Yun grew up in China. As a child, she thought to be a writer and published her first story at age 10. She got interested in physics, chemistry and biology in high school and went to Peking University to study Molecular Biology and Biochemistry as a college student. She then moved to America and completed her PhD study in 2002 in Marty Chalfie's lab at Columbia University. Yun did her postdoctoral research in Cori Bargmann's laboratory at Rockefeller University, where she discovered and established the assay for the aversive olfactory learning in Caenorhabditis elegans. Yun is now a Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Center for Brain Science at Harvard. Yun uses the olfactory system inC. elegans to study how neural circuits regulate learning.
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