Dr. Mingsheng Jia

Telephone number: 
+32 9/264 59 76
Visiting scientists

Professional Experience

  • 2021 – ongoing: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium.
  • 2020: Postdoctoral Researcher, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.
  • 2012 – 2014: Research Assitant, Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen, China.


  • 2014–2019: PhD in Bioscience Engineering: Environmental Science & Technology, Ghent University, Belgium. "Nitrogen conversions in wastewater: from microbial interactions to process evaluations"
  • 2011–2014: MSc in Environmental Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. "Temporal and spatial variability of greenhouse gases emission from landfills and leachate treatment"

Research Interests

  • Biological Nitrogen Conversions
  • Applied Microbiol Ecology
  • Process Modeling
  • Sustainable Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery
Selected key publications: 
• Jia, M., Winkler, M.K.H. and Volcke, E.I.P. (2020) Elucidating the competition between heterotrophic denitrification and DNRA using the resource-ratio theory. Environmental Science & Technology, 2020, acs.est.0c01776.
• Jia, M., Solon, K., Vandeplassche. D., Venugopal, H. and Volcke, E.I.P. (2019) Model-based evaluation of an integrated high-rate activated sludge and mainstream anammox system. Chemical Engineering Journal, 382 (2020) 122878.
• Jia, M., Castro-Barros, C.M., Winkler, M.K.H. and Volcke, E.I.P. (2018) Effect of organic matter on the performance and N2O emission of a granular sludge anammox reactor. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology 4, 1035–1046. (Best Papers 2018)
• Castro-Barros, C.M., Jia, M., van Loosdrecht, M.C.M., Volcke, E.I.P. and Winkler, M.K.H. (2017) Evaluating the potential for dissimilatory nitrate reduction by anammox bacteria for municipal wastewater treatment. Bioresource Technology 233: 363-372.
• Wang, X., Jia, M., Zhang, C., Chen, S. and Cai, Z. (2017) Leachate treatment in landfills is a significant N2O source. Science of The Total Environment 596–597: 18-25.