Hong-Wei Pi Assistant Professor


Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Evolution Lab.


+886-4-22840373 ext. 3402




General Microbiology, Biochemistry, Soil Ecology


Ph.D. in Ph.D. Program in Microbial Genomics, National Chung Hsing University and Academia Sinica
M.S. in Soil and Environmental Sciences, National Chung-Hsing University
B.S. in Soil and Environmental Sciences, National Chung-Hsing University


Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Nitrogen fixation, Microbial Evolution

Research and Work Experiences

• Assistant Professor in Department of Soil and Environmental Sciences, National Chung-Hsing University (Current Position 2023-).
• Postdoctoral researcher in Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica (2022-2023).
• Visiting scientist program at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), 2016.
• Founders Space (USA) 2016 Taiwan Startups Boot Camp-Taiwan Innovation Entrepreneurship Center.
• Financial support for 2-month business trip and start-up training in Silicon Valley, 2016. Innovation Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC), Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan.


• 2023: International Symposium on Evolutionary Genomics and Bioinformatics- Best Poster Presented
• 2022: Multiomics and Precision Medicine Joint Conference- Outstanding Poster Presented
• 2022: the annual meeting of the Genetics Society of Japan. Best Paper Award
• 2022: The 94th GSJ Annual Meeting Travel Award Winners- The 94th annual meeting of Genetics Society of Japan (GSJ) and Taiwan Society of Evolution and Computational Biology (TSECB)
• 2018: 17th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology Leipzig, Germany.
• 2017: The Asian Young Researchers Conference on Computational and Omics Biology (in conjunction with 28th International Conference on Genome Informatics) Seoul, Korea.
• 2016: 3 Minutes Thesis speaking competition (3MT)-Outstanding Award
• 2016: The 23rd Pacific Science Congress-Science, Technology and Innovation- Best Poster Award


1. Hong-Wei Pi, Chun-Ping Yu, Yin-Ru Chiang, and Wen-Hsiung Li*. Mapping geological events and nitrogen fixation evolution onto the timetree of nitrogenase genes. Molecular biology and evolution (Under Review)
2. Hong-Wei Pi, Jinn-Jy Lin, Chi-An Chen, Po-Hsiang Wang, Yin-Ru Chiang, Chieh-Chen Huang, Chiu-Chung Young and Wen-Hsiung Li*. Origin and evolution of nitrogen fixation in prokaryotes. Molecular biology and evolution, 2022, 39.9: msac181. (2021: 2 Year/5 Year IF: 8.800/20.074)
3. Hong-Wei Pi, Marimuthu Anandharaj, Yi-Ying Kao, Yu-Ju Lin, Jui-Jen Chang and Wen-Hsiung Li*. Engineering the oleaginous red yeast Rhodotorula glutinis for simultaneous β-carotene and cellulase production. Scientific reports 8, 10850, doi:10.1038/s41598-018-29194-z (2018). (2021: 2 Year/5 Year IF: 4.997/5.516)
4. Asif Hameed, Hong-Wei Pi, Shih-Yao Lin, Wei-An Lai, Li-Sen Young, You-Cheng Liu, Fo-Ting Shen and Chiu-Chung Young*. Direct Electrochemical Sensing of Phenazine-1-carboxylic Acid Secreted by Pseudomonas chlororaphis subsp. aureofaciens BCRC 11057T Using Disposable Screen-printed Carbon Electrode. Electroanalysis. 2016. 28(4):846-853. (2021: 2 Year/5 Year IF: 3.077/2.932)