Yinjie Tang, Professor

 Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering 

  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: Your emails may be lost due to the spam filter.  So feel free to call my office .   




1. Characterize metabolisms/pathways in nonmodel microbial species using "omics" tools

2. Engineer algae and nonmodel yeast (Yarrowia) for synthesis of biofuels and natural products

3. Develop metabolic models using machine learning and functional genomics

4. Optimize bioreactor/photobioreactor operations via Design of Experiments, Kinetic Modeling, and Process Control 



1. Departmental Services: Graduate Director (2015~2016); Undergraduate Director (2016~Jan. 2019, preparation for 2018 ABET evaluation); Graduate committee (2008~2014); Faculty search committee (8 times); Bio-cluster coordinator 

2. Associate Editors (Microbial Cell Factories; Biotechnology for Biofuel); Section Editors (Frontiers in Microbiology; Current Opinion in Biotechnology)

3. Journal Reviewing Services (for over 20 journals and three text books)

4. Roundtable panelist: NSF, EPA Star Program; Ad hoc reviewers for DOE, NSF, BBSRC, MacArthur Fellows Program, National Natural Science Foundation of China; Israel Science Foundation; GIF German Israeli Foundation

5. External Academic Review of the Environmental Engineering and Science Program at the Air Force Institute of Technology



NSF CAREER (2010); Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2010)

Department Chairís Award for Outstanding Teaching (2013)

U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship (2019)


Short Bio: Dr. Tang obtained BS (1997) and MS (1999) in chemical engineering at Tianjin University in China. His MS thesis was on riboflavin fermentation and purification (advisor Xue-Ming Zhao). He did his PhD at University of Washington (1999~2004), where his study focused on marine bioremediations (advisor Barbara Krieger-Brockett). His postdoc research was at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (advisor Jay Keasling). He has worked at Washington University since 2008.