AUP4061-9.21MYi Wang

Assistant Professor

Biosystems Engineering


Ph.D., Agricultural and Biological Engineering 08/2012
University of Illionoise at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
M.S., Environmental Engineering, 06/2006
University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)
B.S., Environmental Engineering, 06/2003
University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB)

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, 01/2015-present
Biosystems Engineering Department, Auburn University
Post-Doc Research Associate, 06/2012-12/2014
Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research (CABER), Institute for Genomic Biology, UIUC

honors and awards

Auburn University New Faculty Scholar, Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (09/2015-05/2016)
ASABE Young Professionals Community “Get to the AIM 2013” Incentive (07/2013)
Young Presenter Award at Clostridium XII Conference (09/2012)
Scholarship of Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) at 17th National Ethanol Conference (02/2012)
Gamma Sigma Delta-The Honor Society of Agriculture, Illinois Chapter (03/2011)
Abbott Laboratories Fellowship for Graduate students, UIUC (08/2006-07/2007)
Excellent Thesis for Master’s Degree in Anhui Province, Anhui, China (08/2006)

professional affiliations

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) (2009-present)
Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) (2010-present)

Research activities

  • Value-added biochemical and bioenergy production: metabolic engineering/synthetic biology/biotechnology
  • Water pollution control: wastewater treatment, reclamation and reuse using both biological and physicochemical approaches
  • Environmental molecular biology: microbial genomics, genetics and transcriptomics
  • Bioremediation: biodegradation and biotransformation of emerging environmental contaminants
  • Environmental-friendly materials development for environment and bioenergy applications

Recent Courses Taught

  • BSEN 5230/6230 Waste Management and Utilization Engineering for Biosystems
  • BSEN 4970/7970 Metabolic Engineering (Special topic)

Select publications

  1.  Y. Wang, Z.T. Zhang, P. Lynn, K. Choi, T. Lu, Y.S. Jin, H.P. Blaschek. (2016) Bacterial genome editing with CRISPR-Cas9: deletion, integration, single nucleotide modification, and desirable “clean” mutant selection in Clostridium beijerinckii as an example. ACS Synthetic Biology. 5: 10.1021/acssynbio.6b0006.
  2.  Y. Wang, Z.T. Zhang, P. Lynn, K. Choi, T. Lu, Y.S. Jin, H.P. Blaschek. (2016) Gene transcription repression in Clostridium beijerinckii using CRISPR-dCas9. Biotechnology & Bioengineering. doi: 10.1002/bit.26020.
  3.  X. Wang, Z.T. Zhang, Y. Wang, Y.F. Wang. (2016) Improvement of Acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) production from switchgrass pretreated with a radio frequency-assisted heating process. Fuel. 182: 166-173.
  4.  C. Liao, S.O. Seo, V. Celik, H. Liu, W. Kong, Y. Wang, H.P. Blaschek, Y.S. Jin, and T. Lu. (2015) Integrated, systems metabolic picture of acetone-butanol-ethanol fermentation by Clostridium acetobutylicum. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 112(27): 8505-8510.
  5.  Y. Wang, Z.T. Zhang, S.O. Seo, K. Choi, T. Lu, Y.S. Jin, H.P. Blaschek. (2015) Markerless chromosomal gene deletion in Clostridium beijerinckii using CRISPR/Cas9 system. Journal of Biotechnology. 200: 1-5.
  6.  Y. Mu, H.Y. Yang, Y.Z. Wang, C.S. He, Q.B. Zhao, Y. Wang, H.Q. Yu. (2014) The maximum specific hydrogen-producing activity of anaerobic mixed cultures: definition and determination. Scientific Reports. 4:5239.
  7.  Y. Wang, X.Z. Li, H.P. Blaschek. (2013) Effects of supplementary butyrate on butanol production and the metabolic switch in Clostridium beijerinckii NCIMB 8052: genome-wide transcriptional analysis with RNA-Seq. Biotechnology for Biofuels. 6:138.
  8.  Y. Wang, X.Z. Li, C.B. Milne, H. Janssen, W.Y. Lin, G. Phan, H.Y. Hu, Y.S. Jin, N.D. Price, H.P. Blaschek. (2013) Development of a gene knockout system using mobile group II introns (Targetron) and genetic disruption of acid production pathways in Clostridium beijerinckii. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 79(19): 5853-5863.
  9.  X.J. Wang, Y. Wang, B. Wang, H.P. Blaschek, H. Feng, and Z.Y. Li (2013) Biobutanol production from fiber-enhanced DDGS pretreated with electrolyzed water. Renewable Energy. 52:16-22.
  10.  J.P. Wang, S.J. Yuan, Y. Wang*, H.Q. Yu. (2013) Synthesis, characterization and application of a novel starch-based flocculant with high flocculation and dewatering properties. Water Research. 47(8):2643-2648. (*Corresponding author)
  11.  Y. Wang, X.Z. Li, Y.J. Mao, H.P. Blaschek. (2012) Genome-wide dynamic transcriptional profiling in Clostridium beijerinckii NCIMB 8052 using single-nucleotide resolution RNA-Seq. BMC Genomics. 13:102.
  12.  J.P. Wang, Y.Z. Chen, Y. Wang, S.J. Yuan, G.P. Sheng, H.Q. Yu. (2012) A novel efficient cationic flocculant prepared through grafting two monomers onto chitosan induced by Gamma radiation. RSC Advances. 2:494-500.
  13.  Y. Wang, X.Z. Li, Y.J. Mao, H.P. Blaschek. (2011) Single-nucleotide resolution analysis of the transcriptome structure of Clostridium beijerinckii NCIMB 8052 using RNA-Seq. BMC Genomics. 12:479.
  14.  Y. Wang, H.P. Blaschek. (2011) Optimization of butanol production from tropical maize stalk juice by fermentation with Clostridium beijerinckii NCIMB 8052. Bioresource Technology. 102(21):9985-9990.
  15.  J.P. Wang, Y.Z. Chen, Y. Wang, S.J. Yuan, H.Q. Yu. (2011) Optimization of the coagulation-flocculation process for pulp mill wastewater treatment using a combination of uniform design and response surface methodology. Water Research. 45(17):5633-5640.
  16.  Y. Wang, Q.B. Zhao, Y. Mu, H.Q. Yu, H. Harada, and Y.Y. Li. (2008) Biohydrogen production with mixed anaerobic cultures in the presence of high-concentration acetate. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 33(4):1164-1171.
  17.  Q.B. Zhao, Y. Mu, Y. Wang, X.W. Liu, F. Dong, H.Q. Yu. (2008) Response of a biohydrogen-producing reactor to the substrate shift from sucrose to lactose. Bioresource Technology. 99(17):8344-8347.
  18.  Y. Wang, Y. Mu, H.Q. Yu. (2007) Comparative performance of two upflow anaerobic biohydrogen-producing reactors seeded with different sludges. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 32(8):1086-1094.
  19.  Y. Mu, Y. Wang, G.P. Sheng, H.Q. Yu. (2007) Surface characteristics of sludge in acidogenic H2-producing process. Journal of Water and Environmental Technology. 5(1):1-12.
  20.  Y. Wang, Y. Mu, Q.B. Zhao, H.Q. Yu. (2006) Isotherms, kinetics and thermodynamics of dye biosorption by anaerobic sludge. Separation and Purification Technology. 50:1-7.
  21.  Y. Mu, H.Q. Yu, Y. Wang. (2006) The roles of pH in the fermentative H2 production from an acidogenic granule-based reactor. Chemosphere. 64(3):350-358.