Yun Yin has been named an assistant professor in theVirginia Tech  Department of Food Science and Technology.

She is one of a number of new faculty members 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 the economy. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Yin’s research program focuses on understanding flavor-active compounds in classic and novel food systems and how they interact and influence the quality and perception of food. Her specific research directions include characterization of flavor compounds in foods, elucidating the generation pathways of processing or reaction-induced off-aromas in beverages and ingredients, Stabilization of highly potent yet labile odorants, and synthesis of commercially-unavailable flavoring agents. Her work has received funds from federal, state agencies and industrial partners.

Yin previously worked as a research assistant professor at Virginia Tech and a product development researcher for Abbott Laboratories. She has developed extensive partnerships with researchers from academia and industry. Yin received her bachelor of science and master of science from Zhejiang University in China and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.