Biography

Dr. Yin's research is focused on regulation of the actin cytoskeleton and membrane trafficking. She discovered gelsolin, the first actin filament severing protein, in 1979. Gelsolin is also regulated by the  phosphatidylinositol 4,5 bisphosphate (PIP2), which is derived from phosphatidylinositol 4 phosphate (PI4P). She elucidated the roles of the lipid kinases that generate PI4P and PIP2  in response to hypertonic and oxidative stress, during membrane signaling, phagocytosis and autophagy. Her research improves understanding of these essential lipids’ role in cell survival, organelle remodeling, membrane trafficking, and autophagy.

Dr. Yin is a strong advocate for translational science. She created the UT Southwestern “Mechanisms of Disease & Translational Science” graduate track in 2008. This track uniquely exposes PhD students to clinical and translational research, so that they can target their future research to address unmet diagnostic and therapeutic needs. This PhD track was initially supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute “Med into Grad” Initiative, and is currently supported by an NIH Molecular Medicine T32 Institutional Training Grant. Dr. Yin has also been the co-director of the Education and Career Development Program of the UT Southwestern CTSA since 2012. She was elected as a University of Texas System Distinguished Professor in 2014, and won the System's Academy of Health Science Education’s Innovator Award in 2015.

 In addition to her scientific and education roles, Dr. Yin is also the Associate Dean for the Office of Women’s Careers, a division of the Office of Faculty Diversity and Development. In this role, she advocates for our faculty, with particular focus on women and diverse faculty. In 2013, she co-created the "Leadership Emerging in Academic Departments" (LEAD faculty leadership program). In 2015, she co-created the multi-tiered "Successfully Obtaining an R" (SOAR) grantsmanship program. She directs the highly successful "SOAR Intensive R Grant Writing Workshops" that has improved our faculty's extramural grant funding success.  Dr. Yin was active in the UT System as the founding chair of the UT System Senior Women Leaders Sponsorship Workshop in 2016, and recently as a member of the UT System Chancellor’s “Quantum Leap Initiative” on Gender Pay Equity. She was on the national program planning community for the 2017 Summit on “Inspiring Intersections: A Call to Collaborate, Challenge, and Change” that was co-sponsored by the AAMC Group on Faculty Diversity and Inclusion and Group on Women in Medicine and Science.

Education

Undergraduate
Mount Holyoke College (1970), Biology
Graduate School
Harvard University (1976), Physiology

Research Interest

  • Differential targeting of type II phosphatidylinositol 4 kinase alpha and beta to the Golgi and the plasma membrane
  • Phosphoinositide regulation of the actin cytoskeleton, membrane trafficking and autophagy
  • Phosphoinositide regulation of the Golgi

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Phosphatidylinositol 4-Kinase IIa Is Palmitoylated by Golgi-localized Palmitoyltransferases in Cholesterol-dependent Manner.
Lu D, Sun HQ, Wang H, Barylko B, Fukata Y, Fukata M, Albanesi JP, Yin HL J. Biol. Chem. 2012 Jun 287 26 21856-65
Phosphatidylinositol 4, 5 bisphosphate and the actin cytoskeleton.
Zhang L, Mao YS, Janmey PA, Yin HL Subcell. Biochem. 2012 59 177-215
Oxidative stress decreases phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate levels by deactivating phosphatidylinositol- 4-phosphate 5-kinase beta in a Syk-dependent manner.
Chen MZ, Zhu X, Sun HQ, Mao YS, Wei Y, Yamamoto M, Yin HL J. Biol. Chem. 2009 Aug 284 35 23743-53
Palmitoylation Controls the Catalytic Activity and Subcellular Distribution of Phosphatidylinositol 4-Kinase IIalpha
Barylko B, Mao YS, Wlodarski P, Jung G, Binns DD, Sun HQ, Yin HL, Albanesi JP J Biol Chem February 2009 [Epub ahead of print]

Honors & Awards

  • Inaugural holder of the Margaret Yin Chair for the Advancement of Women Faculty
    (2015)
  • The Innovation in Health Science Education Award, University of Texas System Kenneth Shine Academy
    (2015)
  • Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas System Kenneth Shine Academy of Health Science Education
    (2014)
  • 2000 - 2004
    Editorial Board, Journal of Biological Chemistry (0)
  • 2006
    Peter and Jean D. Dehlinger Professorship in Biomedical Sciences (0)
  • 2006 - 2007
    Fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (ELAM), Drexel College of Medicine

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Director, NIH T32 Institutional Training Grant (2015-2020)
  • Director, HHMI Med Grad Mech of Disease & Transl. Sci. Track, Southwestern Graduate School (2008-2015)