Nina Yuan

Ph.D. Student

Expected Year of Graduation: 2015
Research Lab: Dr. Alexander Arnold
Major Area of Focus: Biochemistry
Minor Area of Focus: Medicinal Chemistry
Previously Attended:
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2006-2011, B.S., Biochemistry

Why I like Chemistry:

Chemistry is an astounding and fascinating subject. It's the science of substance and matter. Biochemistry is of particular interest to me. Consider the chemistry that created you. Millions and millions of atoms which, in one rare and singular confirmation, came together to form you. However, in a more statistically prominent confirmation, those same atoms would amount to nothing more than a mound of fine atomic dust.

Why I chose the Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at UW-Milwaukee:

The faculty, staff and other graduate students at UWM are very supportive. I've received a lot of encouragement and backing from my research adviser in particular, Dr. Arnold.

Favorite things to do in Milwaukee:

Going to Summerfest or brewery tour visits.

Research Goals:

To make a significant contribution to the science community.


"Comparison of cell expression formats for the characterization of the GABAa channels using a microfluidic patch clamp system," Assay and Drug Development Technologies 2012. Pending Publication.

"Discovery of the First Irreversible Small Molecule Inhibitors of the Interaction Between the Vitamin D Receptor and coactivators," American Chemical Society 2012. Pending Publication.

"Transiently Transfected Cell Lines for GABA Receptor Screening using the IonFlux System," Fluxion Biosciences Inc. 2011.

Poster Presentations:

Nina Yuan, Leggy A. Arnold, "Determination of Binding for VDR-CBIs using Fluorescence Polarization", Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2010.

Nina Yuan, James M. Cook, Leggy A. Arnold, "Electrophysiological Response of Benzodiazepines to GABAa Receptor in Transiently Transfected Mammalian Cells", Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium 2011.

Nina Yuan, James M. Cook, Leggy A. Arnold, "Benzodiazepine Specificity of GABAa Receptor Subtypes", Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium 2011.


1st place in Summer 2011 Research Poster Session, Summer 2011
Spring 2011 UWM SURF grant
Summer 2010 UWM SURF grant