Binnian Wei, PhD Binnian Wei, PhD

Binnian Wei


Special Interests:

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

About Binnian Wei


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:

  • 2012 - PhD - Rutgers University, Biomedical and Health Sciences
  • MS - Peking University, China
  • BS - Nankai University, China

Professional Experience:

  • 2012-2017 - Research Scientist - Tobacco and Volatiles Branch, Division of Laboratory Sciences, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Honors & Awards:

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


Full Publications list on PubMed
  • Wei B, Smith D, O'Connor R, Travers MJ, Hyland A. Examining the Association between Body Burdens of Harmful Chemicals and Heaviness of Marijuana Smoking. Chem Res Toxicol. 2018 Aug 20;31(8):643-645. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrestox.8b00160. Epub 2018 Aug 6. PMID: 30052028.
  • Wei B, Goniewicz ML, O'Connor RJ, Travers MJ, Hyland AJ. 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 Jan 25;15(2):201. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15020201. PMID: 29370113; PMCID: PMC5858270.
  • Dunbar ZR, Das A, O'Connor RJ, Goniewicz ML, Wei B, Travers MJ. Brief Report: Lead Levels in Selected Electronic Cigarettes from Canada and the United States. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 Jan 19;15(1):154. doi: 10.3390/ijerph15010154. PMID: 29351185; PMCID: PMC5800253.
  • Wilson KM, Torok MR, Wei B, Wang L, Robinson M, Sosnoff CS, Blount BC. Detecting biomarkers of secondhand marijuana smoke in young children. Pediatr Res. 2017 Apr;81(4):589-592. doi: 10.1038/pr.2016.261. Epub 2016 Dec 2. PMID: 27911435; PMCID: PMC5701510.
  • Wei B, Wang L, Blount BC. Analysis of Cannabinoids and Their Metabolites in Human Urine. Anal Chem. 2015 Oct 20;87(20):10183-7. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.5b02603. Epub 2015 Oct 5. PMID: 26411292; PMCID: PMC5022557.
  • Wei B, McGuffey JE, Blount BC, Wang L. Sensitive Quantification of Cannabinoids in Milk by Alkaline Saponification-Solid Phase Extraction Combined with Isotope Dilution UPLC-MS/MS. ACS Omega. 2016;1(6):1307-1313. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.6b00253. Epub 2016 Dec 20. PMID: 28956022; PMCID: PMC5611668.
  • Wei B, Alwis KU, Li Z, Wang L, Valentin-Blasini L, Sosnoff CS, Xia Y, Conway KP, Blount BC. Urinary concentrations of PAH and VOC metabolites in marijuana users. Environ Int. 2016 Mar;88:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2015.12.003. Epub 2015 Dec 12. PMID: 26690539; PMCID: PMC5024567.
  • Wei B, Bernert JT, Blount BC, Sosnoff CS, Wang L, Richter P, Pirkle JL. Temporal Trends of Secondhand Smoke Exposure: Nonsmoking Workers in the United States (NHANES 2001-2010). Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Oct;124(10):1568-1574. doi: 10.1289/EHP165. Epub 2016 May 10. PMID: 27164619; PMCID: PMC5047768.
  • Wei B, Blount BC, Xia B, Wang L. Assessing exposure to tobacco-specific carcinogen NNK using its urinary metabolite NNAL measured in US population: 2011-2012. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2016 May-Jun;26(3):249-56. doi: 10.1038/jes.2014.88. Epub 2015 Jan 7. PMID: 25564369; PMCID: PMC4520776.
  • Wei B, Feng J, Rehmani IJ, Miller S, McGuffey JE, Blount BC, Wang L. A high-throughput robotic sample preparation system and HPLC-MS/MS for measuring urinary anatabine, anabasine, nicotine and major nicotine metabolites. Clin Chim Acta. 2014 Sep 25;436:290-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cca.2014.06.012. Epub 2014 Jun 23. PMID: 24968308; PMCID: PMC4516125.
  • McGuffey JE, Wei B, Bernert JT, Morrow JC, Xia B, Wang L, Blount BC. 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. 2014 Jul 11;9(7):e101816. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101816. PMID: 25013964; PMCID: PMC4094486.

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