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Wang Tao

Associate Professor

Department of Biology



The primary focus of my group is structural biology using X-ray crystallography to determine the atomic resolution structures of critical proteins and macromolecular complexes in interested pathways. We also divide our efforts for team work of chemotherapeutic drugs development and crystallization methodology development.


Professional Experience:

◆2014.10 – current  Principal Investigator, Associate Professor, Biology Department, Southern University of Science & Technology

◆2011.7 – 2014.9  Principal Investigator, School of Chemical Biology & Biotechnology, Peking University, Shenzhen Graduate School, China 

◆2006.9 – 2011.6  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biology Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA

◆2006.3 – 2006.7  Research Assistant, National Key Laboratoyr of Biomacromolecules, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Educational Background:

◆2001.9 – 2006.3  Ph.D in Biophysics, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Ph.D advisor: Prof. Dongcai Liang (CAS member) and Prof. Wenrui Chang (CAS member).

◆1997.9 – 2001.7  B.S in Biochemistry, Jilin University, China


Honors & Awards:

◆2013:  “Peacock Plan” Shenzhen Oversea’s talent program (Type B)  

◆2013:  Chief of “Protein Studies” Young Scientist Project, National Key Basic Research Program (973 Program) , China  

◆2012:  “BaiRen Plan” Program, Peking University, China

◆2010:  Spotlight Award, in recognition of exceptional job performance, Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA

◆2010:  Top5 scientific discoveries of Brookhaven National Laboratory in 2010, USA


Selected Publication:

◆Li L, Zhang W, Liu Q, Gao Y, Gao Y, Wang Y, Wang DZ*, Li Z*, Wang T*. Structural Insights on the Bacteriolytic and Self-protection Mechanism of Muramidase Effector Tse3 in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. J Biol Chem. 2013 Oct 18;288(42):30607-13. [Epub ahead of print].  (*: Correspondence).

◆Xu J, Shen C, Wang T*, Quan JM*. Structural basis for the inhibition of Polo-like kinase 1. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2013 Sep; 20(9):1047-53. Epub 2013 Jul 28. (*: Correspondence).

◆Phan G#, Remaut H#, Wang T#, Allen WJ#, Pirker KF, Lebedev A, Henderson NS, Geibel S, Volkan E, Yan J, Kunze MB, Pinkner JS, Ford B, Kay CW, Li H, Hultgren SJ, Thanassi DG*, Waksman G*. Crystal structure of the FimD usher bound to its cognate FimC-FimH substrate. Nature. 2011 Jun 2;474(7349):49-53. (Article) (#: Contributed equally). 

◆Wang T, Darwin KH*, Li H*. Binding-induced folding of prokaryotic ubiquitin-like protein on the Mycobacterium proteasomal ATPase targets substrates for degradation. Nat Struct Mol Biol. 2010 Nov; 17(11):1352-7. Epub 2010 Oct 17.

◆Wang T, Li H, Lin G, Tang C, Li D, Nathan CF, Darwin KH*, Li H*. Structural insights on the Mycobacterium tuberculosis proteasomal ATPase Mpa. Structure. 2009 Oct14;17(10):1377-85. See Preview: How ATPase Unravel a Mystery. Structure. 2009 Oct 14;17(10): 1279-1281.

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