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Weiwei Dai

Director, Suzhou Municipal Key Lab for Metabolic Syndrome Drug Research, Assistant Professor, Adjunct Associate Researcher (副研究员)

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Weiwei Dai received his B.S. in Biotechnology from Northwest University, Xi’an (2008), M.Sc. in Fish Nutrition from Ocean University of China, Qingdao (2011), and Ph.D. in Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France (2016). During 2016 and 2023, Dr. Dai continued his academic career in United States as a postdoctoral fellow at The Pennsylvania State University (2016-2018) and a Post-Doctoral Associate at Rutgers University (2018-2023). Dr. Dai joined the Department of Biological Sciences at XJTLU as an assistant professor in June, 2023, and serves as the Co-Director of Suzhou Municipal Key Lab for Metabolic Syndrome Drug Research since January, 2024. Dr. Dais research has been mainly focused on studying nutrition and metabolism in liver and metabolic diseases including obesity and liver cancer. Currently, he is focusing on studying cancer metabolism, especially amino acid/nitrogen metabolism in liver cancer, as well as epigenetic regulation on metabolic enzymes in liver tumor microenvironments. Dr. Dai has published 17 peer-reviewed papers, including 8 first-author SCI research articles, such as J Clin Invest (IF=19.5), The FASEB Journal, JMCB, BBA Mol Basis Dis., and 2 second-author articles; as well as 2 first-author patents for invention. Dr. Dai also actively serves in the academic community as a member of Chinese Society for Cell Biology and The Chinese Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, as well as journal reviewers for Journal of Molecular Cell Biology (IF=8.19), Clinical Science (IF=5.22), Frontiers in Nutrition (IF=5), and Bioscience Reports.

代伟伟本科毕业于西北大学生物技术专业(2008);硕士毕业于中国海洋大学(2011),师从麦康森院士和艾庆辉教授(“国家杰青”、“长江学者”);博士毕业于法国国家农业科学研究院(INRA,2016)。2016-2023年期间先后在美国宾夕法尼亚州立大学和罗格斯大学从事博士后研究。代博士2023年6月加入西交利物浦大学生物科学系。过去数十年代博士一直从事肝脏营养和代谢研究,目前的主要研究方向为肿瘤代谢与氨基酸/氮代谢。近几年以第一作者在J Clin Invest (IF=19.5),The FASEB Journal,JMCB,BBA Mol Basis Dis.等经典SCI杂志发表科研文章11篇;共同作者文章7篇;第一发明人发明专利2项。中国细胞生物学学会、中国生物物理学会和中国生物化学与分子生物学会员。同时担任Journal of Molecular Cell Biology (IF=8.19), Clinical Science (IF=5.22)、Frontiers in Nutrition (IF=5), Bioscience Reports 和Aquaculture (IF=5.14, JCR1) 等杂志的审稿人。

Dr. Dais recent research talk on CST webinars can be accessed below: 代博士近期在CST博士云讲座的报告“谷氨酰胺合成酶通过调节氮代谢和抑制mTORC1活性限制肝肿瘤生长”可以通过以下链接观看:

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Research interests

Nitrogen metabolism in physiology and metabolic diseases including obesity and liver cancer

Nutritional regulation of mTOR activation (mTORC1 and mTORC2)

Cancer metabolism: Urea cycle dysregulation- and ammonia accumulation-induced effects on cancer cells and immune cells

Dietary regulation and intervention on animal growth and tumor progression

Epigenetic regulation of metabolic enzymes


Director, Suzhou Municipal Key Lab for Metabolic Syndrome Drug Research - 2024/05 to Present

Adjunct Associate Researcher (副研究员), Department of Biological Sciences, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China - 2024/05 to Present

Assistant Professor (助理教授), Department of Biological Sciences, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China - 2023/06 to Present

Post-Doctoral Researcher, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Fudan University, China - 2021 to 2023

Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Chemical Biology, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA - 2018 to 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cell and Molecular Physiology, Penn State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA, USA - 2016 to 2018


Research Methods in Biotechnology – BIO401 (module leader)

Key Skills for Life Scientists – BIO006 (module leader)

The Biology of Microbes – BIO106

BIO401-Research Methods in Biotechnology (master module, Module Leader)

Awards and honours

“Super Post-Doctorl Fellow” (Fudan, University) 2021-2023

CSC Scholarship (China Scholarship Council) 2011-2015

“Government-supported graduate student” 2008-2011

“Academic Star” of Fisheries College (3nd place, OUC) 2008-2009

Northwest University Scholarship (3 times) 2004-2007

“Best Minister” (University website, Journalist Department) 2006-2007

“Best Journalist” (University website) 2005-06

“Excellent Cadre” (class president) 2005-2006

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

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Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D. , Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France - 2016

M.Sc. , Ocean University of China (OUC), Qingdao, China -2011

B.Sc. , Northwest University (NWU), Xi’an, China - 2008


  • QH301 Biology
  • metabolism
  • nutrition
  • cancer
  • mTOR

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