Fengwei Zheng, Ph.D.

Fengwei Zheng, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow, Huilin Li Laboratory


Dr. Fengwei Zheng earned his B.S. in biotechnology from Dalian Ocean University, and his Ph.D. in microbiology from Wuhan University. His graduate work focused on the structural and functional study of CSFV NS3. Along with his other research work, he is skilled in molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, and bioinformatics. In Oct. 2018, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Huilin Li at Van Andel Institute as a postdoctoral fellow.


Current research focus

Dr. Fengwei Zheng utilizes the Institute’s state-of-the-art (cryo-EM to investigate the structure and function of protein complexes involved in DNA replication, including a ring-shaped hexamer protein termed dnaB in bacteria, which acts as a key replicase and can unwind the DNA double helix thus allowing the proceeding of polymerase during the replication of DNA.

Education & Training

Ph.D. in microbiology, Wuhan University (Advisor: Professors Zishu Pan and Peng Gong)
Thesis: Structural determination and functional investigation on classical swine fever virus nonstructural protein 3

B.S. in biotechnology, Dalian Ocean University

Awards & External Funding

Outstanding graduate student, Wuhan University (2013)

Dalian Excellent College Graduate (2011)

National Encouragement Scholarship (2009)


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Zheng F, Lu G, li L, Gong P, Pan Z. 2017. Uncoupling of protease trans-cleavage and helicase activities in pestivirus NS3. J Virology 91(21):19.

Li L, Wu R, Zheng F, Zhao C, Pan Z. 2015. The N-terminus of classical swine fever virus (CSFV) nonstructural protein 2 modulates viral genome RNA replication. Virus Res 210:90–99.

Society Memberships

Student member, Chinese Society for Microbiology (2015–present)

Student member, Chinese Society for Cell Biology (2017–present)