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Yu Deng

BAE Professor Yu DengDr. Yu Deng comes to Kansas State University Olathe from New Hampshire, where he was a postdoctoral researcher in Dartmouth College. Prior to his appointment at Dartmouth, he earned his Ph.D from Virginia Commonwealth University, majoring chemical and life science engineering. His bachelor and master degrees are from Jiangnan University, China. Dr. Deng's experience with the biotechnology industry complements and is an ideal fit for his teaching and research position at K-State Olathe. 


  • Ph.D., Chemical and Life Science Engineering, 2011, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.S., Engineering, 2007, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China
  • B.S, Engineering, 2005, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China

Research Interests

  • Metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, genetic engineering, systems biological engineering, and fermentation engineering. 

Publications/Scholarly Work

Jilai Zhou, Daniel Olson, Aaron Argyros, Yu Deng, Walter van Gulik, Johannes van Dijken, and Lee Lynd. Atypical glycolysis in Clostridium thermocellum, 2013, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 3000-3008

Yu Deng, Daniel G. Olson, Jilai Zhou, Christopher D. Herring, Arthur J. Shaw, Lee R. Lynd. Redirecting carbon flux through exogenous pyruvate kinase to achieve high ethanol yields in Clostridium thermocellum. 2013, Metabolic Engineering, 15:151-158

Yu Deng, Stephen S. Fong. Laboratory evolution and multi-platform genome re-sequencing of the cellulolytic actinobacterium Thermobifida fusca. 2011, Journal of Biological Chemistry 286: 39958-39966

Yu Deng, Stephen S. Fong. Metabolic engineering of Thermobifida fusca for direct aerobic bioconversion of untreated lignocellulosic biomass to 1-propanol. 2011, Metabolic Engineering, 13:570-577

Yu Deng, Stephen S. Fong. Development and application of a PCR-targeted gene disruption method for studying CelR function in Thermobifida fusca. 2010, Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76: 2098-2106

Dr. Deng can be reached at
913-307-7382 or dengy@k-state.edu.

View his CV (pdf)