John Yin

Dept. of Chemical & Biological Engineering Professor Lab Website 316-4323

3172 Discovery Building
330 N. Orchard Street
Madison, WI 53715-1119


B.A., B.S., Columbia College
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Postdoctoral, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Biophysikalische Chemie, Goettingen, German

Theoretical and experimental approaches to understand how viruses grow and evolve

Systems studied imageWe aim to advance a quantitative and integrated understanding how viruses grow and their infections spread. We are developing experimental systems and computational simulations for three single-stranded RNA viruses: vesicular stomatitis virus, a negative-sense RNA virus; and human rhinovirus (HRV) and Zika (ZIKV) virus, both positive-sense RNA viruses. Quantitative experiments are enabling the development of predictive models of growth and spread. Our recent studies entail high-throughput measures of single-cell infections, dual-color virus and host-cell reporters of virus-host interactions, single-cell measures of virus-DIP(defective interfering particle) interaction. Overall, our approaches are directed toward a deeper ‘systems level’ understanding of how viruses grow and cause disease, and we aim to exploit such understanding to develop novel anti-viral strategies that resist escape.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Astrobiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
  • Microbial Biophysics & Virology
  • Spectroscopy Microscopy Imaging
  • Synthetic & Systems Biology