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Professor YAN, Aixin

Professor YAN, Aixin

Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU

BSc (Shanxi); PhD (Peking)

  • 3917 3864
  • 2858 3477
  • KBSB 7S01

Teaching Areas

  • Biological Sciences Laboratory Course

  • Microbial Physiology and Biotechnology

  • Clinical Microbiology and Applied Immunology


Research Interests

  • Microbiology

  • Molecular Biology

  • CRISPR-Cas

  • Antimicrobial Resistance

  • Microbial Stress Responses

  • Host-pathogen Interface

  • Genomics and Transcriptomes

  • Gene Regulation


Current Research

  • Origin and mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and combating strategies

  • Biofilm formation and dual control of biofilm and antibiotic resistance

  • CRISPR-Cas in genomic manipulation and antimicrobial resistance

  • Bacterial Physiology and Virulence at the Host-Pathogen Interface


Research Team

PhD students:

Ms. TIAN, Mengdan (BSc, Wuhan University)

Mr. NING, Jiajun (Bsc, Jilin University)

Mr. ZHANG, Guangming (Bsc, South China University of Technology)

Ms. GUO, Mengyao (Bsc, Tianjin University)

Ms. CHEN, Zhe (Bsc, Zhejiang University)

Ms. SU, Yingtong (Msc, CAS)

Mr. WANG, Shiwei (Msc, Wuhan University)

Mr. WAN, Wenrui (Bsc, McGill University)



  • State University of New York at Stony Brook

  • Duke University

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison


Publications and News

  • Congratulations to Mr. XU Zeling for being awarded the J.G. Phillips Memorial Scholarship 2016 
  • Congratulations to Mr. LAI Yong for the Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds Travel Grant for the EMBO Synthetic Biology in Action, , June 8-20, 2015, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany 
  • Congratulations to Miss GAO Xiang for the Travel award of the 112th General Meeting of American Society of Microbiology (ASM), June 16-19, 2012, San Francisco, USA 
  • Congratulations to Miss SHAN Yue for the Travel Award of the 2011 Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages Meeting, August 2-7, 2011, Madison, Wisconsin, USA 
  • Congratulations to Miss XIAO Min Feng for the Carl Storm International Diversity Fellowship on the Multi-drug Efflux Systems Gordon Research Conference, Les Diablerets, Switzerland, 2011 
  • Congratulations to Summer Research Fellowship, Mr LUK Chak Hon, Faculty of Science, HKU, 2012 
  • Congratulations to Best Oral Presentation Award, Undergraduate Research Colloquium Presentation 2012-2013, Mr LUK Chak Hon, Faculty of Science, HKU, 2012 
  • Congratulations to Overseas Research Fellowship, Mr. LEUNG Man Him, Sammy, Faculty of Science, HKU, 2011 
  • Congratulations to Summer Research Fellowship, Miss LIU Jun Yan, Faculty of Science, HKU, 2010 
  • Congratulations to Miss LAM Yuen Man for winning the First prize for Undergraduate Research Colloquium Presentation, Faculty of Science, HKU, 2009


Awards and Honours

  • 2014-2016 Visiting Professor, Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, Japan
  • 2013 Young Investigator's Award, Hong Kong Society of Immunology
  • 2013 Best Oral Presentation Award, The Annual Scientific Meeting of the Hong Kong Society of Immunology
  • 2011 Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) Young Scientist Award, "7th European Workshop on Bacterial Respiratory Chains", Backagården, Höör, Lund, Sweden
  • 2010 HKU Overseas Fellowship Award
  • 2007 Traveling Award for the 11th EMBO-FEBS Advanced Lecture Course on "Molecular and Cellular Biology of Membranes", Corsica, France
  • 2004 Traveling Award for the US-Japan Glyco 2004, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • 2004 Traveling Award of the IUBMB/ASBMB 2004 meeting, Boston, MA, USA
  • 2001 Excellent graduate student of Peking University, 2001
  • 2000 Excellent Young Scientist Award in the Peptide Field bestowed by the 6th Chinese International Peptide Symposium (CPS), Mount Huang, China