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Taylor Weiss

Asst Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 4280
Asst Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 4280
Asst Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 4280

Taylor Weiss is an assistant professor in the environmental and resource management (ERM) program at Arizona State University. As a member of the Polytechnic School and The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), he conducts research in the design and implementation of algae consortia for sustainable bioproduction and the development of spectroscopic tools and platforms necessary for algal study.

Weiss has a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester, where he conducted undergraduate research on enzymatic bioremediation using tyrosinase. Earning an National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Fellowship while at Texas A&M University, Weiss completed specialized training in Biophysics while earning his doctorate studying the molecular biology and biochemistry of the hydrocarbon-producing alga Botryococcus braunii. He also completed postdoctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis primarily focused on the ultrastructure and biochemistry of algal cell walls, especially Nannochloropsis gaditana. Prior to joining ASU, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Michigan State University designing a photosynthetic algae-bacteria consortia for the bioproduction of PHB, a bioplastic precursor.

Weiss is passionate about the development of ASU's Algae-Food/Energy/Water Nexus and the formation of many interdisciplinary projects which further renewable bioproduct innovation, promote sustainable agriculture, and benefit human health.

(480) 727-5636
  • Ph.D. Biochemistry; Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 2012
  • B.S. Biochemistry; University of Rochester, NY 2006

Weiss TL, Young E, Ducat D. A synthetic, light-driven consortium of cyanobacteria and heterotrophic bacteria enables stable polyhydroxybutyrate production. Metab. Eng. (2017) 44:236-245.

Browne DR, Jenkins J, Schmutz J, Shu S, Barry K, Grimwood J, Chiniquy J, Sharma A, Niehaus TD, Weiss TL, Koppisch AT, Fox DT, Dhunganaa S, Okada S, Chappell J, Devarenne TP. Draft nuclear genome sequence of the lipid hydrocarbon accumulating green microalga Botryococcus braunii, race B (Showa). Genome Announc. (2017) 5: e00215-17.

Deng L, Senseman SA, Gentry TJ, Zuberer DA, Camargo ER, Weiss TL, Devarenne TP. Effect of selected herbicides on growth and lipid content of Nannochloris oculata. J. Aquat. Plant. Manage. (2015) 53:28-35.

Scholz MJ, Weiss TL, Jinkerson RE, Jing J, Roth R, Goodenough U, Posewitz MC, Gerken HG. Ultrastructure and composition of the Nannochloropsis gaditana cell wall. Eukaryot. Cell. (2014) 13(11):1450-1464.

Goodenough U, Blaby I, Casero D, Gallaher SD, Goodson C, Johnson S, Lee J-H, Merchant SS, Pellegrini M, Roth R, Rusch J, Singh M, Umen JG, Weiss TL, Wulan T. The path to triacylglyceride obesity in the sta6 strain of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Eukaryot. Cell (2014) 13:591-613.

Kim HS, Weiss TL, Thapa HR, Devarenne TP, Han A. A microfluidic photobioreactor array demonstrating high-throughput screening for microalgal oil production. Lab Chip (2014) 14:1415-1425.

Chun HJ, Weiss TL, Devarenne TP, Lanne J. Vibrational spectra and DFT calculations of squalene. J. Mol. Struct. (2013) 1032:203-206.

Deng L, Senseman SA, Gentry TJ, Zuberer DA, Weiss TL, Devarenne TP, Camargo ER. Effect of selected herbicides on growth and hydrocarbon content of Botryococcus braunii (Race B). Ind. Crops Prod. (2012) 39:154-161.

Molnár I, Lopez D, Wisecaver JH, Devarenne TP, Weiss TL, Pellegrini M, Hackett JD. Bio-crude transcriptomics: Gene discovery and metabolic network reconstruction for the biosynthesis of the terpenome of the hydrocarbon oil-producing green alga, Botryococcus braunii race B (Showa). BMC Genomics. (2012) 13:576.

Weiss TL, Roth R, Goodson C, Vitha S, Black I, Azadi P, Rusch J, Holzenburg A, Devarenne TP, Goodenough U. Colony organization in the green alga Botryococcus braunii (Race B) is specified by a complex extracellular matrix. Eukaryot. Cell. (2012) 11:1424-1440.

Weiss TL, Johnston JS, Fujisawa K, Okada S, Devarenne TP. Genome size and phylogenetic analysis of the A and L races of Botryococcus braunii. J. Appl. Phycol. (2011) 23:833–839.

Weiss TL, Johnston JS, Fujisawa K, Sumimoto K, Okada S, Chappell J, Devarenne TP. Phylogenetic placement, genome size, and GC content of the liquid-hydrocarbon-producing green microalgae Botryococcus braunii strain Berkeley (Showa) (Chlorophyta). J. Phycol. (2010) 46:534–540.

Weiss TL, Chun HJ, Okada S, Vitha S, Holzenburg A, Laane J, Devarenne TP. Raman spectroscopy analysis of botryococcene hydrocarbons from the green microalga Botryococcus braunii. J. Biol. Chem. (2010) 285:32458-32466.

Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 792Research
BDE 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 494Special Topics
ERM 598Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 503Principles of Toxicology
ERM 599Thesis
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 494Special Topics
ERM 598Special Topics
Professional Associations

Algae Biomass Organization (ABO)