John Yin

Principal Investigator, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor

BA, Columbia College
BS, Columbia University
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Biophysikalische Chemie

Selected Awards and Honors
Robert Emmett Dolan Prize, supporting cello studies at Juilliard School of Music, New York, 1978-83
Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, 1988
NSF Young Investigator Award, 1994
NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 1996

Research Focus: Viruses cause a diversity of human diseases including acquired immunodeficiency syndrome(AIDS), influenza, hepatitis, and cancer. The focus of our research is to develop new experimental and computational methods to better understand how viruses grow and how their infections spread. Our ultimate goal is to apply these methods to create more effective vaccines, design potent anti-viral therapies, and engineer useful viruses. We currently study influenza A virus, which has the potential to cause a global epidemic, and vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), a virus that may be engineered to destroy cancers.