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Dr. YAN, Aixin

Dr. YAN, Aixin

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

BSc (Shanxi); PhD (Peking)

  • 2299 0864
  • 2559 9114
  • KBSB 7S01

Teaching Areas

  • Biological Sciences Laboratory Course
  • Microbial Physiology and Biotechnology
  • Clinical Microbiology and Applied Immunology

Research Interests

  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • 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:

Mr. XU, Zeling (BSc Zhejiang University)

Ms. XIA, Tingying (BSc Zhejiang University of Technology; Msc Fudan University)

Mr. WANG, Pengchao (BSc University of Science and Technology of China)

Ms. LI, Yanran (BSc, Sun Yat-sen University)

Ms. TIAN, Mengdan (BSc, Wuhan 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.