Neubauer Family Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and the College
Weixin Tang develops and applies new chemical tools to study and manipulate the biological system, with the ultimate goals of advancing our understanding of biology and obtaining molecules that have therapeutic benefits. Her research aims to uncover the mechanisms of formation and regulatory roles of known and novel chemical modifications on DNA and RNA. Her team also develops synthetic biology platforms that allow individual cells, including single-cell organisms, to form artificial memories. Additionally, the Tang group is exploring unconventional compound categories for drug development to treat antibiotic-resistant infections and such diseases as HIV and cancer.
Her research has been published in Science, Nature, Nature Chemistry, and Nature Chemical Biology.
Tang holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in chemistry and biology from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, she was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Photo credit: Maria Nemchuk