Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Wang Lab website

Research Interests:

Detection, identification and characterization of novel and emerging viruses.

Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences profile

Office Address:

Departments of Molecular Microbiology and Pathology & Immunology
Washington University School of Medicine
8250 McDonnell Pediatric Research Building
Campus Box 8230
660 S. Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone, office: 314-286-1123
Phone, lab: 314-286-1124
Fax: 314-362-1232
Email: davewang [at]


1988-1992 B.S. Chemistry, Stanford University
1992-1998 Ph.D. Biological Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1998-2004 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco

Academic Positions:

2010-present Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Pathology & Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine
2004-2010 Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Pathology & Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine

Selected Publications
1. Jiang H, Franz CJ, Wang, D, “Engineering Recombinant Orsay Virus Directly in the Metazoan Host C. elegans” Journal of Virology 2014, JVI.01630-14. [Epub ahead of print].

2. Franz CJ, Renshaw H, Frezal L, Jiang Y, Felix MA, Wang D; “Orsay, Santeuil and Le Blanc viruses primarily infect intestinal cells in Caenorhabditis nematodes” Virology: 2014: 448: 255.

3. Lim ES, Reyes A, Antonio M, Saha D, Ikumapayi UN, Adeyemi M, Stine OC, Skelton R, Brennan DC, Mkakosya RS, Manary MJ, Gordon JI, Wang D; “Discovery of STL polyomavirus, a polyomavirus of ancestral recombinant origin that encodes a unique middle T antigen by alternative splicing” Virology 2013: 436: 295.

4. Handley SA, Thackray LB, Zhao G, Presti R, Miller AD, Droit L, Abbink P, Maxfield LF, Kambal A, Duan E, Stanley K, Kramer J, Macri SC, Permar SR, Schmitz JE, Mansfield K, Brenchley JM, Veazey RS, Stappenbeck TS, Wang D, Barouch DH, Virgin HW; “Pathogenic simian immunodeficiency virus infection is associated with expansion of the enteric virome” Cell 2012: 151: 253.

5. Allred AF, Renshaw H, Weaver SC, Tesh RB, Wang D; “VIPR HMM: A hidden Markov model for detecting recombination with microbial detection microarrays” Bioinformatics 2012: 28: 2922.

6. Siebrasse EA, Bauer I, Holtz LR, Le BM, Lass-Claxton S, Canter C, Hmiel P, Shenoy S, Sweet S, Turmell Y, Shepherd R, Wang D; “Prevalence of human polyomaviruses in a pediatric transplant cohort” Emerging Infectious Diseases 2012: 18: 1676.

7. Cantalupo PG, Calgua B, Zhao G, Hundesa A, Wier AD, Katz JP, Grabe M, Hendrix RW, Girones R, Wang D, Pipas JM, “Raw sewage harbors diverse viral populations” mBio 2011: 2: 00180-11.

8. Felix MA, Ashe A, Pifaretti J, Wu G, Nuez I,  Belicard T, Jiang Y, Zhao G, Franz CJ, Goldstein LD, Sanroman M, Miska EA, Wang D,  “Natural and experimental infection of Caenorhabditis nematodes by novel viruses related to nodaviruses” PLoS Biology 2011: 9: e1000586

9. Finkbeiner SR, Allred AF, Tarr PI, Klein EJ, Kirkwood CD and Wang D, Metagenomic analysis of human diarrhea: viral detection and discovery. PLoS Pathog 2008: 4: e1000011.

10. Gaynor AM, Nissen MD, Whiley DM, Mackay IM, Lambert SB, Wu G, Brennan DC, Storch GA, Sloots TP and Wang D, Identification of a Novel Polyomavirus from Patients with Acute Respiratory Tract Infections. PLoS Pathog 2007: 3: e64.