Yinjie Tang, Associate Professor

Director, Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Program

Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering Department

Washington University, Campus Box 1180, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130

Office Location: Brauer Hall, Room 1025 

Phone: 314-935-3441; Email: yinjie.tang  @AT@  wustl.edu


(Note: Cold emails are often lost because of our new spam filter. So feel free to call my office if you do not receive my response). 




The Tang Lab characterizes environmental microorganisms via 13C-metabolic flux analysis and multi-scale modeling of cellular processes.

We also engineer microbial metabolisms for feedstock utilization and chemical production. Our research focuses on:

1. New pathways or metabolic topologies in nonmodel species.

2. Genome to phenome mapping (including channeling)

3. Carbon/energy balancing under genetic or environmental stresses.

4. Artificial intelligence to improve metabolic model predictions.  

5. Engineering nonmodel species (Yeast and cyanobacteria).




About PI: I was born in Shanghai and grew up in a small village in Jiangxi. I did my high school in Ningbo (Xiao Shi High School). I finished my BS and MS degrees at Tianjin University (advisor: Xue-Ming Zhao). I received my PhD in Chemical Engineering (advisor: Barbara Krieger-Brockett) at the University of Washington (2004). I did my postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley (Advisor: Jay Keasling). I worked at Washington University since 2008. My lab has graduated seven PhD students (including one African American, two female students). My first two PhD students become assistant professors (Xueyang at Virginia Tech; Arul at Arizona State University).  Other former PhD students are doing postdoc research or working for companies (Sigma-Aldrich; Elemental Enzymes). I have mentored three postdocs and they were great helpers (Yi Xiao: currently a professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University 青年千人; Bing Wu works at Singapore Membrane Technology Center; Sarah Torkamani works at ExxonMobil).