Cheng, Wei-Chieh

WCCheng6x7Associate Professor

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  • B.S., Chemistry, National Cheng-Kung University Taiwan, 1991
  • M.S., Chemistry National Tsing-Hua University Taiwan, 1993
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of California, Davis CA, USA, 1997-2002
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, the Scripps Research Institute, USA, 2002-2004
  • Assistant Professor, Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 2004-2010
  • Associate Professor, Genomics Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 2010-present


  • Skaggs Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002-2004
  • The distinguished lectureship award (Natural products synthesis), the CSJ (Chemical Society of Japan) Asian International Symposium, Japan, 2007


The major research efforts of this group are directed toward the development of new synthetic strategies for biologically interesting natural products and heterocyclics. To understand the relationships between small molecules and biological systems, combinatorial approaches are applied in our diverse molecule library synthesis (core diversity, substituent diversity, and configuration diversity) with the assistance of automated or semi-automated equipment.

  • Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology
  • Development of new synthetic methodology
  • Natural product and natural product-like molecule synthesis
  • Synthesis of biologically interesting molecule libraries
  • Development of new high-throughput library synthesis
  • Combinatorial approach towards the synthesis of natural product-like or novel heterocyclic molecule libraries
  • Study of the cell wall transglycosylase as a potential antibacterial target
  • Lead discovery of cell wall synthesis enzymes in mycobacterium
  • Novel chemical probe synthesis and application
  • Synthesis of chemical chaperones towards lysosomal storage disease associated enzymes
  • Synthesis of novel five- and six-membered iminosugars


