Patrick Weir, PhD

Field(s) of Interest/Expertise

My primary interest is the field of microbiology, particularly the biology of prokaryotes. I am especially interested in applied microbiology, microbial physiology and microbial ecology.

At FDU, I studied the early stages of biofilm formation in marine environments. As I have a continuing interest in marine biology, this was an ideal mix of two of my interests.  

My doctoral research was on alcoholic fermentation by the bacterium Zymomonas mobilis. This involved improving the alcohol tolerance and the speed of alcohol production as part of a larger project that focused on biofuels. As the membranes of cells are sensitive to the toxic effects of ethanol, I became quite interested in cellular membrane composition and function.

Courses Taught at Felician University

BIO 103/104 General Biology I and II

BIO 113 Disease and History

BIO 202 Microbiology

BIO 205/206 Anatomy & Physiology I and II

BIO 305 Embryology

BIO 307 Pathophysiology

BIO 308 Virology

BIO 310 Cell Biology

BIO 409 Biology Seminar

BIO 450 Undergraduate Research in Biology I and II

BIO 451 Undergraduate Research in General Science

GSCI 105 Earth Science

GSCI 409 General Science Seminar


Effect of Proteolipid on "Zymomonas" Fermentation of 25% Glucose Media
J. Indust. Microbiol. 15:442-445 . Weir, P., and T. Chase, Jr. (1995)
Inhibition of "Zymomonas" Growth by Carbon Sources
Biotechnol. Lett. 13:779-780 . Weir, P., and T. Chase, Jr. (1991).
The Ecology of "Zymomonas": A Review. Folia Microbiologica 61:385-392 Weir, P. (2016)
Office Location:
Obal Hall, Room 207, Lodi Campus
Contact Phone:
(201) 559-6059


PhD Rutgers University (1989)
MS, Fairleigh Dickinson University (1981)
BS, Fairleigh Dickinson University (1977)

Positions Held

Felician University, Assistant, Associate Professor (1989-present)
Rutgers University, Research Assistant (1981-1984)
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaching Assistant (1978-1981)
ABC Labs, Microbiologist (1981-1998)