Washington University in St. Louis


Yinjie Tang

Francis Ahmann Career Development Assistant Professor
Professor Tang joined the School of Engineering & Applied Science faculty in 2008. From 2004 to 2008, Professor Tang worked as a post-doctoral fellow / project scientist at the University of California-Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His expertise is in bioremediation of toxic compounds and metabolic engineering of environmental microorganisms for biofuel production.

Professor Tang has served as the reviewer for several international journals, such as Marine Pollution Bulletin and Applied Environmental Microbiology.
Professor Tang's research involves two fields including the bioremediation of toxic compounds such as heavy metals and aromatic compounds, and the analysis of cellular metabolic network using mass spectrometry based tools. His research provides important knowledge of cellular metabolic network for rational genetic engineering microbes of biofuel production.
In 2010, he earned a National Science Foundation CAREER Award: "Development of 13C-assisted Metabolic Flux Analysis Tools for Metabolic Engineering of Cyanobacteria."
Selected Publications

Wu B, Huang R, Sahu M, Feng X, Biswas P, Tang YJ. 2010. Bacterial responses to Cu-doped TiO(2) nanoparticles. Science of the Total Environment. 408: 1755–1758

Feng X, Tang KH, Blankenship RE, Tang YJ. 2010. Metabolic flux analysis of the mixotrophic metabolisms in green sulfur bacterium Chlorobaculum tepidum. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 285(50): 39544-39550

Tang KH, Feng X, Zhuang WQ, Blankenship RE, Alvarez-Cohen L, Tang YJ. 2010. Carbon flow of heliobacteria is more related to clostridia than to the green sulfur bacteria. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 285(45): 35104–35112

Feng X, Banerjee A, Wu B, Page L, Berla B, Pakrasi HB and Tang YJ. 2010 Mixotrophic and photoheterotrophic metabolism in Cyanothece sp. ATCC 51142 under continuous light. Microbiology. 156 (8): 2566 - 2574.

Wu B, Wang Y, Lee Y, Horst A, Wang Z, Chen DR, Radhakrishna S, Tang YJ. 2010. Comparative Eco-toxicities of Nano-ZnO Particles under Aquatic and Aerosol Exposure Modes. Environmental Science and Technology. 44 (4), 1484-1489

Selected Research
Title: Hydrogen production by Cyanobacteria
Role: Co-PI (PI: Himadri Pakrasi)
Sponsor: DOE
Title: Flux analysis and metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria for butanol production
Role: Principal Investigator
Sponsor: NSF (CAREER)
Title: Application of nanoparticles in biotechnology 
Role: Principal Investigator
Sponsor: ORAU (Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award)       
Title: Molecular studies on 1,4-Dioxane biodegradation
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Lisa Alvarez-Cohen)
Sponsor: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program
Title: Utilization of CO2 by algal bioreactors
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Himadri Pakrasi)
Sponsor: Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization
Contact Yinjie Tang
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1180
City/St/Zip St. Louis, MO 63130

Brauer Hall, Room 1025

Phone (314) 935-3441
Fax (314) 935-5464
Email yinjie.tang@seas.wustl.edu
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PhD, University of Washington, 2004
MS, Tianjin University, 1999
BS, Tianjin University, 1997
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