Wei Xiong

Wei Xiong

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Wei Xiong received a B.S. and an M.S. in Microbiology at Central China Agricultural University. He earned a Ph.D. in Biosciences in 2010 from Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he studied biofuel production from microalgae/cyanobacteria using systems biology approaches. Prior to joining NREL, Dr. Xiong worked on cyanobacterial carbon metabolism at Arizona State University’s Center of Photosynthesis and Bioenergy as a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Wim Vermaas. Dr. Xiong was awarded the NREL Director’s Fellowship in 2013. He is currently working with Dr. Jianping Yu in Bioscience Center, on photo-biological production of ethylene from cyanobacteria. This research project employs metabolomic and synthetic biology approaches to explore and re-engineer the central carbon metabolism in order to create robust ethylene producing strains.


  • 2010, Ph.D., Biology, Tsinghua University

  • 2005, M.S., Microbiology, Central China Agricultural University

  • 2002, B.S., Microbiology, Central China Agricultural University

Selected Publications 

  1. Xiong, Wei; Liu, Lixia; Wu, Chao; Yang, Chen; Wu, Qingyu "C tracer and GC-MS analyses reveal metabolic flux distribution in oleaginous microalga Chlorella protothecoides.."
  2. Xiong, Wei; Gao, Chunfang; Yan, Dong; Wu, Chao; Wu, Qingyu (April 2010). "Double CO2 fixation inphotosynthesis-fermentation model enhances algal lipid synthesis for biodiesel production.." Bioresource Technology (101:7); pp. 2287-22933.
  3. Gao, Yang; Xiong, Wei; Gao, Chunfang; Li, Han; Wu, Qingyu "Identification of the proteomic changes in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 following prolonged UV-B irradiation.."
  4. Xiong, Wei; Li, Xiufeng; Xiang, Jinyi; Wu, Qingyu (2008). "High-density fermentation of microalga Chlorella protothecoides in bioreactor for microbio-diesel production.." Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (78:1); pp. 29-36.
  5. Gao, Chunfang; Xiong, Wei; Zhang, Yiliang; Yuan, Wenqiao; Wu, Qingyu (2008). "Rapid quantitation of lipid in microalgae by time-domain nuclear magnetic resonance.." Journal of Microbiological Methods (75:3); pp. 437-440.
  6. Xiong, Wei; He, Mingjia; Li, Xiufeng; Gao, Yang; Wu, Qingyu (October 2007). "Identification and biochemical properties of Dps (starvation-induced DNA binding protein) from cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. PCC 7120.." IUBMB Life (59:10); pp. 675-681.