Yinjie Tang

Yinjie Tang


Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

  • Phone
  • Office
    Brauer Hall, Room 1025
  • Lab location
    Brauer 1043


PhD, University of Washington, 2004
MS, Tianjin University, 1999
BS, Tianjin University, 1997


Studies metabolic modeling and analysis; fermentation engineering; and algal bioprocesses.


Yarrowia yeast engineering for synthesis of biopolymers and natural products; cyanobacteria for CO2 capture and biomanufacturing; development of machine learning models to assist strain design and fermentation optimizations


  1. Characterize metabolisms and pathways in nonmodel microbial species via metabolomics and fluxomics
  2. Engineer algae and yeast processes for waste remediation and bio-production
  3. Develop metabolic models, machine learning, and dynamic process simulations to enhance biomanufacturing


Professor Tang joined the School of Engineering & Applied Science faculty in 2008. From 2004 to 2008, Professor Tang worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His expertise is in analyzing and metabolic engineering of environmental microorganisms.

Professor Tang has served as the reviewer for over 30 journals in biotechnology and microbiology fields. He has also served in review panels for NSF, EPA and several private funding agencies. He received NSF CAREER and Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards in 2010 and earned a Department Chair’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2013. At Washington University, he has taught multiple classes including Process Control, Metabolic Engineering, International Experience, Fluid Mechanics, and Bioprocess Engineering.