My name is Yu Wan1 and I am a Chinese scientist at the University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia. I have expertise in bioinformatics, computational biology, and microbial population genomics. My research of microbes focuses on horizontal gene transfer and mobile genetic elements.

I was born and grew up in Chongqing, China. I took an undergraduate course of automation at the Department of System Science and Engineering in the College of Electrical Engineering of Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, between 2004 and 2008, and got a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. I worked in Huawei Technology Service Co., Ltd. (Langfang, China) as a TCP/IP network engineer between 2008 and 2011, and then became a contributing editor of Global Science Magazines in its Chongqing office in 2012. I went to Australia in 2013 to take a Master course of bioinformatics and got a Master of Science Degree in 2014. Later, I joined the Holt group in 2015 to do a PhD project on horizontal transfer of antimicrobial resistance genes within Enterobacteriaceae species. I submitted my thesis in Mar 2019 and obtained my PhD degree on 11 Oct 2019.


This website is my academic blog, which records my adventures in microbial systems biology, bacterial population genomics, statistics (particularly, mathematical modelling2), bioinformatics and programming (R, Python and Linux bash), and shares my thoughts on natural history, scientific education and research activities. This blog is bilingual (English and Mandarin Chinese), and the language of a specific post depends on target readers. GitHub hosts the content of this website.

I would like to make this website a repository of my own scientific and educational views, so people can find something that answers their questions through search engines. So I do not pursue the number of visitors, nor popularity, of this site. Accordingly, I am not going to update this blog frequently or regularly.

Any comments on my posts are welcomed.


I would appreciate it if you could cite this website or posts in your publication. Two examples of citations in the APA style are listed below. For other citation styles, please see a guide offered by the University of Melbourne library.

1. Well, put my name in a Chinese order, where the surname goes first, it is Wan Yu.
2. I have a strong objection to using the fancy popular term “machine learning” because it is too broad to be specific — even linear regression can be considered as a machine learning approach, so why do not us clearly say it?