Weizhou Wang PhD, MLS (ASCP)CM

Assistant Professor, Molecular Diagnostics
Office: FSU 160 GR
Phone: (616) 643-5718
Email: wangw@ferris.edu


Ph.D. University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Guelph, Canada

M. Pharm. University of the Western Cape, South Africa

B.S. Jilin University, China


Area of Teaching/Academic Specialty

I teach the courses DMOL 410, 411, 220, 221, 420, 421 and 499 in the Molecular Diagnostics program. My specialty areas include clinical molecular detection methodologies, virology and molecular microbiology.


My research interests focus on study of the viral vector systems for delivering therapeutic agents for the treatment of cancers and degenerative diseases. This is a long term research project, including selection of suitable viral vector candidates, modifying the pathogenic human viruses, genetically engineering therapeutic agents into a viral vector system, animal and human trials, etc. In addition, we are also in the process of developing molecular detection methods to rapidly identify a variety of bacterial resistance genes. The establishment of a series of biomarkers for bacterial pathogens is also one of our research endeavors.

Selected Publications

Meng B., Li C., Wang W. (2009). Toward development of grapevine rupestris stem-pitting associated virus into VIGS vector. In Extended Abstracts of the 16th Meeting of the International Council for the Study of Virus and Virus-like Diseases of the Grapevine. 31 August–4 September, pp. 331–332. Dijon, France.

 Meng B and Wang W. (2006). Toward the establishment of infectious cDNA clones for grapevine rupestris stem pitting-associated virus. Phytopathology, 96 (6): S77-S78 Suppl. S.

Meng, B., Li, C., Wang, W., Goszczynski, D. and Gonsalves, D. (2005). The complete genome sequences of two new variants of grapevine rupestris stem pitting-associated virus and comparative analyses. Journal of General Virology 86, 1555-1560

Wang, W., Davison, S and Krell, P. (2004). Identification and characterization of a major early-transcribed gene of Trichoplusia ni single nucleocapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus using the baculovirus expression system. Virus Genes (29) 19-28.

Fielding, B., C., Khan, S., Wang, W., Kruger, C., Abrahams, R., and Davison, S. (2002). The genetic organization of a 2972 basepair DNA fragment of a single capsid nucleopolyhedrovirus isolated from Trichoplusia ni. Virus Genes 25, 35-43.

 Wang, W., Leat, N., Fielding B. C., and Davison, S. (2001). Identification, sequencing analysis and phylogeny of the immediateearly gene 1 of the Trichoplusia ni single nucleocapsid polyhedrosis virus. Virus Genes 23, 53-62.

Syce J.A, Roomanay M and Wang W. (1998). The effect of a prodrug of the bronchodilator, etafedrine, on the guinea-pig tracheal muscle. Naunyn Schmiedebergs Archives of Pharmacology (1998): 358 (Suppl 1): R333

Professional Presentations:

Wang W. Development and evaluation of a real-time multiplex PCR approach for detection of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases in clinical isolates. 2011 ASCP Annual Meeting/WASPaLM XXVI World Congress, October 19-22, 2011, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA,

Wang W. and LaBombardi V. Evaluation of immunological and molecular methods for detection of the novel influenza A virus. 26th Annual Clinical Virology Symposium, April 2010, Daytona, FL, USA.

Wang, W., Leat, N., Fielding B. C., and Davison, S. Identification, sequencing analysis and phylogeny of the immediate early gene 1 of the Trichoplusia ni single nucleocapsid polyhedrosis virus.11th Biennial Congress of the South Africa Society for microbiology, January 2000, Grahamstown, South Africa.


Professional certification and licensure

Medical Laboratory Scientist, American Society for Clinical Pathology, USA

Clinical Laboratory Scientist, National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel, USA

New York State license for Clinical Laboratory Scientist