Yun Yan earned her Ph.D. degree from Peking University in 2003. She conducted her postdoctoral work at Bayreuth University, Germany, with Professor Heinz Hoffmann and at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, with Professor Martien A. Cohen Stuart. She joined Peking University in 2008.
She was selected into the New Century Training Program for the Talents by the State Education Commission of China in 2009, awarded “Outstanding Young Professor of Colloid Science of China” in 2013, and was the winner of Outstanding Youth Science Foundation, Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC, 2014). Her interest is in solution based functional molecular self-assemblies. Currently, she is a visiting scientist in Professor Ben Zhong Tang’s group in HKUST.