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Taylor Weiss

Taylor Weiss

Assistant Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


The Polytechnic School
Arizona State University, Polytechnic campus
7418 East Innovation Way
Mesa, AZ 85212


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Taylor Weiss is an assistant professor in the Environmental and Resource Management (ERM) Program at Arizona State University (ASU). As a member of The Polytechnic School (TPS) 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.

Taylor has a B.S. from the University of Rochester, where he conducted undergraduate research on enzymatic bioremediation using tyrosinase. Earning an NIH Training Fellowship while at Texas A&M University, Taylor completed specialized training in Biophysics while earning his Ph.D. studying the molecular biology and biochemistry of the hydrocarbon-producing alga Botryococcus braunii. He also completed postdoc 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 also completed a postdoc at Michigan State University designing a photosynthetic algae-bacteria consortia for the bioproduction of PHB, a bioplastic precursor.

Taylor 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.


  • PHD, Biochemistry, Texas A&M University, 2012
  • BS, Biochemistry, University of Rochester, 2006


Journal Articles


Browne, D. R., J. Jenkins, J. Schmutz, S. Shu, K. Barry, J. Grimwood, J. Chiniquy, A. Sharma, T. D. Niehaus, T. L. Weiss, A. T. Koppisch, D. T. Fox, S. Dhungana, S. Okada, J. Chappell and T. P. Devarenne. 2017. Draft nuclear genome sequence of the liquid hydrogen-accumulating green microalga Botryococcus braunii Race B (Showa). Genome Announcements 5(15):e00215-17. DOI: 10.1128/genomeA.00215-17. (link )

Weiss, T. L., E. J. Young and D. C. Ducat. 2017. A synthetic, light-driven consortium of cyanobacteria and heterotrophic bacteria enables stable polyhydroxybutyrate production. Metabolic Engineering 44(Nov):236-245. DOI: 10.1016/j.ymben.2017.10.009. (link )


Deng, L., S. A. Senseman, T. J. Gentry, D. A. Zuberer, E. R. Camargo, T. L. Weiss and T. P. Devarenne. 2015. Effect of selected herbicides on growth and lipid content of Nannochloris oculata. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management 53:28-35. (link )


Goodenough, U., I. Blaby, D. Casero, S. D. Gallaher, C. Goodson, S. Johnson, J. Lee, S. S. Merchant, M. Pellegrini, R. Roth, J. Rusch, M. Singh, J. G. Umen, T. L. Weiss and T. Wulan. 2014. The path to triacylglyceride obesity in the sta6 strain of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Eukaryotic Cell 13(5):591-613. DOI: 10.1128/EC.00013-14. (link )

Kim, H., T. L. Weiss, H. R. Thapa, T. P. Devarenne and A. Han. 2014. A microfluidic photobioreactor array demonstrating high-throughput screening for microalgal oil production. Lab on a Chip 14:1415-1425. DOI: 10.1039/C3LC51396C. (link )

Scholz, M. J., T. L. Weiss, R. E. Jinkerson, J. Jing, R. Roth, U. Goodenough, M. C. Posewitz and H. G. Gerken. 2014. Ultrastructure and composition of the Nannochloropsis gaditana cell wall. Eukaryotic Cell 13(11):1450-1464. DOI: 10.1128/EC.00183-14. (link )


Chun, H., T. L. Weiss, T. P. Devarenne and J. Laane. 2013. Vibrational spectra and DFT calculations of squalene. Journal of Molecular Structure 1032(Jan):203-206. DOI: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2012.10.008. (link )


Deng, L., S. A. Senseman, T. J. Gentry, D. A. Zuberer, T. L. Weiss, T. P. Devarenne and E. R. Camargo. 2012. Effect of selected herbicides on growth and hydrocarbon content of Botryococcus braunii (Race B).. Industrial Crops and Products 39(Sep):154-161. DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2012.02.031. (link )

Molnar, I., D. Lopez, J. H. Wisecaver, T. P. Devarenne, T. L. Weiss, M. Pellegrini and J. D. Hackett. 2012. 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 13:576. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-13-576. (link )

Weiss, T. L., R. Roth, C. Goodson, S. Vitha, I. Blank, P. Azadi, J. Rusch, A. Holzenburg, T. P. Devarenne and U. Goodenough. 2012. Colony organization in the green alga Botryococcus braunii (Race B) is specified by a complex extracellular matrix. Eukaryotic Cell 11(12):1424-1440. DOI: 10.1128/EC.00184-12. (link )


Weiss, T. L., J. S. Johnston, K. Fujisawa, S. Okada and T. P. Devarenne. 2011. Genome size and phylogenetic analysis of the A and L races of Botryococcus braunii. Journal of Applied Phycology 23(5):833-839. DOI: 10.1007/s10811-010-9586-7. (link )


Weiss, T. L., H. Chun, S. Okada, S. Vitha, A. Holzenburg, J. Laane and T. P. Devarenne. 2010. Raman spectroscopy analysis of botryococcene hydrocarbons from the green microalga Botryococcus braunii. The Journal of Biological Chemistry 285:32,458-32,466. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M110.157230. (link )

Weiss, T. L., J. S. Johnston, K. Fujisawa, K. Sumimoto, S. Okada, J. Chappell and T. P. Devarenne. 2010. Phylogenetic placement, genome size, and GC content of the liquid-hydrocarbon-producing green microalgae Botryococcus braunii strain Berkeley (Showa) (Chlorophyta). Journal of Phycology 46(3):534-540. DOI: 10.1111/j.1529-8817.2010.00820.x. (link )