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., 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 [Wang2008]
  2. 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


  3. Wang, N. & Tiffney, B. H., Seeds of Rhododendron (Ericaceae) from the Late Eocene of California. Palaeontographica, 2001, 245-254.



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
University of Hawaii
1955 East-West Road
Agricultural Science 218
Honolulu, HI 96822
wangn at
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