Yinjie Tang

Yinjie Tang

Pronouns: He/him/his

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


Metabolic modeling and analysis; fermentation engineering; and algal bioprocesses.


Yeast engineering for synthesis of biopolymers and natural products; cyanobacterial engineering for CO2 capture and biomanufacturing; Machine learning to assist microbial strain design and fermentation optimizations


  1. Conversion of anaerobic digestion wastes into PHB and carotene by using engineered Yarrowia yeast.

  2. Engineering cyanobacteria and algal species for CO2 capture, nitrogen fixation, and biofuel productions.

  3. Analysis of microbial species and consortia (e.g., gut microbiome) for plastic degradation and upcycling.

  4. Integrative knowledge engineering, omics analysis, and AI modeling to enhance large fermentation processes.


Professor Tang joined the School of Engineering & Applied Science faculty in 2008. His research focuses on applied environmental microbiology and bioprocess engineering. Professor Tang is serving on several Editorial Boards, namely Microbial Cell Factories, Biotechnology for Biofuel, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Scientific Reports, Synthetic Biology and Engineering, and Frontiers in Microbiology. He has received awards including NSF CAREER (2010), Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement (2010), and NSF Transition (2023). At Washington University, he has taught Process Control, Metabolic Engineering, International Experience, Fluid Mechanics, and Bioprocess Engineering. He earned a Department Chair’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2013.