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Miss Yi Wu BE

Postgraduate research student

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Yi Wu is a Postgraduate Research Student in Microbiology at the University of Southampton. Her current research project aims to uncover the molecular mechanisms of bacterial defence systems.

Yi finished her B.E. in the School of Biology and Biological Engineering at South China University of Technology. She then worked as a research assistant at the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) for two years, where she developed an interest in phage and focused on phage genome synthesis and engineering.

2020-present: PhD in Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK

2015-2019: B.E. in Bioengineering, South China University of Technology

Research interests

Prokaryotes have evolved diverse defence systems to protect from bacteriophage (in short phage) infection. To survive this arms race, phages develop anti-defence proteins to successfully infect bacterial cells. However, the molecular mechanisms of novel defence systems are unknown, especially for membrane-associated systems, and the anti-defence proteins of these systems are still under investigation. By studying the mechanisms of these defence systems and anti-defence proteins, we will be able to learn more about the evolutionary process behind bacteria-phage interactions.

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Research project: Molecular mechanisms of membrane-associated defence systems


Dr. Franklin Nobrega
Dr. Ivo Tews

Research group


Miss Yi Wu
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
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