About Jing-Ke Weng
Jing-Ke Weng is the inaugural Director of Institute for Plant-Human Interface (IPHI) and a Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Bioengineering at Northeastern University. He was a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and an Assistant and Associate Professor of Biology at MIT between 2013 and 2023. He was a Pioneer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute and HHMI between 2009 and 2013. He received his BS in Biotechnology from Zhejiang University and PhD in Biochemistry from Purdue University.
Our lab explores the origin and evolution of plant specialized metabolism at the enzyme, pathway, and systems levels. We have a broad interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms and functional implications underlying chemical interactions between plants and other organisms, including humans. Leveraging the fundamental knowledge learned from plant metabolism, we devise bioengineering strategies that enable innovative approaches to drug discovery, sustainable production of valuable medicinal and commodity chemicals, trait improvement in agricultural crops, and the development of climate remediation biotechnologies.