Yunrong Chai

Yunrong ChaiAssistant Professor
Microbial genomics, biofilm formation

Department of Biology
Northeastern University
301 Mugar Life Sciences
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115 USA

Academic Education

  • Ph.D. in Microbiology, Cornell University
  • M.S. in Microbiology, Fudan University (China)
  • B.S. in Microbiology, Fudan University (China)


  • Department of Biology, Northeastern University, Assistant Professor (2012-present)
  • Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Postdoctoral Fellow (2006-2012)
  • Badische Anilin- und Soda-Fabrik (BASF) Fellow (2008-2011)
  • Janes Coffin Childs Biomedical Foundation (JCC) Postdoctoral Fellow (2006-2009)

Research Interests

Bacterial biofilms are medically and environmentally significant. We are interested in understanding fundamental mechanisms controlling bacterial biofilm formation and the role of beneficial biofilms in bacteria-host interactions. We are also interested in inhibitory mechanisms targeting key processes during bacterial biofilm development. We use Bacillus subtilis and other related Bacilli species as model systems.