Dr Yan is an awardee of Starting Investigator Research Grant from Science Foundation Ireland. She received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Peking University. Before joining UCD in May 2015, Dr Yan was a research fellow holding a Discovery Early Career Research Award from Australia Research Council at University of Melbourne. Now Dr Yan is leading a new research group in understanding how nanoscale interactions can be used to reconstruct immune response with the aim of developing immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases. She has been a recipient of several prestigious fellowships and awards, including 2017 1st Prize Interstellar Initiate at New York Academy of Sciences and 2013 Australian Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research.