Xing Wang
Xing Wang
  • Research Associate Professor
(217) 333-9278
0250 Everitt Laboratory

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  • New York University, Ph.D., 2009


Dr. Xing Wang received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from New York University. He did his postdoctoral training at Princeton University to explore novel functions of synthetic RNAs in genome editing. He is a recipient of the Mikashi Awards in 2021. Before joining UIUC, Dr. Wang was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS), Biochemistry and Biophysics Program (BCBP), Center for Materials, Devices, and Integrated Systems (cMDIS), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2014-2019
  • Research Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, the Holonyak Micro & Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL), the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB), the Center for Genomic Diagnostics (CGD), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019-present
  • Research Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022-present


Other Professional Employment

  • Co-director, the Center for Pathogen Diagnostics, DREME Initiative, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020-present

Professional Registrations

  • American Chemical Society, 2003-present
  • International Society for Nanoscale Science, Computation and Engineering, 2003-present
  • Materials Research Society, 2020-present

Research Statement

Dr. Xing Wang's research group utilizes nucleic acids and protein engineering to create and customize designer DNA nanostructure-based “plug-and-play” platforms for the applications in engineering, biology, and medicine. He also has plenty of experience in RNA-mediated genome programming and cellular engineering. Dr. Wang is the inventor of the "DNA Star" platform. He is a winner of Mikashi Award in 2021. The research of his Nucleic Acids Programming Lab (NAPL) is currently focused on the development of (1) ultrasensitive and inexpensive biosensors for rapid disease diagnostics in both point-of-care and laboratory high throughput settings, (2) effective therapeutic candidates for the treatment/prevention of infectious diseases and cancer immunotherapy, (3) new bioreagents for high to super resolution imaging. Dr. Wang is the co-director of the Center for Pathogen Diagnostics (CPD) in the ZJU-UIUC DREMES. His research group is currently supported by the NIH/NIBIB, NIH/NIAID, NIH/NIDCR, NIH/NIAAA, and NSF.

Research Interests

  • Nucleic Acids Engineering
  • Designer DNA Nanostructure
  • Biosensing and Biomedicine
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Protein Engineering

Research Areas

  • Biomolecular engineering
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Biophotonics
  • Biosensors
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell and molecular engineering
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanomedicine
  • Nanosensors
  • Point-of-care diagnostics

Research Topics

  • Bio-Micro and Nanotechnology
  • Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering
  • Synthetic Bioengineering

Selected Articles in Journals

Research Honors

  • Mikashi Award (2021)

Recent Courses Taught

  • BIOE 497 WW - Individual Study
  • BIOE 498 BTP - Biotech: Princ, Tools, Appli
  • BIOE 598 BTO (BIOE 598 BTP) - Biotech: Princ, Tools, Appli
  • PATH 494 - Intro to Research Methodology