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Academic Areas: Microbiology/Hydrobiology

Research Interests: Enzyme engineering, Bioenergy, Biomaterial, Aquatic ecology, Ecotoxicology

Academic Degrees

Ph. D

Professional Experience

1998.07-2000.07: Lecturer, Department of Biological Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

2000.08-2002.07: Associate Professor, College of Life Science and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

2000.01-2007.02: Consultant Scientist, Department of Rural and Social Development, the Ministry of Science and Technology.

2002.08-Present: Professor of Biotechnology, College of Life Sciences and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

2008.07- 2012.01: Dean Assistant of College of Life Sciences and Technology, Director of Department of Biotechnology

2008.07- Present: Deputy Director of Key Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics of the Ministry of Education

2012.02- Present: Vice Dean of College of Life Sciences and Technology, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Selected Publications

1. Shuyan Tang, Wang Xi, Zhangyu Cheng, Lei Yin, Ruihao Li, Guozhao Wu, Wangjie Liu, Junjie Xu, Shuaiying Xiang, Yanxiao Zheng, Qian Ge, Kang Ning*, Yunjun Yan*, Yi Zhan*. A living eukaryotic auto-cementation kit from surface display of silica binding peptides on Yarrowia lipolytica. ACS Synthetic Biology (DOI: 10.1021/acssynbio.6b00085)

2. Jinyong Yan, Yunjun Yan, Catherine Madzak, Bingnan Han. 2015. Harnessing biodiesel-producing microbes: from genetic engineering of lipase to metabolic engineering of fatty acid biosynthetic pathway. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, 2015: 1-11

3. Yunjun Yan*, Xiang Li, Guilong Wang, Xiaohua Gui, Guanlin Li, Feng Su, Xiaofeng Wang, Tao Liu. Biotechnological preparation of biodiesel and its high-valued derivatives: A review. Applied Energy, 2014, 113: 1614–1631 (Indexed as both hot paper and highly cited paper in 2014, 2015)

4. Feng Su, Guanlin Li, Yanli Fan, Yunjun Yan*. Enhanced performance of lipase via microcapsulation and its application in biodiesel preparation. Scientific Reports, 6: 29670 (Doi: 10.1038/ srep29670)

5. Yunjun Yan*, Xiaoyan Zhang, Daowei Chen. Enhanced catalysis of Yarrowia lipolytica lipase Lip2 immobilized on macroporous resin and its application in enrichment of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Bioresource Technology, 2013, 131: 179–187

6. Yun Liu*, Dawei Chen, Yunjun Yan*, Cheng Peng and Li Xu. Biodiesel synthesis and conformation of lipase from Bulkholderia cepacia in room temperature ionic liquids and organic solvents. Bioresource Technology, 2011, 102(22):10414-8

7. Daiming Zha, Li Xu, Zhang Houjin, Yunjun Yan*. The two-component GacS-GacA system activates lipA translation by RsmE but not RsmA in Pseudomonas protegens Pf-5. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2014, 80(21): 6627-6637

8. Jun Wang, Wenyan Yu, Li Xu*, Shuyu Wang, Yunjun Yan*. Effect of increasing NAD(H) pool on hydrogen production and metabolic distribution in Enterobacter aerogenes mutants. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2013, 38(2013):13204-13215

9. Yanyan Zhao, Qingju Xue, Xiaomei Su, Liqiang Xie*, Yunjun Yan*, Lixiao Wang,Steinman, Alan D. First identification of the toxicity of microcystin -LR on pancreatic islet function in humans and the involved potential biomarkers. Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50 (6):3137–3144

10. Yanyan Zhao, Qingju Xue, Xiaomei Su, Liqiang Xie*, Yunjun Yan*, Alan D. Steinman. Microcystin-LR induced thyroid dysfunction and metabolic disorders in mice. Toxicology, 328(2015): 135–141

11. Yan Y. Biodiesel. In: Wrigley, C., Corke, H., and Seetharaman, K., Faubion, J., (eds.) Encyclopedia of Food Grains, 2nd Edition, pp. 245-250, Oxford: Academic Press, Kidlington, UK, 2016

Courses Taught

0701542, General Biology (Part I)

0703262, General Ecology

0700035, An Introduction to Life Science

170.560, Advanced Ecology

170.901, Frontier of Microbiology


4 general projects from NSFC (National Natural Science foundation of China)

1 major, 5 key and 4 general projects from 863 Program

2 key projects from Chinese National Programs for R & D

25 key/general projects from Governments of Hubei Province and Wuhan Municipal, and others

7 key projects from enterprises

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