Fangqiong Ling

Green Hall, Room 3120E

PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016
MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
BS, Tsinghua University, 2008

Fangqiong Ling

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Assistant Professor


Fangqiong Ling leads a computational and experimental lab to study bacterial colonization and transmission at the boundary of built and natural environments. She explores microbiomes as environmental sensors and public health sentinels.


Her research employs genomics, machine learning and theory. The lab’s ultimate goal is to discover the principles underlying the diversity, functioning and resilience of microbial ecosystems and develop tools to enable ecologically aware designs. Current research topics and interests include:

  • Assembly, structure and dynamics of bacterial communities in tap water and water supply networks
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in biofuel production processes
  • Development of population matrices based on personal microbiome data
  • Development of tools to tackle hospital-acquired infections


Fangqiong Ling joined the WashU faculty in August 2018. Prior to joining WashU, Fangiqong was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Microbiology of the Built Environment Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Studies microbial ecosystems to improve water supply safety and public health

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