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Caixia "Ellen" Wan Assistant Professor

Caixia “Ellen” Wan is an assistant professor in the Bioengineering Department at the University of Missouri. Her research is focused on the development of advanced technologies for the conversion of biomass to value-added products. She is exploring novel biochemical conversion processes for the sustainable production of bioenergy, biofuels and other bioproducts. Her research involves biocatalyst development and biocatalysis, metabolic engineering, bioreactor design and bioprocess optimization. She is also interested in the development of integrated biorefinery systems for efficiently converting biomass to advanced biofuels and co-products.

Technical Focus

  • Biofuels and bioproducts
  • Biocatalyst development and biocatalysis
  • Bioprocess optimization


  • PhD from The Ohio State University