Current Group Members 

Group Leader

 I'm from Harbin, Northeast China, being half korean and half chinese. I am a chemist and enzymologist. I am committed to several biological projects in my own burgeoning group and in internal and external collaborations using my interdisciplinary knowledge of chemistry, molecular biology, crystallography and NMR. Outside of my research and teaching life, I like going figure skating, jogging, and playing accordion. I am a foodie... so if I have time, I like improving my cooking skills on healthy Chinese dishes.

2018-03-10 15.55.18.jpg
Yi Jin 🇨🇳
May 2017 - present

Originally I'm from Lake Constance in Germany. I obtained a bachelor degree in chemistry at Marburg University. There I also obtained a master degree in organic chemistry with Prof. G. Hilt. In October I started my PhD where I am developing inhibitors by looking at signaling protein interactions using a structural biology approach. In my spare time I enjoy traveling with friends or spending a quiet afternoon with a book and some sandwiches.

2019-04-01 17.39.26.jpg


Dr Patrick Baumann 🇩🇪
 (Wellcome Trust funded)
Nov 2021 - present

PhD Students

2019-04-16 16.54.05.jpg
Davide Zappalà 🇮🇹
PhD candidate (EPSRC funded)
Apr 2019 - present

I'm Davide from Italy. I obtained my bachelor degree in chemistry and my master degree in organic and biorganic chemistry at University of Catania. Here, at Cardiff University, I'm a PhD student focusing on protein inhibitors design. I love music, being a violin player myself, and my favourite genres are classical, funk and fusion. 

I am from Xi'an, China. I got my bachelor degree at Northwest University in materials chemistry, followed by a master degree in Xi’an Jiaotong University (2020) in Polymer Chemistry. I joined Dr Jin’s group with the support of a CSC Studentship and my goal is to broaden my skill sets in Chemical Biology. My research project is “the structure-activity relationship of nanoparticles-enzyme hybrid nanobiocatalyst”. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and roaming around with my friends.

Mochen (Mia) Dong 🇨🇳
PhD candidate (CSC funded)
Sept 2020 - present

Masters and Project Students

Previous Group Members 

Timothy Cooper 🇬🇧 MSc  Jun 2021 - Sept 2021
Callum Breeze
 🇬🇧 MSc Jun 2021 - Sept 2021
Sandra Jusu 🇸🇱 Visiting PhD candidate (MNAUS)Sept 2020 - Sept 2021
Shriya Shah 🇬🇧MChem  Oct 2020 - Jun 2021
Rebekah Cooke 🇬🇧MSc  Oct 2020 - May 2021
Zuyan Wu 🇨🇳 Research Assistant Jan 2019 - Oct 2020
Jasper Richards 🇬🇧 MChem Oct 2019 - May 2020
Cyrielle Clement 🇫🇷 Erasmus/BSc Feb 2020 - March 2020
Grace Zhang 🇨🇳BSc Oct 2019 - Mar 2020, currently PhD candidate at Jilin Univeristy, China 
Helen Bell 🇬🇧 Research Assistant Jan 2018 - Jan 2020, currently Protein Scientist at Qkine, UK
Wenyu Zhang 🇨🇳 MSc Jun 2019 - Sept 2019
Jackie Chen 🇨🇳 Research Assistant Jul 2018 - Jul 2019, now at Jiaquan Patent Agent Changsha branch, China
Charlotte Gunn 🇬🇧 MChem Oct 2018 - May 2019
Rhodri Evans 🇬🇧MChem Oct 2018 - May 2019, now PhD candidate at University of Manchester, UK
Silan Liu 🇨🇳 Visiting student Jan 2018- April 2018, currently PhD candidate at South China Normal University
Zhen Zhang 🇨🇳 Visiting student Jan 2018- Jul 2018, now MSc at Northwest University, China
Ben Jones 🇬🇧MChem Oct 2017- May 2018
Juliette Bignard 🇫🇷Erasmus/Masters student Oct 2017- Jan 2018, now PhD at Sorbonne Université, France
Leanne Lin 🇨🇳MSc visiting student (Jinan Uni, China) Jul 2018 - Jan 2019