Bio

Yun obtained B.A. from Wuhan University in China where her interest in evolutionary biology was sparked by a summer course on the subject. After graduation, she completed her PhD at Wen Wang’s lab in Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where she studied how new genes originate and acquire functions. Intrigued by the amazing diversity of animal behaviors and inspired by the recent advances in neurobiology, Yun joined David Stern’s lab at Janelia Research Campus/HHMI where she developed new approaches to explore the genetic and neural causes underlying behavioral evolution, using Drosophila courtship song. Beginning in July 2019, Yun will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Pennsylvania where she will continue to pursue her research passions to understand how behavior evolves.