Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dae-Wook Kang, Ph.D.

daewook kang
     Assistant Professor
     Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
     The University of Toledo
     Mail Stop 307
     3025 Nitschke Hall
     2801 W. Bancroft Street
     Toledo, OH 43606-3390
     phone: 419.530.8127, fax: 419.530.8116



University of Wisconsin-Madison       Civil and Environmental Engineering             Ph.D.   2009
Seoul National University                   Civil and Environmental Engineering             M.S.    2002
Seoul National University                   Civil Engineering (Urban Engr. Major)           B.S.     1998


2019.1. – present        Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Toledo
2018.6. – 2018.12.      Associate Research Scientist, Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Arizona State University
2014.6. – 2018.5.        Assistant Research Scientist, Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Arizona State University
2009.9. – 2014.5.        Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biodesign Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Arizona State University
2003.9. – 2009.8.        Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2002.9. – 2003.8.        Project Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2001.3. – 2002.8.        Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental & 1998.3. – 1998.11.  Engineering, Seoul National University


My research interests are employing multi-omics technologies and bioinformatics to advance understanding of the role of microbiota on environmental engineering systems, nature, and human health, and eventually to improve human public health and environment sustainability.

PUBLICATIONS(last 5 years, for full publication list please see the link;

  • Sharon, G., Cruz, N. J., Kang, D.-W., Gandal, M. J., Wang, B., Kim, Y. M., Zink, E. M., Casey, C. P., Taylor, B. C., Lane, C. J., Bramer, L. M., Isern, N. G., Hoyt, D. W., Noecker, C., Sweredoski, M., Moradian, A., Borenstein, E., Jansson, J. K., Knight, R., Metz, T. O., Lois, C., Geschwind, D. H., Krajmalnik-Brown, R., Mazmanian, S. K. (2019) “Human Gut Microbiota from Autism Spectrum Disorder Promote Behavioral Symptoms in Mice” Cell 177(6): 1600-1618.
  • Bokulich, N.A., Maldonado, J., Kang, D.-W., Krajmalnik-Brown, R., Caporaso, J.G. (2019) “Rapidly processed stool swabs approximate stool microbiota profiles” mSphere 4(2): e00208-19.
  • Kang, D.-W., Adams, B.J., Coleman, D.M., Pollard, E., Maldonado, J., McDonough-Menas S., Caporaso, J.C., Krajmalnik-Brown, R. (2019) "Long-term benefit of Microbiota Transfer Therapy on autism symptoms and gut microbiota" Scientific Reports 9: 5821.
  • Kang, D.-W., Ilhan, Z. E., Isern, N., Hoyt, D., Howsmon, D. P., Shaffer, M., Lozupone, C. A., Hahn, J., Adams, J. B., Krajmalnik-Brown, R. (2018) “Differences in fecal microbial metabolites and microbiota of children with autism spectrum disorders” Anaerobe49:121-131.
  • Ilhan, Z. E., DiBaise, J. K., Isern, N., Hoyt, D., Marcus, A. K., Kang, D.-W., Crowell, M., Rittmann, B., Krajmalnik-Brown, R. (2017) “Distinctive microbiomes and metabolites linked with weight loss after gastric bypass, but not gastric banding” ISMEJournal, doi: 10.1038/ismej.2017.71.
  • Ilhan, Z. E., Marcus, A. K., Kang, D.-W., Rittmann, B., Krajmalnik-Brown, R. (2017) “pH-mediated microbial and metabolic interactions in fecal enrichment cultures” mSphere 2(3): e00047.
  • Kang, D.-W.*, Adams, J. B.*, Gregory, A. C.*, Borody, T., Chittick, L., Fasano, A., Khoruts, A., Geis, E., Maldonado, J., McDonough-Means, S., Pollard, E. L., Roux, S., Sadowsky, M. J., Schwarzberg Lipson, K., Sullivan, M. B., Caporaso, J. G., and Krajmalnik-Brown, R. (2017) “Microbiota transfer alters gut ecosystem and improves gastrointestinal and autism symptoms: an open-label study” Microbiome 5:10. [*co-first authors]
  • Kang, D.-W., DiBaise, J.K., Ilhan, E.Z., Crowell, M.D., Rideout, J. R., Caporaso J. G., Rittmann, B.E., and Krajmalnik-Brown, R. (2015) “Gut microbial and short-chain fatty acid profiles in adults with chronic constipation before and after treatment with lubiprostone” Anaerobe 33:33-41.
  • Krajmalnik-Brown R, Lozupone C, Kang,D.-W, Adams J.B. (2015) "Gut bacteria in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Challenges and promise of studying how complex community influences a complex disease. Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease 26: 26914.
  • Ruiz, V., Ilhan, Z. E., Kang, D.-W., Krajmalnik-Brown, R., Buitron, G. (2014) “The source of inoculum plays a defining role in the development of MEC microbial consortia fed with acetic and propionic acid mixtures” Journal of Biotechnology 182: 11-18.
  • Delgado, A. G., Kang, D.-W., Nelson, K. G., Fajardo-Williams, D., Done, H. Y., Potat, S. C., and Krajmalnik-Brown, R. (2014) “Selective enrichment techniques abridge soil or sediment microbial diversity to yield robust chlorinated ethane-respiring Dehalococcoides” PLOS ONE 9(6): e100654.
  • Kang, D.-W. and Noguera, D.R., (2014) “Candidatus Accumulibacter phosphatis: An elusive bacterium responsible for enhanced biological phosphorus removal” Journal of Environmental Engineering, 140(1): 2-10.
Last Updated: 6/27/22