Xing Wang

Co-director of Center for Pathogen Diagnostics

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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.

Research Interests

Dr. Wang is the inventor of the DNA Star platform that utilizes designer DNA nanostructures (DDN) to create biosensors and biomedicines.  His Nucleic Acids Programming Lab engineers DDNs that offer a plug-and-play platform to create functional nanomaterials with aptamers, peptides/nanobodies, or quantum dots for developing (1) ultrasensitive and inexpensive biosensors for rapid disease diagnostics in both point-of-care and high throughput settings, (2) effective therapeutic candidates for infectious disease treatment/prevention and cancer immunotherapy, (3) new strategies and reagents for high resolution imaging.  His research group is supported by the NIBIB, NIAID, NIDCR, NIAAA, NSF.

Academic Service

Dr. Wang directs the Nucleic Acids Programming Lab (NAPL) at UIUC.  He is the co-director of the Center for Pathogen Diagnostics (CPD).  He is affiliated with HMNTL and IGB.


Ph.D. in Chemistry, New York University


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