Yunrong Chai

Yunrong Chai

Degrees/ Education

PhD, Microbiology, Cornell University
MS, Microbiology, Fudan University (China)
BS, Microbiology, Fudan University (China)

Area(s) of Interest

Microbial genomics and biofilm formation

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.

Curriculum Vitae



301 Mugar Life Sciences Building

For Northeastern researchers, small microbes bring big success

Though his career has focused on life at the microscopic scale, Assistant Professor of Biology Yunrong Chai knows that his field of microbiology has enormous implications for society.

Northeastern research team uncovers explanation for biofilm formation

Kevin Gozzi started working in assistant professor Win Chai’s microbiology lab during his first month at Northeastern. Now, the fourth-year biology student is the co-first author of the lab’s most recent publication.

The unexpected drives biologic discovery

The most powerful and valuable experiences Yunrong Chai has had as a biology professor and researcher have come from unexpected occurrences in the laboratory. The path to success is a difficult one. He says the field of study is still heavily focused on observation-based research. That’s why the unexpected is so important.