  • Cheng WC, Wang JH, Yun WY, Li HY, Hu JM, 2017, “Rapid preparation of (3R,4S,5R) polyhydroxylated pyrrolidine-based libraries to discover a pharmacological chaperone for treatment of Fabry disease.”, European journal of medicinal chemistry, 126, 1-6. (SCIE) (IF: 4.519; SCIE ranking: 6.7%)
  • Cheng WC, Wang JH, Li HY, Lu SJ, Hu JM, Yun WY, Chiu CH, Yang WB, Chien YH, Hwu WL, 2016, “Bioevaluation of sixteen ADMDP stereoisomers toward alpha-galactosidase A: Development of a new pharmacological chaperone for the treatment of Fabry disease and potential enhancement of enzyme replacement therapy efficiency.”, European journal of medicinal chemistry, 123, 14-20. (SCIE) (IF: 4.519; SCIE ranking: 6.7%)
  • Lin CK, Hou CC, Guo YY, Cheng WC, 2016, “Design and Synthesis of Orthogonally Protected d- and l-beta-Hydroxyenduracididines from d-lyxono-1,4-Lactone.”, Organic letters, 18(20), 5216-5219. (SCIE) (IF: 6.579; SCIE ranking: 5.1%)
  • Chen KT, Chen PT, Lin CK, Huang LY, Hu CM, Chang YF, Hsu HT, Cheng TJ, Wu YT, Cheng WC, 2016, “Structural Investigation of Park's Nucleotide on Bacterial Translocase MraY: Discovery of Unexpected MraY Inhibitors.”, Scientific reports, 6, 31579. (SCIE) (IF: 4.259; SCIE ranking: 15.6%)
  • Chen PT, Lin CK, Tsai CJ, Huang DY, Nien FY, Lin WW, Cheng WC, 2015, “Expeditious Synthesis of Enantiopure, Orthogonally Protected Bis-alpha-Amino Acids (OPBAAs) and their Use in a Study of Nod1 Stimulation.”, Chemistry-An Asian Journal, 10(2), 474-482. (SCIE) (IF: 3.692; SCIE ranking: 29.8%)
  • Cheng WC, Guo CW, Lin CK, Jiang YR, 2015, “Synthesis and Inhibition Study of Bicyclic Iminosugar-​Based Alkaloids, Scaffolds, and Libraries towards Glucosidase”, Israel Journal of Chemistry, 55(3-4), 403-411. (SCIE) (IF: 2.607; SCIE ranking: 44.4%)
  • Chen KT, Huang DY, Chiu CH, Lin WW, Liang PH, Cheng WC, 2015, “Synthesis of Diverse N-Substituted Muramyl Dipeptide Derivatives and Their Use in a Study of Human NOD2 Stimulation Activity.”, Chemistry-A European Journal, 21(34), 11984-11988. (SCIE) (IF: 5.16; SCIE ranking: 21.6%)
  • Cheng TJ, Chan TH, Tsou EL, Chang SY, Yun WY, Yang PJ, Wu YT, Cheng WC, 2013, “From Natural Product-Inspired Pyrrolidine Scaffolds to the Development of New Human Golgi alpha-Mannosidase II Inhibitors.”, Chemistry-An Asian Journal, 8(11), 2600-2604. (SCIE) (IF: 3.692; SCIE ranking: 29.8%)
  • Cheng WC, Weng CY, Yun WY, Chang SY, Lin YC, Tsai FJ, Huang FY, Chen YR, 2013, “Rapid modifications of N-substitution in iminosugars: development of new beta-glucocerebrosidase inhibitors and pharmacological chaperones for Gaucher disease.”, Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry, 21(17), 5021-5028. (SCIE) (IF: 2.881; SCIE ranking: 51.2%,40.7%,33.3%)
  • Chen KT, Kuan YC, Fu WC, Liang PH, Cheng TJ, Wong CH, Cheng WC, 2013, “Rapid preparation of mycobacterium N-glycolyl Lipid I and Lipid II derivatives: a biocatalytic approach.”, Chemistry-a European Journal, 19(3), 834-838. (SCIE) (IF: 5.16; SCIE ranking: 21.6%)
  • Huang CY, Shih HW, Lin LY, Tien YW, Cheng TJ, Cheng WC, Wong CH, Ma C, 2012, “Crystal structure of Staphylococcus aureus transglycosylase in complex with a lipid II analog and elucidation of peptidoglycan synthesis mechanism.”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 109(17), 6496-6501. (SCIE) (IF: 9.504; SCIE ranking: 7.8%)
  • Shih HW, Chang YF, Li WJ, Meng FC, Huang CY, Ma C, Cheng TJ, Wong CH, Cheng WC, 2012, “Effect of the Peptide Moiety of Lipid II on Bacterial Transglycosylase.”, Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 51(40), 10123-10126. (SCIE) (IF: 12.102; SCIE ranking: 8.2%)
