Yucong Yu, Ph.D.

Yucong Yu, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow, Shi Laboratory


Dr. Yucong Yu earned her B.S. in biological sciences from Henan Normal University and her Ph.D. in microbiology from Fudan University. Her graduate work focused on heterologous biosynthesis of antitumor drug epothilones in bacteria. With years of practicing in scientific research, not only have her experimental skills improved, but it also made her realize the beauty of science. In 2018, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Xiaobing Shi at Van Andel Institute as a postdoctoral fellow.


Current research focus

Due to the important roles in human cancer, Dr. Yu focuses on identifying and characterizing novel readers and epigenetic modifications.

Education & Training

Ph.D. in microbiology, Fudan University (Advisors: Associate Professor Xiaoming Ding and Professor Guoping Zhao)
Thesis: Systematic metabolic engineering of [Polyangium] Burkholderiales Strain DSM 7029 for the high-yield production of epothilones and study on antimicrobial activity of two Streptomyces strains

B.S. in biological sciences, Henan Normal University

Awards & External Funding

Jikai life science scholarship (2017)

National scholarship for graduate students (China) (2016)

Henan Normal University outstanding graduates (2012)


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Yu Y, Tang B, Dai R, Zhang B, Chen L, Yang H, Zhao G. 2018. Identification of the streptothricin and tunicamycin biosynthetic gene clusters by genome mining in Streptomyces sp. strain fd1-xmd. Appl Microbiol Biotech.

Bian X, Tang B, Yu Y, Tu Q, Gross F, Wang H, Li A, Fu J, Shen Y, Li YZ, Stewart AF, Zhao G, Ding X, Müller R, Zhang Y. 2017. Heterologous production and yield improvement of epothilones in Burkholderiales strain DSM 7029. ACS Chem Biol 12:1805–1812.

Tang B*, Yu Y*, Zhi X, Yang L, Cen X, Zhao G, Ding X. 2016. Streptomyces yangpuensis sp. nov., isolated from soil. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 66(3):1224–1229.
*Co-first author

Tang B*, Yu Y*, Zhang Y, Zhao G, Ding X. 2015. Complete genome sequence of the glidobactin producing strain [Polyangium] brachysporum DSM 7029. J Biotech 210:83–84.
*Co-first author

Tang B, Yu Y, Cen X, Zhu Y, Dai R, Wang X, Zhao G, Ding X. 2015. Draft genome sequence of the streptothricin-producing strain Streptomyces sp. fd2-tb. Genome Announc 3(5):e01277-15.
*Co-first author