Yun Yin, assistant professor of food science and technology, is one of a number of new faculty members recently hired in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences this academic year.

New positions were identified to bring talent to the college's focus areas, including food, health, the environment, and community viability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.

Yin’s research focuses on identification of aroma and flavor compounds in food systems, characterization of aroma/flavor formation pathways, convenient synthesis of highly unstable odorants, and applying novel engineering solutions to existing difficulties in flavor manufacturing. Yin’s recent interests also extend to understanding the relationship between instrumental flavor analysis and sensory evaluation.

She received her bachelor’s degree in food science and engineering and her master’s degree in food science and nutrition from Zhejiang University, China, and her doctorate in food science and human nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.