Qingyu WU

Qingyu Wu Professor, Winner of the National Science Foundation for Outstanding Young Scientists of China, Award of National Famous Teacher in Universities, Vice Chaiman of Chinese Society of Phycology

1982, B.S, Nanjing University

1985, M.S, Nanjing University

1988-1990, Visiting Scholar of William Paterson University of New Jersey, USA

1993-1994, Visiting Scholar of Arizona State University, USA

Prof. Wu holds the following appointments currently: Professor of Tsinghua University, Chairman of the Biological Degree Committee, Director of Institute of Biotechnology




Research interest

Technology of algae-based bioenergy (biodesel),

Molecule biology of cyanobacteria

Micro-biological geochemisty


Courses offered

Micro-Algal Bioengineering, Life Science and Engineering, Introduction to Biology

Selected publications

1.      Wei Xiong, Lixia Liu, Chao Wu, Chen Yang, Qingyu Wu,2010, 13C tracer and GC-MS analysis reveal metabolic flux distribution in oleaginous microalga Chlorella protothecoides. Plant Physiology, 154(2): published on line, August 20,2010, as DOI:10.1104/pp.110.158956

2.      Wei Xiong, Chunfang Gao, Dong Yan, Chao Wu and Qingyu Wu,2010, Double CO2 fixation in photosynthesis-fermentation model enhances algal lipid synthesis for biodiesel production. Bioresource Technology, 101, 2287-2293.

3.      Wei Xiong and Qingyu Wu, 2008, High-density fermentation of microalga Chlorella protothecoides in bioreactor for microbio-diesel production. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol, 78, 29-36.

4.      Xiaoling Miao, Qingyu Wu, 2006, Biodiesel production from heterotrophic microalgal oil. Bioresource Technology, 97: 841-846.

5.      Yue Lu , Junbiao Dai & Qingyu Wu, 2013, Photosynthesis-fermentation hybrid system to produce lipid feedstock for algal biofuel, Environmental Technology, 34:13-14, 1869-1876, DOI: 10.1080/09593330.2013.824011

6.      Chunfang Gao, Yun Wang, Yue Shen, Dong Yan, Xi He, Junbiao Dai and Qingyu Wu, 2014, Oil accumulation mechanisms of the oleaginous microalga Chlorella protothecoides revealed through its genome, transcriptomes, and proteomes. BMC Genomics 2014, 15:582  doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-582 

7.      Li Zhao, Junbiao Dai and Qingyu Wu, 2014, Autophagy-like processes are involved in lipid droplet degradation in Auxenochlorella protothecoides during the heterotrophy-autotrophy transition. Frontiers in Plant Science,published: 14 August 2014 doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00400

8.      Chao Wu, Wei Xiong, Junbiao Dai, Qingyu Wu, 2015, Genome-based Metabolic Mapping and 13C Flux Analysis Reveal Systematic Properties of an Oleaginous Microalga Chlorella protothecoides . Plant Physiology, 167:586-599. [On line Plant Physiology. Published on December 15, 2014, as DOI:10.1104/pp.114.250688]

9.      Dong Yan, Yun Wang, Tatsuya Murakami, Yue Shen, Jianhui Gong, Huifeng Jiang, David Smith, Jean-Francois Pombert, Junbiao Dai, and Qingyu Wu. 2015)Auxenchlorella protothecoides and Prototheca wickerhamii plastid genome sequences give insight into the origins of non-photosynthetic algae,published: 25 September, 2015, Scientific RepoRts |5:14465 | DOi: 10.1038/srep14465

10.     Wei Xiong, Chunfang Gao, Dong Yan, Chao Wu, Qingyu Wu. (2010) Double CO2 Fixation in Photosynthesis-fermentation Model Enhances Algal Lipid Synthesis for Biodiesel Production. Bioresource Technology 101 2287-2293. doi: 10.1016/j.biotrech.2009.11.041.


  1. Qingyu Wu (Editor in chief), 2010, Life Science and Engineering, Higher Education Press, Beijing, 650pp
  2. Qingyu Wu, 2006, Essentials of Life Science 2nd Edition, Higher Education Press, Beijing, 508pp. (It was also published in Taiwan by Yihsient Publishing House in Taipei, 565 pages).


Contact information

Tel: +86-10-62781825
Fax: +86-10-62781825
E-mail: qingyu@tsinghua.edu.cn