Yang is Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Food Science & Technology,
Molecular Genetics, and Biochemistry Graduate Program at The Ohio State University. Yang has been
involved in bioprocessing research for more than 40 years, and has 12 related patents, some of which
have been licensed to companies for commercial development. During his 35 years at OSU, Yang
has supervised many research projects on novel processes for value-added products from food wastes,
including metabolic engineering of clostridia and black yeast for biofuels and bio-based chemicals
production, extractive fermentation for production of carboxylic acids, and novel bioreactor design and
process scale up. His group pioneered in engineering clostridia for high-titer and high-yield butyric
acid and n-butanol production from renewable biomass and CO2. His research group also developed the
first cell-based high-throughput system in 3D that can mimic in vivo environment and be used reliably for
screening chemicals and biomolecules as potential drug targets. His current research involves
biocatalysis, fermentation for value-added products from biomass, metabolic engineering, cell and
tissue engineering, functional genomics, and biochips for high-throughput cell-based assays and
biodiagnostics. Dr. Yang has published more than 360 journal papers, proceeding articles, and book
chapters in the field of bioprocess engineering, with over 15,000 total citations and an h-index of 72.