Stephanie Yan
Stephanie Yan


I’m a PhD candidate in the Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology, and Biophysics (CMDB) program at Johns Hopkins University, advised by Rajiv McCoy. I study the impacts of large genetic variants, called structural variants, on human evolution.

Before starting my PhD, I graduated from Cornell University, where I did research in the lab of Scott Emr.


Research and review articles

Yan, S. M., McCoy, R. C. (2020). Archaic hominin genomics provides a window into gene expression evolution. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development, 62, 44–49. doi: 10.1016/j.gde.2020.05.014

Editorials and commentaries

Yan, S. M., McCoy, R. C. (2019). Functional divergence among hominins. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3: 1507–1508. doi: 10.1038/s41559-019-0995-y


Currently, one of my most exciting non-research projects is recreating all 26 varieties of curry from Pokémon Sword and Shield in real life. As of September 2020, I have 20 out of 26 curries completed!