Glycerol can be used as a primary carbon source by yeasts, little is known regarding glycerol metabolism in Candida tropicalis. In this study, glycerol kinase gene (gk) was disrupted from xylitol dehydrogenase gene (XYL2) knockout C. tropicalis strain BSXDH-3. The resultant gk knockout C. tropicalis strain was incapable to grow on glycerol. The cells growth on glycerol was resumed by co-expressing Scheffersomyces stipitis gcy1, 2 and 3 genes, which respectively encode NADP(+)-dependent glycerol dehydrogenase 1, 2 and 3, under the control of glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) promoter. NADPH-dependent xylitol production was higher in the engineered strain, termed "GK", than in BSXDH-3. In fermentation experiments using glycerol as co-substrate with xylose, strain GK produced xylitol 0.85 and 1.28 g l(-1) h(-1) at the time periods of 16 and 24 h, respectively, which is 30 and 18 % higher at same time intervals in BSXDH-3. This is the first report of gk gene disruption and co-expression of gcy1, 2 and 3 genes for NADPH regeneration and enhanced xylitol production in C. tropicalis.