Wei Wang

Wei Wang

Research Scientist

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Dr. Wei Wang joined NREL in 2009 as a Research Scientist. Her main research interests are bioconversion of biomass to value-added products. Dr. Wang is also interested and has experiences in chemical conversion of biomass to value-added products including pretreatment of feedstocks and in-situ conversion of bio-metabolites to bioproducts. Her current research activities at NREL focus on conversion of biomass to biofuels via metabolic engineering, including biodiesel and hydrocarbons.


Dr. Wang received a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Shandong University in China in 2002. During her Ph.D. studies, she worked on the metabolism of degradation of lignocellulose by brown-rot fungi and proposed that a hydroxyl radical-mediated, oxidative mechanism is involved in the degradation of lignocellulose. After graduation, she worked as a research scientist at Tohoku University in Japan, where she identified transcriptional factors of enzymes related to osmotic stress and investigated molecular mechanism of osmo-signaling transduction.


Dr. Wang's research on biomass conversion spans the biological and chemical engineering fields. Prior to joining NREL, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Dr. Y.Y. Lee's group (2007–2009) in the Chemical Engineering Department of Auburn University, focusing on the conversion of biomass, including chemical pretreatment, cellulase and bioethanol production from lignocellulosic wastes. She has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications.


Selected Publications 

  1. Wang W; Wei H; Alahuhta M; Chen X; Hyman D; Johnson D.K.; Zhang M; Himmel M.E (2014). "Heterologous Expression of Xylanase Enzymes in Lipogenic Yeast Yarrowia lipolytica." PLOS ONE p. 12.
  2. Wang W; Chen X; Donohoe B.S.; Ciesielski P.C.; Katahira R; Kuhn E. M.; Kafle K; Lee C. M. ; Park S; Kim S.H; Tucker M.P; Himmel M.E; Johnson D.K (2014). "Effect of Mechanical Forces on the Effectiveness of Three Reactors Used for Dilute Acid Pretreatment of Corn Stover Part 1: Chemical and physical substrate analysis."
  3. Wang W.; Yang S.H.; Pienkos P.T.; Johnson D.K. (2014). "Connecting lignin-degradation pathway with pre-treatment inhibitor sensitivity of Cupriavidus necator." Frontiers in Microbiology (5); p. 247.
  4. Wei H; Wang W; Alahuhta M; Vander Wall T; Baker JO; Taylor II LE; Decker SR; Himmel ME; Zhang M (2014). "Engineering towards a complete heterologous cellulase secretome in Yarrowia lipolytica reveals its potential for consolidated bioprocessing." Biotechnol Biofuels (7); p. 148.
  5. Ciesielski, P. N. ; Wang, W.; Chen, X; Vinzant, T. B. ; Tucker, M. P. ; Decker, S. R. ; Himmel, M. E. ; Johnson, D. K. ; Donohoe, B. S. (2014). "Effect of mechanical disruption on the effectiveness of three reactors used for dilute acid pretreatment of corn stove Part 2: morphological and structural substrate analysis." Biotechnology for Biofuels (7:1); pp. 47-47. Accessed April 15, 2015: http://www.biotechnologyforbiofuels.com/content/pdf/1754-6834-7-47.pdf.
  6. Wei H; Wang W; Yarbrough JM; Baker JO; Laurens L; Van Wychen S; Chen X; Taylor II Le; Xu Q; Himmel ME "Genomic, proteomic, and biochemical analyses of oleaginous Mucor circinelloides: Evaluating its capability in utilizing cellulolytic substrates for lipid production." PLoS ONE (8); p. e71068.
  7. Chen X. ; Kuhn E. ; Wang W. ; Tucker M>P> (2013). "Comparison of different mechanical refining technologies on the enzymatic digestibility of low severity acid pretreated corn stover.." Bioresource Technology (147); p. 401.
  8. Chen X.; Shekiro J.; Pschorn T.; Sabourin M.; Tao L.; Elander R.; Park S.; Jennings E.; Nelson R.; Trass O.; Flanegan K.; Wang W.; Himmel M.E.; Johnson D.K.; Tucker M.P. (2014). "A highly efficient dilute alkali deacetylation and mechanical (disc) refining process for the conversion of renewable biomass to lower cost sugars.." Biotechnology for Biofuels (7); p. 98.
  9. Chen X; Tao L.; Shekiro J.; Decker S.R.; Wang W.; Tucker M.P. (2012). "Improved ethanol yield and reduced Minimum Ethanol Selling Price (MESP) by modifying low severity dilute acid pretreatment with deacetylation and mechanical refining: 1) Experimental." Biotechnology for Biofuels (5); p. 60.

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