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Institut de minéralogie, de physique des matériaux et de cosmochimie

Jinhua Li



Microbe-mineral interactions

Microbial iron mineralization

Experimental fossilization

Microfossils and fossil biominerals

Contact Details


Office : T22/23, 5th Floor, Room 08

Telephone : 01 44 27 75 41

Mail : lijinhua @

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Analytical Skills

  - High Resolution Electron Microscopy (SEM, TEM, FIB)

  - Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy (STXM)

  - Rock Magnetism and Microbiology

Professional Resume

  - Associate Professor, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Beijing, China, since 2013

  - Postdoctoral Fellow at IMPMC – ERC Calcyan since 2013

  - 2012-2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at IMPMC – Simone Del Duca

  - 2010-2012: Post-doctoral Scientist, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Beijing, China

Educational background

  - Ph.D. in Solid Earth Geophysics, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Beijing, China - January 2010


  - Li, J. H., Bernard, S., Benzerara, J., Beysacc O., K., Allard, T., Cosmidis, J., Moussou, Impact of biomineralization on the preservation of microorganisms during fossilization: an experimental perspective. Undereview.

  - Li, J. H., Benzerara, K., Bernard, S., Beysacc O., (2013). The link between biomineralization and  fossilization of bacteria: insights from field and experimental studies. Chem. Geol., 359, 49-69. (Invited review).

  - Li, J. H., Ge, K.P., Pan, Y.X., Williams, W., Liu, Q.S., Qin, H.F., (2013). A very strong angular dependence of magnetic properties of magnetosome chains: Implications for rock magnetism and paleomagnetism. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 14(10): 3887-3907, doi: 10.1002/ggge.20228.

   - Chen, H. T., Lin, W., Wang, Y.Z., Li, J.H., Chen, G.J., Pan, Y.X., 2013. Diversity and magnetism of magnetotactic bacteria in Lake Weiyang near Xi’An city. Quaternary Sci.33(1): 88-96 (In Chinese).

   - Wang, Y.Z., Lin, W., Li, J.H., Pan, Y. X., 2013. Changes of cell growth and magnetosome biomineralization in Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1 after ultraviolet-B irradiation. Front. Microbiol. 4, doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00397.           

   - Wu, W.F., Wang, F.P., Li, J.H., Yang, X.W., Xiao, X., Pan, Y.X., 2013. Iron reduction and mineralization of deep-sea iron reducing bacterium Shewanella piezotolerans WP3 at elevated hydrostatic pressures. Geobiology n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1111/gbi.12061.

   - Yang, J., Li, S.Q., Huang, X.L., Li, J.H., Li, L., Pan, Y.X., Li, Y., 2013. MamX encoded by the mamXY operon is involved in control of magnetosome maturation in Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense MSR-1. BMC Microbiology 13, 203.

   - Jandacka, P., Alexa, P., Pistora, J., Li, J. H., Vojtkova, H., Ballirano, P., (2013). Size distributions of nanoparticles from magnetotactic bacteria as signatures of biologically controlled mineralization. Am. Mineral., 98, 2105-2114.

   - Walls, M., Cao, C. Q., Yu-Zhang, K., Li, J. H., Pan, Y. X., (2013). Identification of Ferrous-Ferric Fe3O4 Nanoparticles in Recombinant Human Ferritin Cages. Microsc. Microanal., 19, 835-841. 

   - Su, Y. L., Gao, X., Liu, Q. S., Wang, J. B., Haberzettl, T., Zhu, L. P., Li, J. H., Duan, Z. Q., Tian, L. D. (2013). Mineral magnetic study of lacustrine sediments from Lake Pumoyum Co, southern Tibet, over the last 19 ka and paleoenvironmental significance. Tectonophysics 588, 209-221.

   - Wang, Y. Z., W. Lin, J. H. Li, and Y. X. Pan (2013), High Diversity of the δ-proteobacteria Magnetotactic Bacteria in a Freshwater Niche, Appl. Environ. Microbiol., doi: 10.1128/​AEM.03635-12.

   - Zhou, K., W.Y. Zhang, H.M. Pan, J.H. Li, H.D.Yue, T. Xiao, L.F. Wu, (2013). Adaptation of spherical multicellular magnetotactic prokaryotes to the geochemically variable habitat of an intertidal zone. Environ. Microbiol. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12057.

  - Li, J. H., W. F. Wu, Q. S. Liu, and Y. X. Pan (2012), Magnetic anisotropy, magnetostatic interaction and the identification of magnetofossils, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 13, Q10Z51, doi:10.1029/2012GC004384.

