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Jing Yan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Contact Information

Jing Yan, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Yale University

    902 Kline Biology Tower, 219 Prospect Ave.

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States



Jing Yan is currently an Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and a member of the Quantitative Biology Institute (Qbio) at Yale. Originally from Shanghai, China, he obtained his B.S. degree from the College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering at Peking University in China, with extensive undergraduate research experience in organic synthesis. In 2009, he switched to the field of soft matter physics and pursued Ph.D. degree in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Working with Steve Granick, he developed novel reconfigurable, active colloidal materials during his Ph.D.

In 2014, he stumbled into microbiology at Princeton as a joint postdoctoral researcher in the department of Molecular Biology and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Working with Bonnie Bassler, Howard Stone, and Ned Wingreen, he studied bacterial biofilms with an interdisciplinary approach. With new imaging techniques, he discovered the spontaneous cellular ordering inside V. cholerae biofilms that leads to the formation of tenacious biofilm clusters. His study on the biofilm material properties leads to innovative methods to remove harmful biofilms. He received the Career Award at the Scientific Interface from Burroughs Wellcome Fund in 2016.

Education & Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
    Princeton University (2019)
  • PhD
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Materials Science and Engineering (2014)
  • BSc
    Peking University, Chemistry (2009)

Honors & Recognition

Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Career Award at the Scientific Interface2016

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