Position title: Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
John Yin grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., studied in NYC and Berkeley, CA, as well as Germany, but he has now finally settled down with wife and two boys in Madison in biking distance to the University.
Research Description: 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 human rhinovirus, which causes the common cold and promotes asthma in infants, and vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV), a virus that may be engineered to destroy cancers.
John as the Kohler Fellow faculty advisor provides science expertise, networks and resources for science-art fusion project implementation.