Binnian Wei


Special Interests:

Biomarkers Tobacco exposure Emerging chemicals of health concern Secondhand marijuana smoke exposure

About Me


Dr. Binnian Wei is currently an assistant professor at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He earned his Ph.D. from the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI), Rutgers University in 2012.  Between 2012 and 2017, he worked as a research scientist at the Tobacco and Volatiles Branch (TVB), Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States. He has a broad range of research interests in laboratory sciences. His current research focuses on assessing exposure to emerging chemicals of health concern in consumables, secondhand marijuana smoke and tobacco smoke. Details about Dr. Wei’s research work can be found at his laboratory website.

On July 2, 2019, Dr. Wei was named as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Donald J. Trump.



Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology
  • Department of Health Behavior


Education and Training:

  • PhD - Rutgers University, Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • MS - Peking University, China; BS - Nankai University, China

Honors & Awards

  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), CDC/DHHS (2019)
  • IPA/DGUV Award, International Society of Exposure Science (2012)


Full Publications list on PubMed

Wei, Binnian, Danielle Smith, Richard O'Connor, Mark J. Travers, and Andrew Hyland. "Examining the Association between the Body Burdens of Harmful Chemicals and the Heaviness of Marijuana Smoking." Chem. Res. Toxicol., 2018, 31 (8), pp 643–645. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.8b00160

Wei, Binnian; Goniewicz, M.L.; O’Connor, R.J.; Travers, M.J.; Hyland, A.J. Urinary Metabolite Levels of Flame Retardants in Electronic Cigarette Users: A Study Using the Data from NHANES 2013–2014. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 201. 

Dunbar, Zachary R., Ananth Das, Richard J. O’Connor, Maciej L. Goniewicz, Binnian Wei, and Mark J. Travers. "Brief Report: Lead Levels in Selected Electronic Cigarettes from Canada and the United States." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15, no. 1 (2018): 154.

Wilson, Karen M., Michelle R. Torok, Binnian Wei, Lanqing Wang, Michelle Robinson, Connie S. Sosnoff, and Benjamin C. Blount. "Detecting biomarkers of secondhand marijuana smoke in young children." Pediatric research 81, no. 4 (2016): 589-592.

Wei, Binnian, Lanqing Wang, and Benjamin C. Blount. "Analysis of cannabinoids and their metabolites in human urine." Analytical chemistry 87, no. 20 (2015): 10183.

Wei, Binnian, James E. McGuffey, Benjamin C. Blount, and Lanqing Wang. "Sensitive Quantification of Cannabinoids in Milk by Alkaline Saponification–Solid Phase Extraction Combined with Isotope Dilution UPLC–MS/MS." ACS Omega 1, no. 6 (2016): 1307-1313.

Wei, Binnian, K. Udeni Alwis, Zheng Li, Lanqing Wang, Liza Valentin-Blasini, Connie S. Sosnoff, Yang Xia, Kevin P. Conway, and Benjamin C. Blount. "Urinary concentrations of PAH and VOC metabolites in marijuana users." Environment international 88 (2016): 1-8.

Wei, Binnian, John T. Bernert, Benjamin C. Blount, Connie S. Sosnoff, Lanqing Wang, Patricia Richter, and James L. Pirkle. "Temporal trends of secondhand smoke exposure: nonsmoking workers in the United States (NHANES 2001–2010)." Environmental health perspectives 124, no. 10 (2016): 1568.

Wei, Binnian, Benjamin C. Blount, Baoyun Xia, and Lanqing Wang. "Assessing exposure to tobacco-specific carcinogen NNK using its urinary metabolite NNAL measured in US population: 2011–2012." Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology 26, no. 3 (2016): 249-256.

Wei, Binnian, June Feng, Imran J. Rehmani, Sharyn Miller, James E. McGuffey, Benjamin C. Blount, and Lanqing Wang. "A high-throughput robotic sample preparation system and HPLC-MS/MS for measuring urinary anatabine, anabasine, nicotine and major nicotine metabolites." Clinica Chimica Acta 436 (2014): 290-297.

McGuffey, James E., Binnian Wei, John T. Bernert, John C. Morrow, Baoyun Xia, Lanqing Wang, and Benjamin C. Blount. "Validation of a LC-MS/MS method for quantifying urinary nicotine, six nicotine metabolites and the minor tobacco alkaloids—anatabine and anabasine—in smokers' urine." PLoS One 9, no. 7 (2014): e101816.