Weilan Wang

Postdoctoral Scholar

Faculty of Kinesiology

PhD - Food Microbiology

University of Alberta, 2019

Contact information


Kinesiology : KNB412

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Gut Microbiome
  • Microbial Interactions

Gut Microbiome and Newborns

Maternal microbial transmission and the exposure to environment shape the gut microbiome assembly of newborns. The sequence and composition of early colonizers has been suggested as a significant factor contributing to the high individuality in the assembly of gut microbiota. Wang's research aims to explore the possibilities of educating microbial communities in newborns by supply probiotic or / and prebiotic therapies during pregnancy and lactation.

Supervisor: Dr. Raylene Reimer De Bruyn, PhD 


  1. Wang W, Zijlstra RT, Gänzle MG, 2019. Feeding Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus casei, or Lactobacillus reuteri reduces pathogen load in weanling pigs. Frontiers in Microbiology (submitted)
  2. Hu Y, Heyer CM, Wang W, Zijlstra RT, Gänzle MG, 2019. Digestibility of branched and linear α-gluco-oligosaccharides in vitro and in ileal-cannulated pigs. Functional Foods (submitted)
  3. Wang W, Hu Hui, Zijlstra RT, Zheng J, Gänzle MG, 2019. Metagenomic reconstructions of gut microbial metabolism in weanling pigs. Microbiome, 7:48. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40168-019-0662-1
  4. Wang W and Gänzle MG, 2019. Toward rational selection criteria for selection of probiotics in pigs. Advances in Applied Microbiology, 107, 83-112. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.aambs.2019.03.003
  5. Yan B, Chen Y, Wang W, Zhao J, Chen W, Gänzle MG, 2018. γ-glutamyl cysteine ligase of Lactobacillus reuteri synthesizes γ-glutamyl dipeptides in sourdough. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 66, 46, 12368-75. https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.jafc.8b05056
  6. Zhao X, Wang W, Blaine A, Kane ST, Zijlstra RT, Gänzle MG, 2018. Impact of probiotic Lactobacillus sp. on autochthonous lactobacilli in weaned piglets. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 126, 242-54. https://doi.org/10.1111/jam.14119
  7. Wang W, Zijlstra RT, Gänzle MG, 2017. Identification and quantification of virulence factors of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli by high-resolution melting curve quantitative PCR. BMC Microbiology. 17:114. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12866-017-1023-5


2018 - J Gordin Kaplan Graduate Student Award - University of Alberta

2018 - AFNS Travel Award - University of Alberta

2018 - Graduate Students' Association Academic Travel Award - University of Alberta

2019 - Eyes High Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of Calgary