Anan Zhao

Research interests

My interests with mycology started with edible mushrooms because they are my favorite food. I became more curious about the relationship and interaction between fungi and forests, agricultural plants, bacteria, polymers, etc., as well as the ecological roles and biodegradation potential of fungi in the natural environment. I am also interested in laboratory techniques and analytical instruments for microbiological, chemical, and molecular analyses.


I have a M.Sc. in Biology from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2013, a B.Ag. in Forestry from Beijing Forestry University (China) in 2007, and a diploma in Bioscience Technology from Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Canada) in 2022. I worked at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in 2022 as a laboratory technician with Fusarium graminearum control for canola, sclerotia growth and ascospores collection of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. After that, I worked at Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) in 2023 as a staff engineer on wood sample treatment and analyses with accelerated solvent extraction (ASE), GC-MS, SRC microwave digestion. Currently I am working at Norwegian Veterinary Institute as a PhD candidate in Jekyll and Hyde project, which focuses on the complex relationship between fungi and plastic litter, with the effects from biocides (azoles).

Ongoing project

Jekyll and Hyde: Could fungi be Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the plastic litter problem? (Funded by the Research Council of Norway, project number: 336251, 2022.09.01 – 2027.08.31)