SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Department of Biology at Southwest Baptist University

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Craig Endres
Department Chair
(417) 328-1743

Craig Endres
Hillary Glauser-Patton
Dennis Siegfried
Tao Wei
Cindy Wolfe


Dennis G. Siegfried, Ph.D.

Tao Wei (Weitao), 韦韬. PhD, MD.
Tao Wei
Associate Professor of Biology
Southwest Baptist University
Work 1600 University Avenue,
Wheeler Science Center
Bolivar, MO 65613
Work (417) 328-1494 |
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Courses Taught

Undergraduate classes (lectures and labs):
General Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology
Graduate classes (seminars and labs):
Microbial Molecular Genetics

Current Research

Wei's research is mostly aimed at biodefense and bacterial combat-wound infections, cross-disciplinary in nature over microbiology, molecular biology, bacteriology, immunology, cell biology, proteomics and biophysics. The projects relate to 1) Cross-disciplinary nano/sensor technologies in detection of bacterial weapons (DNA of Bacillus anthracis) of mass destruction and in characterization of interaction of a Acinetobacter baumannii protein with a human extracellular matrix protein; 2) Pseudomonas biofilms, vesiculation and SOS response to antibacterial treatment; 3) Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii; and 4) Inter-disciplinary—can bacteria evolve anticancer phenotypes.

Works in progress

  • S F Dallo, B Zhang, Maredia, R., Twinkle, S., JY Ye, T Weitao. A novel PC-TIR sensor for characterization of interaction of Acinetobacter baumannii elongation factor Tu with host fibronectin.
  • Maredia, R., Twinkle, S., Dallo, SF., Haskins, WE., and Weitao, T. Antibiotic-inducible biofilm formation is mediated by SOS-regulated motility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. (2013).
  • Dallo, S., Tsai, A., Yu, J; Arulanandam, B; Haskins, W., and Weitao, TAcinetobacter baumannii EF-Tu mediates cytotoxicity of outer membrane vesicles to macrophage. (2014).


Why do you enjoy teaching at SBU?

"I enjoy integrating God’s word and Christian faith into teaching of biological sciences. Also see Romans 1:20."

Educational and Professional Background

Wei earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Microbiology & Molecular Biology of Bacteria. Uppsala University, Sweden; Doctor of Medicine. Henan Medical University. 河南医科大学. China ; and postdoctoral training in Molecular Genetics of Microorganism, California Institute of Technology

Faith Dedications: Matthew 28:19-20:  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. 所 以 你 们 要 去 , 使 万 民作 我 的 门 徒 , 奉 父 子 圣 灵 的 名 , 给 他 们 施 洗 。凡 我 所 吩 咐 你 们 的 , 都 教 训 他 们 遵 守 , 我 就 常 与 你 们 同 在 , 直 到 世 界 的 末了.