Yong Xue, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow


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Yong Xue, PhD, joined the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, MD in 2018 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Dr. Sanjay Vashee’s group in the Synthetic Biology and Bioenergy Group. His research interests involve developing broad range applications of synthetic microbiomes.

Prior to joining JCVI, Dr. Xue was an ORISE fellow at U.S. Food and Drug Administration where he worked on development of flow cytometric based rapid detection and enumeration platform of food-borne pathogens (RAPID-B). Dr. Xue holds a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the Shandong University, a master’s degree in Molecular Microbiology from Virginia Tech, and a PhD degree in Molecular Genetics from University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Research Priorities

Signature Infiltration and Maintenance on Plasmid Elements creating a Forensic Microbial System.

  • Develop unique barcoded signatures and detect these signatures in field.
  • Engineer broad host range plasmids that infiltrate a soil microbiome.


Select Publications

Flow-Cytometry-Based Method to Detect Escherichia coli and Shigella Spp. Using 16S rRNA-Based Probe.
Current protocols in toxicology. 2017-02-01;
PMID: 28146281
Development of a Flow Cytometry-Based Method for Rapid Detection of Escherichia coli and Shigella Spp. Using an Oligonucleotide Probe.
PloS one. 2016-01-01; 11.3: e0150038.
PMID: 26913737
Cyanobacteria as cell factories to produce plant secondary metabolites.
Frontiers in bioengineering and biotechnology. 2015-01-01; 3.57.
PMID: 25973419
Genetically engineering Synechocystis sp. Pasteur Culture Collection 6803 for the sustainable production of the plant secondary metabolite p-coumaric acid.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2014-07-01; 111.26: 9449-54.
PMID: 24927550
RpaA regulates the accumulation of monomeric photosystem I and PsbA under high light conditions in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803.
PloS one. 2012-01-01; 7.3: e45139.
PMID: 23024802