Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Qiao Yuan
Nanyang Assistant Professor (NRF), School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
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Yuan Qiao obtained her B.A. in Chemistry, summa cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in the US in 2010, and completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from Harvard University in 2016 under the guidance of Prof. Daniel Kahne and Prof. Suzanne Walker. In 2016-2019, Yuan carried out her postdoctoral research in A*STAR institutes, Singapore. She joins CBC, SPMS in late 2019 as an assistant professor. Yuan is a recipient of the A*STAR National Science Scholarship (2007-2016), and the Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship Award, Class of 2020.
Our research aims to elucidate the molecular cues that the gut microbiota use in communicating with the host, which may help to establish the mechanistic basis for microbiota associated diseases. We are currently developing chemical strategies to profile and characterize microbiota-derived signalling molecules involved in the bacteria-host crosstalk.
  • A Chemical Biology Approach to Elucidate the Structures and Functions of Systemic Peptidoglycan Molecules in Serum
  • A Chemical Biology Approach to Investigate the Structures and Functions of Blood Peptidoglycan-ome in Human
  • Breaking down the bacterial cell wall to identify new antibiotic targets
  • Identifying the bacterial outer membrane transporters of cytotoxic peptidoglycan fragments
  • Site-specific bioconjugation of a natural anti-fungal peptide EntV to exploit its mechanism of action
Teaching Excellence Award (2021), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (NTU)
Courses Taught
CM2031 - Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry (Lecturer, 2020-present)
CY1101/CM9001 - Molecules (Lecturer, 2020-present)
CM1051 - Basic Biology and Biochemistry (Coordinator, 2020-2022)