Xing Wang

  • 1304 W Springfield Ave., DCL 3221

    61801 Urbana

    United States

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Dr. Xing Wang is a nucleic acids biochemist, structural DNA nanotechnologist, and molecular biologist at UIUC.  He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from New York University (2009). He then did his postdoctoral training at Princeton University to explore novel functions of synthetic RNAs in genome editing (2013). 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 (2014-2019). 

Research Interests

Dr. Wang’s Nucleic Acids Programming Lab is focused on the design and synthesis of functional DNA/RNA aptamer, nanostructure and nano-device, and on the exploration of their applications in chemistry, engineering, biology, and disease diagnosis and treatment.

Professional Information

Biochemistry and Nanotechnology

Dr. Wang's Nucleic Acids Programming Lab (NAPL) is currently focused on the new biotechnology development, design and synthesis of functional DNA/RNA aptamers, nanostructures and nanodevices, and on the exploration of their applications in energy harvesting, basic biology, biosensing, and biomedicine.

Dr. Wang is the inventor of the technology called Pattern-recognition Enabled Sensing and Therapeutics (PEST), that utilizes designer DNA nanostructures (DDN) to create pathogen sensors and inhibitors.


Ph.D. in Chemistry, New York University

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Research Output

  • 30 Article
  • 3 Review article
  • 1 Conference article

Designer DNA architecture offers precise and multivalent spatial pattern-recognition for viral sensing and inhibition

Kwon, P. S., Ren, S., Kwon, S. J., Kizer, M. E., Kuo, L., Xie, M., Zhu, D., Zhou, F., Zhang, F., Kim, D., Fraser, K., Kramer, L. D., Seeman, N. C., Dordick, J. S., Linhardt, R. J., Chao, J. & Wang, X., Jan 1 2020, In : Nature Chemistry. 12, 1, p. 26-35 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • A Molecular Hero Suit for In Vitro and In Vivo DNA Nanostructures

    Kizer, M. E., Linhardt, R. J., Chandrasekaran, A. R. & Wang, X., Jun 26 2019, In : Small. 15, 26, 1805386.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Paranemic Crossover DNA: There and Back Again

    Wang, X., Chandrasekaran, A. R., Shen, Z., Ohayon, Y. P., Wang, T., Kizer, M. E., Sha, R., Mao, C., Yan, H., Zhang, X., Liao, S., Ding, B., Chakraborty, B., Jonoska, N., Niu, D., Gu, H., Chao, J., Gao, X., Li, Y., Ciengshin, T. & 1 others, Seeman, N. C., May 22 2019, In : Chemical reviews. 119, 10, p. 6273-6289 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Exploiting Plasmon-Mediated Energy Transfer To Enhance End-to-End Efficiency in a DNA Origami Energy Transfer Array

    Anderson, N. T., Ren, S., Chao, J., Dinolfo, P. H. & Wang, X., Sep 27 2019, In : ACS Applied Nano Materials. 2, 9, p. 5563-5572

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Tip-Enhanced Raman Imaging of Single-Stranded DNA with Single Base Resolution

    He, Z., Han, Z., Kizer, M., Linhardt, R. J., Wang, X., Sinyukov, A. M., Wang, J., Deckert, V., Sokolov, A. V., Hu, J. & Scully, M. O., Jan 16 2019, In : Journal of the American Chemical Society. 141, 2, p. 753-757 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle