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Dr Yin Chen





Life Sciences
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 76528976
WebLink: Yin Chen's Research Group

Research Interests

Current research in the group focuses on microbial diversity, genetics and biochemistry of microorganisms involved in the metabolism of methylamines, quaternary amines and lipids in human body as well as a variety of terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Our research is currently funded by ERC, Leverhulme Trust, Royal Society and NERC, and BBSRC-/MRC- Doctoral Training Centres.


Reader (2018-)
Associate Professor (2015- 2018)
Assistant Professor (2012-2015)
NERC research fellow (2010-2013)
Postdoc research fellow (2008-2010)
PhD (University of Warwick, 2008)
BSc, MSc (Tsinghua University, 2002/2005)
Senior Editor: Microbiome (2016-)
Editorial Board: ISME Journal (2018-)
Pool of experts : BBSRC (2016-)
Awardee of Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate awards (2008), NERC Fellowship (2010) and ERC (2017).

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Research Projects

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  • Sebastián, Marta, Smith, Alastair F., González, José M., Fredricks, Helen F., Van Mooy, Benjamin, Koblà­Å¾ek, Michal, Brandsma, Joost, Koster, Grielof, Mestre, Mireia, Mostajir, Behzad, Pitta, Paraskevi, Postle, Anthony D., Sánchez, Pablo, Gasol, Josep M., Scanlan, David J., Chen, Yin, sebastian, marta, 2016. Lipid remodelling is a widespread strategy in marine heterotrophic bacteria upon phosphorus deficiency. The ISME Journal, 10 (4), pp. 968-978, View
  • Jameson, Eleanor, Fu, Tiantian, Brown, Ian R., Paszkiewicz, Konrad, Purdy, Kevin J., Frank, Stefanie, Chen, Yin, 2015. Anaerobic choline metabolism in microcompartments promotes growth and swarming of Proteus mirabilis. Environmental Microbiology, 18, pp. 2886-2898, View
  • Lidbury, Ian, Murrell, J. C. (J. Colin), Chen, Yin, 2015. Trimethylamine and trimethylamine N-oxide are supplementary energy sources for a marine heterotrophic bacterium : implications for marine carbon and nitrogen cycling. The ISME Journal, 9, pp. 760-769, View
  • Zhu, Yijun, Jameson, Eleanor, Cosatti, Marialuisa, Schäfer, Hendrik, Rajakumar, Kumar, Bugg, Tim, Chen, Yin, 2014. Carnitine metabolism to trimethylamine by an unusual Rieske-type oxygenase from human microbiota. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 (11), pp. 4268-4273, View
  • Lidbury, Ian, Murrell, J. C. (J. Colin), Chen, Yin, 2014. Trimethylamine N-oxide metabolism by abundant marine heterotrophic bacteria. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Volume 111 (Number 7), pp. 2710-2715, View
  • Chen, Yin, Patel, Nisha A., Crombie, Andrew, Scrivens, James H., Murrell, J. C. (J. Colin), 2011. Bacterial flavin-containing monooxygenase is trimethylamine monooxygenase. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol.108 (No.43), pp. 17791-17796, View

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Quaternary amine catabolism in the salt marsh environment Date of Completion:2017
  • Host-pathogen interaction and antimicrobial resistance Date of Completion:2021
  • Bacteria lipid remodelling in sea Date of Completion:2021

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