Xing Wang

 Xing Wang

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DCL 3221
1304 W Springfield Ave
Urbana, IL 61801
Research Associate Professor of Chemistry
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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

  • DNA nanotechnology
  • Chemical Biology
  • Nanomaterials
  • Biotechnology

Research Description

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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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

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Kwon, Paul S, Shaokang Ren, Seok-Joon Kwon [...], and Xing Wang Designer DNA architecture offers precise and multivalent spatial pattern-recognition for viral sensing and inhibition Nature Chemistry 12 1 2020, p. 26-35 (Cover Story).
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Kizer, Megan E, Robert J Linhardt, Arun Richard Chandrasekaran, and Xing Wang A Molecular Hero Suit for In Vitro and In Vivo DNA Nanostructures Small 15 26 2019, p. 1970141 (Cover story).
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Wang, Xing, and Arun Richard Chandrasekaran et al Paranemic Crossover DNA: There and Back Again Chemical Reviews 119 10 2019, p. 6273-6289.
Anderson, Nathaniel T, Shaokang Ren, Jie Chao, Peter H Dinolfo, and Xing Wang Exploiting Plasmon-Mediated Energy Transfer to Enhance End‒to‒End Efficiency in a DNA Origami Energy Transfer Array ACS Applied Nano Materials 2 9 2019, p. 5563-5572.
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He, Zhe, Zehua Han, Megan Kizer, Robert J Linhardt, Xing Wang, Alexander M Sinyukov, Jizhou Wang, Volker Deckert, Alexei V Sokolov, Jonathan Hu, and Marlan O Scully Tip-Enhanced Raman Imaging of Single-Stranded DNA with Single Base Resolution Journal of the American Chemical Society 141 2 2019, p. 753-757.

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