Yong-Su Jin

Yong-Su Jin

Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Affiliated faculty, Institute for Genomic Biology and Department of Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1105 Institute for Genomic Biology, MC-195
1206 West Gregory Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
Tel: 217-333-7981, Fax: 217-333-0508
E-mail: ysjin AT Illinois DOT edu


  • 2002-2005, Postdoctoral training, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
  • 2002, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
  • 1998, MS, Seoul National University, Korea
  • 1996, BS, Seoul National University, Korea

Major research interests (experienced)

  1. Microbial metabolic engineering
  2. Systems and synthetic biotechnology for strain improvement
  3. Quantitative microbial physiology and genetics

Minor research interests (inexperienced)

  1. Elucidation of potential benefit and hazard of nano-materials for food science
  2. Exploitation of the networks of metabolites, reactions, and genes for strain improvement
  3. Antimicrobials and prebiotics for food and animal feed

Miscellaneous projects

  1. Alumni network of BioMolecualr Engineering Laboratory (BMEL), Seoul National University

Biographical Sketch

Yong-Su Jin is a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and a faculty member of the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB). He was a principal investigator of the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), and is also a member of the Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research (CABER) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Jin received B.S. (1996) and M. S. (1998, advisor: Prof. Jin-Ho Seo) degrees in Food Science and Technology from Seoul National University and received Ph. D. degree (2002, advisor: Prof. Thomas Jeffries) in Food Science and Bacteriology (minor) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing a post-doctoral training (2003-2005, advisor: Prof. Greg Stephanopoulos) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he served as an Assistant Professor (2006-2008) in the Department of Food Science and Biotechnology at the Sungkyunkwan University in Korea. Dr. Jin’s research is centered on metabolic engineering of microorganisms to produce biofuels and chemicals from renewable biomass. His research aims to identify, characterize, and engineer beneficial genetic perturbations eliciting rapid and efficient production of target products, such as biofuels, nutraceuticals, and food ingredients. In addition, his group performs food safety-related research: rapid methods for food pathogen detection, elucidation of bactericidal mechanisms by antimicrobial compounds, and investigation of cellular toxicity caused by nanomaterials. Dr. Jin was a Faculty Fellow of National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) for 2009-2010 and received the ACES College Faculty Awards for Excellence in Research.

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