  - Li, J. H., and Y. X. Pan (2012), Environmental factors affect magnetite magnetosome synthesis in Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1: Implications for biologically controlled mineralization, Geomicrobiol. J., 29, 362-373.

  - Li, J. H., and Y. X. Pan (2012), Environmental factors affect magnetite magnetosome synthesis in Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1: Implications for biologically controlled mineralization, Geomicrobiol. J., 29, 362-373.

   - Lin, W., J. H. Li, and Y. X. Pan (2012), Newly Isolated but Uncultivated Magnetotactic Bacterium of the Phylum Nitrospirae from Beijing, China, Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 78, 668-675.

   - Wu, W. F., B. Li, J. Hu, J. H. Li, F. P. Wang, and Y. X. Pan (2011), Iron reduction and magnetite biomineralization mediated by a deep-sea iron-reducing bacterium Shewanella piezotolerans WP3, J. Geophys. Res., 116, G04034, doi:04010.01029/02011JG001728.

   - Li, B., W. F. Wu, J. H. Li, and Y. X. Pan (2011), Effects of temperature on biomineralization of iron reducing bacteria Shewanella putrefaciens CN32, Chinese J. Geophys. (in Chinese), 54, 2631-2638.

  - Li, J. H., X. Ge, X. K. Zhang, G. J. Chen, and Y. X. Pan (2010a), Recover vigorous cells of Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1 by capillary magnetic separation, Chin. J. Oceanol. Limnol., 28, 826-831.

  - Li, J. H., Y. X. Pan, Q. S. Liu, H. F. Qin, C. L. Deng, R. C. Che, and X. A. Yang (2010b), A comparative study of magnetic properties between whole cells and isolated magnetosomes of Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1, Chin. Sci. Bull., 55, 38-44.

  - Li, J. H., Y. X. Pan, Q. S. Liu, K. Yu-Zhang, N. Menguy, R. C. Che, H. F. Qin, W. Lin, W. F. Wu, N. Petersen, and X. A. Yang (2010c), Biomineralization, crystallography and magnetic properties of bullet-shaped magnetite magnetosomes in giant rod magnetotactic bacteria, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 293, 368-376.

  - Ding, Y., J. H. Li, J. N. Liu, J. Yang, W. Jiang, J. S. Tian, Y. Li, Y. X. Pan, and J. L. Li (2010), Deletion of the ftsZ-Like Gene Results in the Production of Superparamagnetic Magnetite Magnetosomes in Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense, J. Bacteriol., 192, 1097-1105.

   - Wu, W. F., J. H. Li, C. X. Zhang, and Y. X. Pan (2010), Effects of organic matter on thermal stability of nanometer-sized magnetite, Chinese J. Geophys. (in Chinese), 53, 2427-2434.

   - Zhu, K. L., H. M. Pan, J. H. Li, K. Yu-Zhang, S. D. Zhang, W. Y. Zhang, K. Zhou, H. D. Yue, Y. X. Pan, T. Xiao, and L. F. Wu (2010), Isolation and characterization of a marine magnetotactic spirillum axenic culture QH-2 from an intertidal zone of the China Sea, Rev. Microbiol., 161, 276-283.

   - Li, J. H., Y. X. Pan, G. J. Chen, Q. S. Liu, L. X. Tian, and W. Lin (2009), Magnetite magnetosome and fragmental chain formation of Magnetospirillum magneticum AMB-1: Transmission electron microscopy and magnetic observations, Geophys. J. Int., 177, 33-42

   - Lin, W., J. H. Li, D. Schüler, C. Jogler, and Y. X. Pan (2009), Diversity analysis of magnetotactic bacteria in Lake Miyun, northern China, by restriction fragment length polymorphism, Syst. Appl. Microbiol., 32, 342-350.

   - Pan, Y. X., W. Lin, J. H. Li, W. F. Wu, L. X. Tian, C. L. Deng, Q. S. Liu, R. X. Zhu, M. Winklhofer, and N. Petersen (2009), Reduced efficiency of magnetotaxis in magnetotactic coccoid bacteria in higher than geomagnetic fields, Biophys. J., 97, 986-991.

  - Lin, W., L. X. Tian, J. H. Li, and Y. X. Pan (2008), Does capillary racetrack-based enrichment reflect the diversity of uncultivated magnetotactic cocci in environmental samples?, FEMS Microbiol. Lett., 279, 202-206.

  - Wang, L., Y. X. Pan, J. H. Li, and H. F. Qin (2008), Magnetic properties related to thermal treatment of pyrite, Science in China Series D-Earth Sciences, 51, 1144-1153.


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Geobio Team @ IMPMC

The Geobio Team @ IMPMC brings together :

 - 10 permanent members

 - 3 postdoctoral fellows

 - 6 PhD students