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: Your emails may be lost because of our 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.

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 bacteria and yeasts for manufacturing valuable chemicals.




Short Bio of PI: I did my BS and MS in chemical engineering at Tianjin University. My MS thesis was on riboflavin fermentation and purification (advisor Xue-Ming Zhao). My PhD research at University of Washington was on kinetic modeling of marine sediment remediation (advisor Barbara Krieger-Brockett). During my postdoc at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (advisor Jay Keasling), I focused on microbial metabolisms for bio-productions and bioremediation. After joining Washington University in 2008, I have taught a number of courses, including Process Dynamics and Control, Fluid Mechanics, Bioprocess Engineering, Metabolic Engineering, International Experience in Bioenergy, and Advanced Energy Laboratory (I received a Department Chair’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2013). Meanwhile, my lab has been working on metabolic engineering of microalgae, metabolic analysis of nonmodel microbes, and bioreactor fermentation development. My lab has graduated seven PhD students and four of them are now working as scientists or fermentation engineers in biotech companies. I have placed three PhD students in academia. My first two PhD students become assistant professors at Virginia Tech (Xueyang Feng) and Arizona State University (Arul Varman), respectively.