Yumeng Zhan


College / University

China Agricultural University

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (Double Degree)



P.R. China

Lab Experience

Molecular cloning, protein expression in bacteria and insect cells, protein purification (affinity chromatography, ion-exchange chromatography, SEC, SEC-MALS, etc.), protein-protein interaction analysis (pull-down assays, ITC, MST, etc.), enzyme assays

Projects / Research

  • 2019 – 2020: Reconstitution of synaptic plasticity in vitro, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • 2017 – 2019: Expression, purification and protein-protein interaction analysis of Dengue virus nonstructural protein NS3 and NS4B, China Agricultural University

Scholarships / Awards

2020 – 2021: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School.
2019: The Hundred Excellent Undergraduate Theses of China Agricultural University
2017, 2018, 2019: The Second Prize Scholarship of China Agricultural University


My previous research mainly focused on structural biology and phase-separation. During the research, I am fascinated by the physical and chemical basis of the organization of cellular components at different scales, in other words, the principles underlying the assembly of individual molecule (protein, DNA, RNA, etc.) and the higher-order organization of these assemblies. Particularly, I am interested in visualizing them using cryo-ET/cryo-EM, which could provide a direct and quantitative explanation of their functions and mechanisms. However, in order to obtain a dynamic view of the spatial-temporal regulation inside cells, hybrid techniques and interdisciplinary backgrounds are needed. I hope that I can master various techniques, consolidate my multidisciplinary knowledge and improve my research abilities during this program.