  • Shih HW, Chen KT, Cheng TJ, Wong CH, Cheng WC, 2011, “A New Synthetic Approach toward Bacterial Transglycosylase Substrates, Lipid II and Lipid IV.”, Org. Lett., 13(17), 4600-4603. (SCIE) (IF: 6.492; SCIE ranking: 5.3%)
  • Chang YF, Guo CW, Chan TH, Pan YW, Tsou EL, Cheng WC, 2011, “Parallel synthesis of natural product-like polyhydroxylated pyrrolidine and piperidine alkaloids.”, Molecular diversity, 15(1), 203-214. (SCIE) (IF: 2.229; SCIE ranking: 48.5%,66.1%,38.9%)
  • Meng FC, Chen KT, Huang LY, Shih HW, Chang HH, Nien FY, Liang PH, Cheng TJ, Wong CH, Cheng WC, 2011, “Total Synthesis of Polyprenyl N-Glycolyl Lipid II as a Mycobacterial Transglycosylase Substrate.”, Org. Lett., 13(19), 5306-5309. (SCIE) (IF: 6.492; SCIE ranking: 5.3%)
  • Tin-Hao Chan, Yi-Fan Chang, Jung-Jung Hsu, and Wei-Chieh Cheng, 2010, “Straightforward Synthesis of Diverse 1-Deoxyazapyranosides via Stereocontrolled Nucleophilic Additons to Six-Membered Cyclic Nitrones”, EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 2010(59), 5555-5559. (SCIE) (IF: 2.882; SCIE ranking: 31.6%)
  • Chen-Yu Liu, Chih-Wei Guo, Yi-Fan Chang, Jen-Tsung Wang, Hao-Wei Shih, Yu-Fang Hsu, Chia-Wei Chen, Shao-Kang Chen, Yen-Chih Wang, Ting-Jen R. Cheng, Che Ma, Chi-Huey Wong, Jim-Min Fang* and Wei-Chieh Cheng*, 2010, “Synthesis and Evaluation of a New Fluorescent Transglycosylase Substrate: Lipid II-Based Molecule Possessing a Dansyl-C20 Polyprenyl Moiety”, Org. Lett., 12(7), 1608-1611.. (SCIE) (IF: 6.492; SCIE ranking: 5.3%)
  • Shih HW, Chen KT, Chen SK, Huang CY, Cheng TJ, Ma C, Wong CH, Cheng WC, 2010, “Combinatorial approach toward synthesis of small molecule libraries as bacterial transglycosylase inhibitors.”, Organic & biomolecular chemistry, 8(11), 2586-2593. (SCIE) (IF: 3.423; SCIE ranking: 28.1%)
  • Sung, M. T. Lai, Y. T. Huang, C. Y. Chou, L. Y. Shih, H. W. Cheng, W. C. Wong, C. H. Ma, C., 2009, “Crystal structure of the membrane-bound bifunctional transglycosylase PBP1b from Escherichia coli”, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 106(22), 8824-8829. (SCIE) (IF: 9.504; SCIE ranking: 7.8%)
  • Tsou, En-Lun, Yeh, Yao-Ting, Liang, Pi-Hui, Cheng, Wei-Chieh*, 2009, “A convenient approach toward the synthesis of enantiopure isomers of DMDP and ADMDP”, Tetrahedron, 65(1), 93-100. (SCIE) (IF: 2.377; SCIE ranking: 40.4%)
  • Shih, Hao-Wei, Guo, Chih-Wei, Lo, Kien-Hock, Huang, Min-Yang, Cheng, Wei-Chieh*, 2009, “Solution-Phase Parallel Synthesis of Novel Spirooxazolinoisoxazolines”, Journal of Combinatorial Chemistry, 11(2), 281-287.
  • Cheng TJ, Sung MT, Liao HY, Chang YF, Chen CW, Huang CY, Chou LY, Wu YD, Chen YH, Cheng YS, Wong CH, Ma C, Cheng WC, 2008, “Domain requirement of moenomycin binding to bifunctional transglycosylases and development of high-throughput discovery of antibiotics.”, PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 105(2), 431-6. (SCIE) (IF: 9.504; SCIE ranking: 7.8%)
  • Chang, Yi-Fan, Liu, Chen-Yu, Guo, Chih-Wei, Wang, Yen-Chih, Fang, Jim-Min, Cheng, Wei-Chieh*, 2008, “Solid-Phase Organic Synthesis of Polyisoprenoid Alcohols with Traceless Sulfone Linker”, J. Org. Chem., 73(18), 7197-7203. (SCIE) (IF: 4.805; SCIE ranking: 15.8%)
  • Tsou EL, Chen SY, Yang MH, Wang SC, Cheng TR, Cheng WC, 2008, “Synthesis and biological evaluation of a 2-aryl polyhydroxylated pyrrolidine alkaloid-based library.”, Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry, 16(24), 10198-204. (SCIE) (IF: 2.881; SCIE ranking: 51.2%,40.7%,33.3%)
  • Chang, Yi-Fan, Jiang, Yi-Rui, Cheng, Wei-Chieh*, 2008, “Traceless sulfone linker cleavage triggered by ozonolysis: solid-phase synthesis of diverse alpha -beta -unsaturated carbonyl compounds”, Tetrahedron Lett., 49(3), 543-547.. (SCIE) (IF: 2.125; SCIE ranking: 47.4%)