Patrick Weir, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biology

Field of Interest

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 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 450 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).
Office Location:
Obal Hall 213
Contact Phone:
(201) 559-6059


Ph.D. Rutgers University (1989)
MS, Fairleigh Dickinson University (1981)
BS, Fairleigh Dickinson University (1977)

Positions Held

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