Weixin Tang became a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in 2019. She is appointed by the Department of Chemistry in the Physical Sciences Division. Tang develops and applies new chemical tools to study and manipulate the biological system. Her group aims to uncover the mechanisms of formation and regulatory roles of known and novel epigenetic modifications in DNA. Tang also develops synthetic biology tools that enable the construction of complex synthetic memories in live cells for various applications, such as single-cell lineage tracing and continuous evolution. Additionally, the Tang Group takes up the mission of exploring unconventional compound categories for drug development using highly functionalized cyclic peptide libraries derived from ribosomal natural products.
Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Tang was an HHMI fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Tang holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Tsinghua University (China).