Yehwa Jin [Alumni]

Previously: Robledo Group, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Now: Research Scientist at CAT (The Center for Aquaculture Technologies)

Current research

Yehwa Jin

I’m using genome editing techniques to investigate the function of genes or genetic variations associated with disease resistance in fish. The purpose of this research project is to elucidate the genetic basis of the susceptibility and resistance and, ultimately, to improve the disease resistance in aquaculture species by applying the findings to a genetic breeding programme.    


Favourite aquaculture species

Sea mustard.



I majored in aquatic animal diseases for my BSc and MSc and during that time I had studied reproductive biology in Nile tilapia in Professor Joon Yeong Kwon’s lab at Sun Moon University for five years. Then I went to the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, to study further on control of reproduction in fish by targeting primordial germ cells using CRISPR/Cas9 under the supervision of Prof Herve Migaud and Dr Andrew Davie.

I’m now using this genome editing technique to elucidate genetic background of viral disease resistance in fish as a postdoc since March 2019.

  • [2007 – 2012]         BSc, Sun Moon University (South Korea)                                                                                               
  • [2012 – 2014]         MSc, Sun Moon University                                                                     
  • [2014 – 2018]         PhD, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling; dissertation entitled: Research towards the effective disruption of reproductive competence in Nile tilapia Oreochromis niloticus
  • [2019 – 2023]         Research Fellow, the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh.   


Interests, hopes and dreams

I like being cosy and I hope one day I have my lab in my cosy room.