Students in the Tang Lab have opportunities to work on diverse projects and receive broad-scope training in microbiology, metabolic/process modeling, analytical chemistry, data mining, fermentations, and genetic engineering. The experience in the Tang Lab will broaden students' career paths and help them develop problem-solving skills applicable to both academic and industrial jobs.

1. Industrial internship (small business)

2016~present: The Tang Lab and Arch Innotek (url: www.arch-innotek.com/) offer internship for UG and graduates on Yarrowia fermentation and fermentation recovery. Students also accumulate the experience with small business development.  See the news: Engineering a third option https://source.wustl.edu/2019/01/engineering-a-third-option/


Dr. Wang from Arch Innotek teaches UG and graduate students for Yarrowia fermentations to produce armoas and natural products (2019) 


Arch Innotek offers students research opportunities. During internship, students work closely with Arch Innotek scientists. Excellent research outcomes will lead to journal publications.  For example, EECE students Jeff (PhD student, first author) and Justin (UG, second author) published a paper with Arch Innotek in 2018  (Engineering the oleaginous yeast Yarrowia lipolytica to produce the aroma compound β-ionone. Microb Cell Fact. 2018. 17(1):136)


Tang Lab with Arch Innotek leaders (Yechun and Craig).


2. Recent iGEM, REU and MAGEEP (Undergraduate Education)
Dr. Tang and his graduate students offer UG students mentorship and diverse laboratory experience (such as fermentation, cell culture, and GC-MS analysis).

The Tang Lab offers WashU iGEM team (2018) lab space and a graduate mentor (Jeff).

UG Research Experience with Syngas Fermentation and Algal Fuel (2015~2017).

nternational Experience: After microbiology training at the Tang lab, Weilan Wang performed water quality analysis in Haiti.
In Port-Au-Prince, he
analyzed bacterial species in potable water (An international sanitation project).

Undergraduates are making alcohol using Tang Lab bioreactor.     Company visitation in Brazil (EECE REU students)


3. Summer program for high school students.

This outreach program will engage students in STEM activities with the main objective intended to inspire and motivate students attitudes toward (1) STEM education and (2) Future Career Development in Biotechnology.   


Biofuel Workshop at Hazelwood East High School in North St. Louis County (Over 90 students attended, "Career Day", 2017)


Mary is organizing a biofuel introduction workshop for local high school students.
(Nerinx Hall High School and Hazelwood East High School).



Jason Chen from John Burroughs High School has made a documentary on biofuels (Part of Filming took place in the Tang Lab).  Jason’s film, "Biofuels: Fuels of the Future", is nominated for Best Editing and Best Poster by the THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations) Qatar Northwestern Film Festival.  This film festival serves as a platform for young people worldwide to create advocacy films on local and global issues. This summer, Jason will travel to Doha, Qatar, on an all-expense-paid trip, to attend this festival. Congratulation!  (Ladue News: http://jburroughs.org/news-and-events/headed-to-qatar-0) The Film can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzT18oqWYTY&feature=youtu.be   (if the link does not work directly, you can copy the address and paste it to the new window).


High school student Kylie Cottone works with Whitney for cyanobacteria engineering.

High school students (Lillian Cai and Maddy To) study molecular biology.



4. Curriculum development and undergraduate teaching

Dr. Tang has taught Metabolic Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Process Dynamics and Control, and Fluid Mechanics at WUSTL. These courses will help students develop both biological knowledge and engineering skills to solve problems in the industry. Dr. Tang and his students have already accomplished one book chapter for a textbook (“Microbial metabolisms and cell culture models for biofuel production.” in Bioenergy: Principles and Applications, Editors: Yebo Li, Samir Kumar Khanal, Wiley, 2016).





Dr. Tang brought his bioprocess engineering class to visit Pfizer campus in St. Louis (March 14, 2017).





Yinjie Tang was given a Department Chair’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2013.