Teaching Staff
CAI, Zongwei - Founding Kwok Yat Wai Endowed Chair of Environmental and Biological Analysis, Chair Professor; Director, Dioxin Analysis Lab.; Director, Partner State Key Lab. of Env. & Biological Analysis

Educational Background
  • B.Sc., Xiamen University, China
  • Ph.D., Marburg University, Germany
  • Postdoctoral: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Professional Appointments

Current Research Interests
  • The major research interest of Prof. Cai is method development and applications of chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry for trace analysis in complex systems such as environment, food and biological matrices, with focus on metabolomics and proteomics research on human health and diseases associated with environmental pollution. 
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Selected Publications  
  1. R. Xiao, X. T. Zhang, X. Zhang, J. H. Niu, M. H. Lu, X. H. Liu, and Z. W. Cai, “Analysis of flavors and fragrances by HPLC with Fe3O4@GO magnetic nanocomposite as the adsorbent”, Talanta, 166, 262-267 (2017).
  2. C. Zhao, Z. Tang, J. C. Yan, J. Fang, H. L. Wang and Z. W. Cai, “Bisphenol S exposure modulate macrophage phenotype as defined by cytokines profiling, global metabolomics and lipidomics analysis”, Sci. Total Environ., 592, 357-365 (2017).
  3. C. Y. Zhou, X. M. Chen, Z. Du, G. K. Li, X. H. Xiao and Z. W. Cai, “A hybrid monolithic column based on boronate-functionalized graphene oxide nanosheets for online specific enrichment of glycoproteins”, J. Chromatography A, 1498, 90-98 (2017).
  4. G. Lin, C. H. Gao, Q. Zheng, Z. X. Lei, H. J. Geng, Z. Lin, H. H. Yang and Z. W. Cai, “Room-temperature synthesis of core-shell structured magnetic covalent organic frameworks for efficient enrichment of peptides and simultaneous exclusion of proteins”, Chem. Commun., 53, 3649-3652 (2017).
  5. P. Chen, F. L. Wang, Z-F. Chen, Q. X. Zhang, Y. H. Su, L. Z. Shen, K. Yao, Y. Liu, Z. W. Cai, W. Y. Lv, G.G. Liu, “Study on the photocatalytic mechanism and detoxicity of gemfibrozil by a sunlight-driven TiO2/carbon dots photocatalyst: The significant roles of reactive oxygen species”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 204, 250-9 (2017).
  6. H. Li, M. Wang, Q. D. Liang, S. N. Jin, X. J. Sun, Y. Q. Jiang, X. Y. Pan, Y. Q. Zhou, Y. Peng, B. Zhang, A. F. Zhou, Y. M. Zhang, Z. Chen, J. X. Cao, H. L. Zhang, W. Xia, T. Z. Zheng, Z. W. Cai, Y. Y. Li, S. Q. Xu, “Urinary metabolomics revealed arsenic exposure related to metabolic alterations in general Chinese pregnant women”, J. Chromatography A, 1479, 145–152 (2017).
  7. Y. H. Zhong, Z-F. Chen, S- S. Liu, X. X. Dai, X. P. Zhu, G. M. Zheng, S. G. Liu, G. G. Liu, Z. W. Cai, “Analysis of azole fungicides in fish muscle tissues: Multi-factor optimization and application to environmental samples”, J. Hazardous Materials, 324, 535-543 (2017). 
  8. Q. Wu, J. Fang, S. F. Li, J. T. Wei, Z. Y. Yang, H. Z. Zhao, C. Zhao and Z. W. Cai, “Interaction of bisphenol A 3,4-quinone metabolite with glutathione and ribonucleosides/ deoxyribonucleosides in vitro”, J. Hazardous Materials, 323, 195-202 (2017).
  9. T. Fatemeh and Z. W. Cai, “Fate and mass balance of triclosan and its degradation products: Comparison of three different types of wastewater treatments and aerobic/anaerobic sludge digestion”, J. Hazardous Materials, 323, 329-340 (2017).
  10. X. N. Li, C. C. Wong, Z. Tang, J. L. Wu, S. F. Li, Y. Qian, J. Y. Xu, Z. Y. Yang, Y. Shen, J. Yu and Z. W. Cai, “Determination of amino acids in colon cancer cells by using UHPLC-MS/MS and U-C-13(5) -glutamine as the isotope tracer”, Talanta, 162, 285-292(2017).
  11. C. C. Wong, Y. Qian, X. N. Li, J. Y. Xu, W. Kang, J. H. Tong, K-F. To, Y. Jin, W. L. Li, H. R. Chen, M. Y. Y. Go, J-L. Wu, K. W. Cheng, S. S. M. Ng, J. J. Y. Sung, Z.W. Cai and J. Yu, “SLC25A22 Promotes Proliferation and Survival of Colorectal Cancer Cells with KRAS Mutations and Xenograft Tumor Progression in Mice via Intracellular Synthesis of Aspartate”, Gastroenterology, 151(5), 945 (2016).
  12. X. Gao, S-H. Lin, F. Ren, J-T. Li, J-J. Chen, C-B. Yao, H-B. Yang, S-X. Jiang, G-Q Yan, D. Wang, Y. Wang, Y. Liu, Z. W. Cai, Y-Y. Xu, J. Chen, W. Q. Yu, P-Y. Yang and Q-Y. Lei, “Acetate functions as an epigenetic metabolite to promote lipid synthesis under hypoxia”, Nature Communications, 7, 11960 (2016).