award, CUHK

Professional Activities

  • Editorship
    • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Microbiology (specialty section “Evolutionary and Genomic Microbiology”)
    • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Marine Science (specialty section “Marine Molecular Biology and Ecology”)
    • Associate Editor, Heliyon (Elsevier)
  • Panel Member for Funding Agency
    • 2017. National Natural Science Foundation of China
  • Research Proposal Reviewer
    • 2017. National Natural Science Foundation of China
    • 2015. U.S. National Science Foundation, OCE Biological Oceanography
    • 2013. U.S. National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology
  • Scientific Journal Reviewer
    • Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, The ISME Journal, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Science Advances, Environmental Microbiology, Molecular Microbiology, and other 16 international journals.