Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame




Na Wei

Office:  106E Cushing Hall of Engineering

Phone:  574-631-5164


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Current Position
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences

Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Environmental Science and Engineering (Highest honors), Sichuan University, China

Research Interests
The overarching research theme of the Wei lab is to understand and manipulate microbial processes at the molecular level for beneficial biotransformation in environmental engineering. Our research interests lie at the intersection of environmental engineering and synthetic and systems biology, with a focus on 1) waste-to-energy and value-added biotransformation, and 2) biocatalysis for water treatment and reuse. Particularly, waste-based bio-refinery is of growing interest and significance to provide new sources of fuels and valuable chemicals while valorizing wastes and meeting environmental quality goals. Under this background, a main aspect of our research is focused on developing novel biocatalysts and microbial systems to produce biofuels from waste materials/streams by metabolic engineering.

Key Words
Renewable Biofuels, Waste-To-Energy, Biocatalysis, Metabolic Engineering, Synthetic and Systems Biology, Bioremediation

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. Na Wei, J. Quarterman, S.R. Kim, J. H. D. Cate and Y.S. Jin, Enhanced biofuel production through coupled acetic acid and xylose consumption by engineered yeast, Nature Communications, 2013(4).
  2. Na Wei, E.J. Oh, G. Million, Jamie H. D. Cate, and Y.S. Jin, Co-utilization of cellobiose, xylose, and acetic acid from lignocellulosic biomass for biofuel production by an engineered yeast platform, ACS synthetic biology, 2015.
  3. Stephan Lane, S. Zhang, N. Wei, C. Rao, Y.S. Jin, Development and physiological characterization of cellobiose-consuming Yarrowia lipolytica, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, 112(5), 2015.
  4. Na Wei, J. Quarterman, and Y.S. Jin, Marine plant biomass: an untapped resource for producing fuels and chemicals, Trends in Biotechnology (Selected as the featured cover story). 2013, 31(2) 70-77.
  5. Na Wei, H.Q. Xu and Y.S. Jin, Deletion of FPS1 coding for aquaglyceroporin Fps1p improves xylose fermentation by engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 2013, 79(10), 3193-3201.