Yen-Hsiang Wang (王彥襄)

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Yen-Hsiang Wang, Ph.D.
Department of Bioengineering
Stanford University

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85% of my life

Yen-Hsiang Wang just received his Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering from Stanford University, working in the Smolke Lab. As a synthetic biologist, Yen-Hsiang's career goal is to drive the development of “carbon-based” (genetic) controllers through learning from our experiences in designing the “silicon-based” (electronic) controllers. His current research interests focus on applying novel control strategies to regulate biological systems, particularly in applying ideas in dynamic and adaptive control to metabolic engineering. His Ph.D. thesis topic involves designing and implementing complex genetic control systems using synthetic RNA regulators; in particular, he is building a genetic operational amplifier (op-amp) as a proof-of-concept to demonstrate the flexibility and modularity of RNA biological parts. Yen-Hsiang's long-term research goal is to enable guiding and re-directing biological systems to achieve optimality in producing molecule of interest in metabolic engineering.

15% of my life

Yen-Hsiang is an active backpacker and has been to more than 50 places in the world. His next destination is the lighthouse of Ushuaia.

Favorite Quote

“Just living is not enough,“ said the butterfly, ”one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” ― Hans Christian Andersen