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Dr Yi Jin

Dr Yi Jin

Research Fellow in Chemical Biology
Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow

+44 (0) 29 20870749
0.31C, Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3AT
Available for postgraduate supervision


My goal is to focus on significant problems in biology and medicine with a clear vision of the structure and mechanistic activity of enzymes and their inhibitors defined at the molecular level.  I am committed to several projects in my own burgeoning group, as well as in internal and external collaborations using my interdisciplinary knowledge of chemistry, molecular biology, crystallography, and NMR.

I am also actively involved in the International Student Exchange and Recruitment Scheme for the College.

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2008 - 2012:  PhD  University of Sheffield, UK  (with Prof. Jonathan Waltho and Prof. Mike Blackburn)

2005 - 2008:  MSc   Xiamen University, China (with Prof. Yufen Zhao)

2001 - 2005:  BSc  Xiamen University, China

Career Overview:

2019 - present: Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow

2017 - present: University Research Fellow,  Cardiff University, School of Chemistry

2014 - 2017:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of York, UK (Prof. Gideon Davies, FRS, FMedSci)

2012 - 2014:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sheffield, UK (Prof. Jonathan Waltho)

Honours and awards

2018              The Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard Award

2017              Wellcome Trust Seed Award

2015              UK Young Representative for IUPAC World Chemistry Congress and General Assembly, funded by RSC

2008-2012    Overseas Research Studentship Award, funded by British Council

2008              Chinese Master's Distinguished Dissertation Award

2001-2005     First-Class National Scholarship, Xiamen University, China

Professional memberships

Early career member, British Biochemical Society

AMRSC, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Ambassador of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network (STEM)












CH3405 Advanced Techniques in Organic and Biological Chemistry

CH4207 Introduction to the Chemistry of Life

Current major projects in the Jin Group:

* Structural studies on protein-protein interactions involved in sepsis.

* Targeting small G protein interactions for the development of inhibitors using chemical and structural biology approach.

* Mechanistic investigation of Alarmone (p)ppGpp hydrolases involved in bacterial persistence.

* Biochemical studies of carbohydrate processing enzymes from gut microbiota involved in colon mucin degradation.

* Catalytic mechanism of beta-lactamases (in collaboration with Dr. Yuan He, Northwest  University, China)

* Structure-guided inhibitor design for human Mitochondrial Thymine kinase (TK2) (in collaboration with Dr. Youcef Mehellou, Cardiff University, UK)


I am interested in supervising PhD students with a strong chemistry background, but not limited to the areas of:

  • Organic synthesis for inhibitors of enzymes;
  • Catalytic mechanisms of enzymes;
  • Structural biology using X-ray protein crystallography;
  • Protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions using NMR;
  • Bacterial persistence using cell-assays.