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Dongbo Wang

Research Interests

  • Non-classical mineralization
  • Osteoblast mediated mineralization
  • Mineralized tissue formation
  • Calcium phosphate minerals and precursors

I am interested in biomineralization or the non-classical mineralization processes that are responsible for forming the organized structures found in hard tissues such as bone and teeth. In order to gain mechanistic insight into biomineralization processes we are conducting cell culture experiments as well as calcium phosphate precursor and mineral synthesis in the presence and absence of proteins and polymer additives.


  • NIST Sigma Xi Poster Award – Outstanding (2013)
  • NIST/NRC-ARRA Post-Doctoral Research Associateship Award (2010)
  • Mineralogical Society of America Grant for Student Research in Mineralogy (2009)
  • NSF IGERT, Virginia Tech EIGER fellow (2005-2010)
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention (2004) 


D. Wang, J. Ye, S. Hudson, K. Scott, S. Lin-Gibson, The size dependent interaction between nanoparticles and collagen: Implications for biomineralization, (submitted)

J. Ye, D. Wang, D.N. Zeiger, W.C. Miles, S. Lin-Gibson, Different kinetic pathways of early-stage calcium-phosphate cluster aggregation induced by carboxylate-containing polymers (in prep)

W. Tutak, S. Sarkar, S Lin-Gibson, T.M. Farooque, J. Giri, D. Wang, J. Kohn, D. Bolikal, C.G. Simon, Jr. Airbrushed Nanofiber Scaffolds Support Bone Marrow Stromal Cell Differentiation, Biomaterials, 2013

D. Wang, A. Fernandez-Martinez, Order from Disorder, Science, 2012

D. Wang, T. Echigo, A. Giuffre, L.M. Hamm, J.D. Rimstidt, J.J. De Yoreo, J. Grotzinger and P.M. Dove. Revisiting geochemical controls on patterns of carbonate deposition through the lens of multiple pathways to mineralization, Faraday Discussions, 2012

A.F. Wallace, D. Wang, L.H. Hamm, A. Knoll, P.M. Dove. Eukaryotic skeletal formation, in Fundamentals of Geobiology, edited by A. Knoll, D. Canfield, and K. Konhauser, Blackwell, 2012

D. Wang, L.M. Hamm R.J. Bodnar and P.M. Dove. Correlation of carbonate Raman ν1 band position in Amorphous Calcium Carbonates (ACC) with magnesium content. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 2012

 D. Wang, A.F. Wallace, J.J. De Yoreo and P.M. Dove. Biomolecules influence calcification by controlling magnesium content of amorphous calcium carbonate, PNAS, 2009

T.M. Willey, J.R.I. Lee, J.D. Fabbri, D. Wang, M.H. Nielsen, J.C. Randel, P.R. Schreiner, A.A. Fokin, B.A. Tkachenko, N.A. Fokina, J.E.P. Dahl, R.M.K. Carlson, L.J. Terminello, N.A. Melosh, T. van Buuren, Determining orientational structure of diamondoid thiols attached to silver using near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, Journal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena, 2009

J.R.I. Lee, T.Y.J. Han, T.M. Willey, D. Wang, R.W. Meulenberg, J. Nilsson, P.M. Dove, L.J. Terminello, T. van Buuren, J.J. De Yoreo, Structural development of mercaptophenol self-assembled monolayers and the overlying mineral phase during templated CaCO3 crystallzation from a transient amorphous film, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2007

Dongbo Wang


Materials Research Engineer
Biosystems and Biomaterials Division
Biomaterials Group


B.S., Computer Science, University of Colorado (2004)

Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Thesis Advisor: Patricia M. Dove, (2010)


Phone: 301-975-5520
Fax: 301-975-4977