User:Norman Wang

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I work in the Presting Lab, MBBE department at the University of Hawaii.


  • 2006-, PhD, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • 2001-2003, MS, Bioinformatics, Northeastern University
  • 1996-2000, BS, Biology, University of California Santa Barbara

Relevant Career Experience

  • 2008 Hawaii iGEM Team Graduate Student Advisor
  • 2005-2006 Biogen Idec, San Diego, Protein Evolution, Antibody Engineering
  • 2003-2005 Biogen Idec, Boston, Cheminformatics, Protein Engineering
  • 2002 Pharmacopeia, New Jersey, Cheminformatics

Current Research

  • Cyanobacteria Synechocystis sp. PCC6803, inorganic carbon uptake and fixation, PHB biosynthesis.
  • Hawaiian Algal Database (HADB): database specializing on morphology and DNA sequence data of Hawaiian algae.
  • Hawaiian Fresh Water Algal Database (HfwADB): database on freshwater algae of the Hawaiian Islands.

Research Interests

  • Carboxysome Structure of Cyanobacteria
  • Synthetic Biology: Modularization of Biological Components & Pathways for Synthesizing Biofuels & Polymers
  • Computatonal Biology/Bioinformatics
  • Protein Engineering

Awards & Scholarships

  • MIT iGEM 2008 Competition, Best Rookie Team, Bronze Medal
  • UCSB College of Creative Studies fellowship


  1. Wang, N., Sherwood, A.R., Kurihara, A., Conklin, K.Y., Sauvage, T., Presting, G.G., The Hawaiian algal database: a laboratory LIMS and online resource for biodiversity data, BMC Plant Biology 9, 117(2009). PDF / File / PubMed [Wang2009-2]
  2. Wang, N., Smith, W. F., Miller, B. R., Aivazian, D., Lugovskoy, A. A., Reff, M. E., Glaser, S. M., Croner, L. J., Demarest, S. J., Conserved amino acid networks involved in antibody variable domain interactions, Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, 2009, 76, 99-114. PDF / File / PubMed [Wang2009-1]
  3. Wang, N., DeLisle, R. K. & Diller, D. J., Fast small molecule similarity searching with multiple alignment profiles of molecules represented in one-dimension. J. Med. Chem., 2005, 48, 6980-90. PDF / File / PubMed [Wang2005]
  4. Wang, N. & Tiffney, B. H., Seeds of Rhododendron (Ericaceae) from the Late Eocene of California. Palaeontographica, 2001, 245-254. [Wang2001]


Other Relevant Accomplishments

  • United States Patent Application 11/283,650 20060206269: One-dimensional QSAR models (Pharmacopeia Drug Discovery, Inc.)
  • United States Patent Application 11/725,970 20080050370: Stabilized Polypeptide Compositions (Biogen Idec, Inc.)
  • Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Treasurer ‘07-‘09
  • Introduced the GSO Campus Greening Initiative bill. Successfully advocated for and passed the bill in Dec. 2008 by the GSO Assembly (representing over 5000 graduate students) to create a $75k revolving fund to support oncampus efficient energy usage, renewable energy generation, and sustainability related projects.


Contact Info

Norman Wang <br\> University of Hawaii <br\> 1955 East-West Road <br\> Agricultural Science 218 <br\> Honolulu, HI 96822 <br\> wangn at <br\> Email me through OpenWetWare