Xuecong Cen - cathyXuecong Cen (Cathy) 
Visiting Student

Xuecong was born in Ningbo, Zhejiang, China. She received her B.S. degree in Zhejiang University in 2018. Now she is a PhD candidate in Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University at Beijing, China. In 2022, she joined the Metabolic Engineering Laboratory at MIT as a visiting student.

Xuecong’s research interests focus on the metabolic engineering of E. coli to produce high-valued diols, especially 1,5-pentanediol and 2,3-butanediol.


Cen, X. et al., Metabolic engineering of Escherichia coli for high production of 1, 5-pentanediol via a cadaverine-derived pathway. Metabolic Engineering, 2022,74: 168-177.

Cen, X. et al., New pathways and metabolic engineering strategies for microbial synthesis of diols. Current opinion in biotechnology, 2022, 78: 102845.

Cen, X. et al., Metabolic engineering of Escherichia coli for de novo production of 1,5-pentanediol from glucose. ACS Synthetic Biology, 2020, 10(1).

Liu, Y., Cen, X. et al., Metabolic Engineering of Escherichia coli for High-Yield Production of (R)-1,3-Butanediol. ACS Synthetic Biology2021, 10 (8).

Li, Z., Wu, Z., Cen, X. et al., Efficient Production of 1,3-Propanediol from Diverse Carbohydrates via a Non-natural Pathway Using 3-Hydroxypropionic Acid as an Intermediate. ACS Synthetic Biology, 2021, 10(3).

Zhang, Y., Li Z., Liu Y., Cen, X. et al., Systems metabolic engineering of Vibrio natriegens for the production of 1,3-propanediol. Metabolic Engineering, 2021, 65(Pt 4).

Li, Z., Dong, Y., Liu, Y., Cen, X. et al., Systems Metabolic Engineering of Corynebacterium Glutamicum for High-Level Production of 1,3-Propanediol from Glucose and Xylose[J]. Metabolic Engineering, 2022, 70: 79–88.

Zhang, Y., Sun, Q., Liu, Y., Cen, X. et al., Development of a plasmid stabilization system in Vibrio natriegens for the high production of 1,3-propanediol and 3-hydroxypropionate. Bioresources and Bioprocessing, 2021, 8(1): 1-11.