Joseph Tang Lab/Clark University

Biochemistry, Enzymology, Microbial Physiology and Metabolism

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Assistant Professor, Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

S331 and S332 (Lab) and S226 (Office), Sackler Sciences Center

Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610, USA

Phone: 1-508-793-7536



2003      Ph.D. Biochemistry (minor in Pharmacy), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

1992      M.S. Organic Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

1990      B.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry, Tamkang University, Taipei, Taiwan

Position Held

2011 -                 Assistant Professor, Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Clark University

2008 – 2011         Research Scientist, Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry, Washington University in St. Louis

2004 – 2008         Joint Postdoctoral Fellow, Genomic Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University

2003 – 2004         Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Stanford University

1997 – 2003         Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

1990 – 1992         Graduate Research assistant, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Service to Profession

2011 -                Research Affiliate: the Photosynthetic Research Antenna Center (an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy)

2011 -                Associated editorial board: International Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

2011 -                Reviewers Board: Journal of Pediatric Biochemistry

2009 -                Proposal Review Panel: Center for Structural Molecular Biology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Neutron Science program

Research Grants, Honors and Awards

2010                  Co-principal investigator, research grant from NASA Exobiology program

2005 – 2007       Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

2006 – 2007       Research grants from the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center (NSRRC) and National Science Council (NSC), Taiwan

2001 – 2002       Steenbock/Wharton Pre-doctoral Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Biochemistry I

Bio-analytical Chemistry

Protein Chemistry

Direct Study

Book Chapters

Tang, K.H. (2012) Functional genomics of anoxygenic green bacteria Chloroflexi species and evolution of photosynthesis. In: D Ekinci (ed.) Biochemistry, Chapter 15, InTech. 365-380.

Sattley, W.M., Asao, M., Tang, K.H. and Collins, A.M. (2013) Energy conservation in heliobacteria: Photo-synthesis and Central Carbon Metabolism. In: Hohmann-Marriott, M.F. (ed.) The Structural Basis of Biological Energy Generation. Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration book series, Springer, Dordrecht. In press.

Tang, K.H. and Blankenship, R.E. (2013) Encyclopedia of Biophysics In G.C.K. Roberts (ed. in chief), V. Davidson (volume ed.) Springer-Verlag. pp 1868-1873.