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

Research Experience With Syngas Fermentation and Algal Fuel (2015~2016).

International 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)


2. 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.



3. 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.

Industrial outreach
2016~present: Arch Innotek (Students work with Local biotech company for natural nutrition production).   url: www.arch-innotek.com/ 

2012~present: Terra Biologics (Scale-up algal bioprocess for bioremediation)
We help the company solve algal production problems in a large-scale (500L). Three undergraduates/high school students have been worked on this project in Tang Lab.
2011~2012: Gates Foundation
We work on fecal waste treatment via anaerobic digestion and genetic engineering. We also visited the rural area for fecal treatment in South Africa.

Educational Outreach
2013~2016: "Summer Workshop". We provide the short research experience on algal process for high school students and undergraduate students.
2011~2013: Host visiting Professors for their sabbatical Research: Kirk Dolan from Michigan State University, InChul Kong from Yeungnam University in South Korea, Yi Yu from Wuhan University in China, Lifeng Peng from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.  
Summer 2012: Dr. Yinjie Tang/Ruth Chen brought 28 undergraduate students to study bioenergy at UNICAMP in Brazil.
2010~2012: Host high school students for bioenergy study.
2009~2012: Mentor NSF REU students from NNIN center (NSF REU for nanotechnology) and EECE department (NSF REU for bioenergy). 
2010: Mentor international students from Indian Institutes of Technology through Washington University MAGEEP program.
2009 and 2010: Mentor WashU iGEM teams (International Genetically Engineered Machine competition).


Products related to short-term research for undergraduates/visiting scholars 
Our EECE Department offers short-term research opportunities for undergraduates and encourages them to publish research articles (their names are highlighted in red). Our engineering school has two NSF REU sites (one is related to nanotechnology, the other is related to energy fields). We also have MAGEEP and I-CARES programs for hosting visiting scholars/students. 


Nanotechnology, supported by NSF REU at National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network and WUSTL MAGEEP programs 

6. Wu SG, Huang L, Ball M, Tang YJ, Chen DR. Electrospray Facilitates the Germination of Plant Seeds. Aerosol and Air Quality Research. 2014. 14(3): 632-641 .

5. Park J, Kettleson E, An WJ, Tang YJ, Biswas P.  Inactivation of E. coli in Water using Photocatalytic, Nanostructured Films Synthesized by Aerosol Routes. Catalysts. 2013. 3: 247-260

4. Wu SG, Huang L, Head J, Chen DR, Kong IC, Tang YJ. Phytotoxicity of metal oxide nanoparticles is related to both dissolved metals ions and adsorption of particles on seed surfaces. Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology. 2012. 3(4):1000126

3. Sahu M, Wu B, Zhu L, Jacobson C, Wang WN, Jones K, Goyal Y, Tang YJ, Biswas P. Role of Chemical Composition, Crystal Phase, and Particle Size on Cu-Doped TiO2 Nanomaterials Anti-pathogenic Activity. Journal of Nanoparticle Research. 2011. 22(41):415704

2. Wang Z, Lee YH, Wu B, Horst A, Yisheng Kang, Tang YJ, Chen DR. Antimicrobial Activities of Aerosolized Transition Metal Oxide Nanoparticles. Chemosphere. 2010. 80:525-529

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


Energy studies (Supported by NSF REU, EECE and WUSTL I-CARES program)

10. He L, Wu G, Wan N, Reding AC, Tang YJ. Simulating cyanobacterial phenotypes in photobioreactors by coupling flux balance analysis, kinetics and hydrodynamics. Microbial Cell Factories. 2015, 14(1):206.

9. He L, Wang Y, You L, Yang Y, Khin Y, Zhuang W, Tang JK, Tang YJ. Glycine Cleavage System Promotes Photoheterotrophic Growth of Chloroflexus aurantiacus. Frontier in Microbiology. 2015, 6:1467.

8. Hollinshead WD, Varman AM, You L, Hembree Z, Tang YJ. Boosting D-lactate production in engineered cyanobacteria using sterilized anaerobic digestion effluents. Bioresour Technol. 2014, 169:462-7.

7. He L, Chen A, Yu Y, Kucera L, Tang YJ, Optimize flue gas settings to promote microalgae growth in photobioreactors via computer simulations. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2013.

6. Ball M, Chen R, Tang YJ. The “Some Sense” of Biofuels. Journal of Petroleum & Environmental Biotechnology. 2012. 3(4). 1000e1074.

5. Xiao Y, Feng X, Varman A, He L, Yu H, Tang YJ. Kinetic modeling and isotopic investigation of isobutanol fermentation by two engineered Escherichia coli strains. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 2012. 51 (49): 15855–15863.

4. Colletti P, Goyal Y, Varman A, Feng, X, Wu B, Tang YJ. Evaluating factors that influence microbial synthesis yields by regression with numerical and categorical variables. Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 2011. 108(4): 893–901

3. Feng X, Zhuang WQ, Colletti P, Tang YJ. Metabolic pathway determination and flux analysis in nonmodel microorganisms through 13C-isotope labeling, Methods in Molecular Biology. 2012. 881:309-30

2. Feng X, Page L, Rubens J, Chircus L, Pakrasi HB, Tang YJ, Bridging the Gap between Fluxomics and Industrial Biotechnology.  Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. 2010. Article ID 460717

1. Wu B, Zhang B, Feng X, Rubens JR, Huang R, Hicks LM, Pakrasi H, Tang YJ. An Alternate Isoleucine Biosynthesis Pathway involves Citramalate Synthase in Cyanothece sp. ATCC 51142. Microbiology. 2010. 156: 596 – 602