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Norman Wang

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Why I Want to Build a MoonBase

I have always been interested in exploration, and developing space technologies that will expand our habitable frontier.  As we prepare ourselves to become a space faring species in the next few decades, there is a need for developing new technologies that will enable us to not only withstand but thrive in harsh environments. I believe by building a moon base, we will also learn how to use the same technologies to increase the sustainability of earth-bound communities.

I'm Passionate About

Science! biotechnology and space exploration. Sailing, Biking.

Professional Biography

Career Experience

  • 2013-2014, Cambrian Genomics, Senior Research Scientist
  • 2012-2013, Universal Bio Mining, Senior Research Scientist
  • 2011 Brown-Stanford iGEM Team, Graduate Student Advisor
  • 2008 U. Hawaii iGEM Team, Graduate Student Advisor
  • 2003-2006, Biogen Idec, Boston, Protein Evolution, Antibody Engineering, Cheminformatics, Protein Engineering
  • 2002, Pharmacopeia, New Jersey, Cheminformatics


  • 2006-, PhD Candidate, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • 2001-2003, MS, Bioinformatics, Northeastern University
  • 1996-2000, BS, Biology, University of California Santa Barbara

Past Research

  • Massively parallel gene synthesis, verification and assembly platform (Cambrian Genomics)
  • Bioleaching of sulfide ores for gold and copper using chemolithotrophic bacteria (Universal Biomining)
  • In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) of Lunar & Martian regolith (NASA SBIR Grant)
  • Horizontal transfer and characterization of carboxysomes from Halothiobacillus neapolitanus to E. coli
  • Cyanobacteria Synechocystis sp. PCC6803, inorganic carbon uptake and fixation, PHB biosynthesis.
  • Hawaiian Algal Database (HADB): database specializing on morphology and DNA sequence data of Hawaiian algae.
  • Hawaiian Fresh Water Algal Database (HfwADB): database on freshwater algae of the Hawaiian Islands.
How I and/or my organization will contribute to building a MoonBase. - 250 Max Characters

I will contribute my expertise in microbiology and bio-mining to develop new building materials.  I would like to explore the use of biotechnology to recycle waste-stream to combine it with regolith, and for the bioextraction of rock-bound resources.

Let's Talk About

biomining and synthetic biology

My Areas of Expertise

My expertise is mostly in biology: specifically computational biology, genetics, microbiology and synthetic biology. I worked in the R&D department at several biotechs in Boston and San Diego applying computational biology to the field of protein engineering.  I traveled to Hawaii to pursue a degree in Molecular Biology to work on cyanobacterial carbon-sequestration. Eventually I joined Universal Biomining (bioleaching with extremophiles), and Cambrian Genomics (DNA synthesis technology).