• Ph.D. in Microbiology, Uppsala University, Sweden
    • Dissertation: "From Replication Initiation to  Condensation and Partition of Chromosome and Plasmid in Escherichia coli"
  • M.D. in Medicine, Henan Medical University, China

Selected Publications

  • Katie Leiker* and Tao Weitao. The SOS response of biofilms.  International Journal of Clinical and Medical Microbiology. In press (2016)
  • Annie Wolfe*, Kara Phipps*, Tao Weitao. SOS-related AAA+ motor proteins: common mechanisms to divergent functions. Cell & Bioscience. doi: 10.1186/2045-3701-4-31. eCollection (2014)  Review
  • Peixuan Guo, Zhengyi Zhao, Jeannie Haak, Shaoying Wang, DongWu, BingMeng, and Tao Weitao. Common mechanisms of DNA translocation motors in bacteria and viruses using one-way revolution mechanism without rotation.  Biotechnology Advances. 32, 853-872 (2014).  Review.
  • Shakinah T Chellappa, Reshma Maredia, Kara Phipps*, William E Haskins, Tao Weitao. Motility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa contributes to the SOS-inducible biofilm formation. Research in Microbiology. 164: 1019-27. (2013).  
  • Shakinah T Chellappa1; Reshma Maredia; Kara Phipps*; Annie Wolfe*; Elizabeth Packard‎; William E Haskins; Tao Weitao. Motility plays a role in the SOS-inducible biofilm formation.  In a Book: Microbial pathogens and strategies for combating them: science, technology and education. FORMATEX RESEARCH CENTER. A. Mendez-Vilas (Ed.). (Book chapter) (2013).
  • Dallo, S., Zhang, B., Denno, J., Hong, S., Tsai, A., Haskins, W., Ye, J.Y., and Weitao, T. Association of Acinetobacter baumannii EF-Tu with cell surface, outer membrane vesicles and fibronectin. TSWJ Microbiology. 2012: 128705. (2012).  
  • Maredia, R., Devineni, Navya., Lentz, Peter., Dallo, Shatha F., Yu, JiehJuen., Guentzel, Neal., Chambers, James., Arulanandam, Bernard., Haskins, William E., Weitao, Tao. Vesiculation from Pseudomonas aeruginosa under SOS. ISRN Molecular Biology. 2012:402919. (2012).
  • Zhang, B., Dallo, S., Peterson, R., Hussain, S., Weitao, T., Ye, JY. Detection of anthrax lef with DNA-based photonic crystal sensors. (2011). Journal of Biomedical Optics 16: 1270061-1270066. 

* - indicates SBU student

Selected Presentations

  • Speaker  of Session 3-4: Microbiology, Microbiome Study and Metagenomics at  BIT’s 7th World Gene Convention-2016, Shanghai, China. 2016.
  • Biofilm 6 International Conference. University of Vienna, Austra. 2014.
  • Speaker at International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV)17-20 April, 2013 Boston (Speaker). 2013.
  • Poster presentation in Biofilm 5 International Conference. Paris, France. 2012.
  • Seminar speaker. The US Army Dental and Trauma Research Detachment Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston. 2012.
  • The Texas Branch of the American Society of Microbiology Fall 2011 meeting at the University of Texas at Arlington. (Invited speaker and oral presentation). 2011.
  • Department of Army Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) Extramural Research Peer Review Meeting (Speaker). 2010.
  • The 11th RCMI International Symposium on Health Disparities. Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. Honolulu, Hawaii. (Poster presentation). 2009.

Related Experience

  • Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Clinical and Medical Microbiology
  • Review manuscripts for Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews, American Society for Microbiology
  • Review manuscripts for Nature Communications
  • Review manuscripts for Cell & Biosciences
  • Scientist Reviewer for Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program of US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command /Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (USAMRMC/CDMRP) on Infectious Diseases

Professional Organizations

  • Sigma Zeta, science and mathematics honor society
  • International Journal of Clinical and Medical Microbiology
    • Editorial Board Member

Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Newcomer of the Year, SBU, 2013
  • Faculty Development Award, SBU, 2012
  • Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program. Weitao (PI).  31/9/2010-31/9/2011. Award title: “Developing countermeasures against combat wound infections.” 
  • San Antonio Area Foundation. (PI). 1/6/2008–30/11/2010. “A countermeasure against war injury-related infections with Acinetobacter baumannii”
  • Barshop Seed grant program in the comparative biology of aging. (PI). 6/1/2008–6/1/2009. “Proteomic characterization of Fugu fry cells under DNA replication stress and the induced aging”
  • American Federation for Aging Research. (PI). 6/1/2006–12/31/2008. “Caloric Restriction Represses DNA Damage during Chromosomal DNA Replication.”  Nationwide competition with top 7.5% awarded.
  • Entrepreneur Initiative Grant from Brook Air Force Base. (PI).  6/1/2005–6/1/2006. “Inhibition of Biofilm Formation in Infected Wound by Chinese Medicinal Herb Panax notoginseng –Development of Operation and Battlefields-Associated Wound Healing Therapies.”
  • USTA Faculty Honors in recognition of 5-years of employment

Church/Community Service

  • Attends First Baptist Church, Bolivar
  • Teaching Bible study for new believers at Baptist Student Union (Chinese students’ church) at Missouri State University in Springfield
  • Campus Adviser for Baptist Student Ministry at UT San Antonio, 2011-2012
  • Member of Church Council of First Chinese Baptist Church at San Antonio (FCBCSA), 2007-2010
  • Member of Leadership Team of FCBCSA Bible Study Fellowship for Students, 2004-2012