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

Zhuang WQ, Yi S, Bill M, Feng X, Men Y, Conrad ME, Tang YJ, Alvarez-Cohen L. The incomplete Wood-Ljungdahl pathway facilitates a novel one-carbon metabolism in organohalide-respiring Dehalococcoides mccartyi. PNAS. 2014. 111(17):6419-24

You L, Berla B, He L, Pakrasi HB, Tang YJ. 13C-MFA Delineates the Photomixotrophic Metabolism of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 under Light and Carbon Sufficient Conditions. Biotechnology Journal. 2014. 9:5.

He L, Xiao Y, Gebreselassie N, Zhang F, Antoniewicz MR, Tang YJ, Peng L. Central metabolic responses to the overproduction of fatty acids in Escherichia coli based on 13C-metabolic flux analysis. Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 2014. 111(3): 575-585

Varman AM, Yu Y, You L, Tang YJ. Photoautotrophic production of D-lactic acid in an engineered cyanobacterium. Microbial Cell Factories. 2013. 12:117

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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