Francis Ahmann Career Development Assistant Professor
Professor Tang joined the School of Engineering & Applied Science faculty in 2008. From 2004 to 2008, Professor Tang worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His expertise is in analyzing and metabolic engineering of environmental microorganisms.
Professor Tang has served as the reviewer for over 30 journals in biotechnology and microbiology fields. He has also served in review panels for NSF, EPA, and several private funding agencies. He received NSF CAREER and Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in 2010. At Washington University, he has taught multiple classes (Process Control, Metabolic Engineering, International Experience, Fluid Mechanics, and Bioprocess Engineering). He earned a Department Chair’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2013. His group has graduated four PhD students and his first student (Dr. Feng, 2008~2012) is currently an assistant professor at Virginia Tech.
Dr. Tang’s research focus on environmental biotechnology and 13C-based metabolism analysis. He has served as the paper reviewer for over ten journals (such as Metabolic Engineering, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, and Applied Environmental Microbiology). He has also served in review panels for NSF, EPA, BBSRC(UK), and several private funding agencies. He received NSF CAREER and Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in 2010. He also earned the Department Chair’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2013. His group has graduated two PhD students. Currently, Dr. Feng (2008~2012) is a new assistant professor at Virginia Tech, and Dr. Varman (2010~2013) works for Sandia National Lab in California (a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation).
• Zhuang WQ, Yi S, Bill M, Feng X, Men Y, Conrad ME, Tang YJ, Alvarez-Cohen L. The incomplete Wood-Ljungdahl pathway facilitates a novel one-carbon metabolism in organohalide-respiring Dehalococcoides mccartyi. PNAS. 2014. 111(17):6419-24
• You L, Berla B, He L, Pakrasi HB, Tang YJ. 13C-MFA Delineates the Photomixotrophic Metabolism of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 under Light and Carbon Sufficient Conditions. Biotechnology Journal. 2014. 9:5.
• He L, Xiao Y, Gebreselassie N, Zhang F, Antoniewicz MR, Tang YJ, Peng L. Central metabolic responses to the overproduction of fatty acids in Escherichia coli based on 13C-metabolic flux analysis. Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 2014. 111(3): 575-585
• Varman AM, Yu Y, You L, Tang YJ. Photoautotrophic production of D-lactic acid in an engineered cyanobacterium. Microbial Cell Factories. 2013. 12:117
Title: Hydrogen production by Cyanobacteria
Role: Co-PI (PI: Himadri Pakrasi)
Title: Flux analysis and metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria for butanol production
Role: Principal Investigator
Sponsor: NSF (CAREER)
Title: Application of nanoparticles in biotechnology
Role: Principal Investigator
Sponsor: ORAU (Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award)
Title: Molecular studies on 1,4-Dioxane biodegradation
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Lisa Alvarez-Cohen)
Sponsor: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program
Title: Utilization of CO2 by algal bioreactors
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Himadri Pakrasi)
Sponsor: Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization