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Simon Yung Wa Sin

Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Museum of Comparative Zoology

Harvard University

26 Oxford Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

Tel : 617-496-8398 (Office)

Fax : 617-495-5667

Email: yungwa.sin at







In 2005, I received my BSc (First Class Honour) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where I researched molecular phylogeny of crustaceans and cephalopods and received my MPhil in 2008. I received a Croucher Scholarship and joined the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at the University of Oxford, where I completed my PhD research in 2013


Research Interests

My research interests span the fields of evolutionary biology and behavioural genomics. My studies include sexual selection, host-parasite co-evolution, phylogenetics, and gene family evolution. My PhD research focused on the genetic basis of pathogen resistance and mate choice. On a finer scale, I examined individual variation within a family of genes called the major histocompatibility complex (MHC), which plays a crucial role in fighting against pathogen invasion. I am currently investigating behavioural genomics of a seabird.



NJ Kenny*, YW Sin*, X Shen, Q Zhe, W Wang, TF Chan, SS Tobe, SM Shimeld, KH Chu & J Hui (2014) Genomic sequence and experimental tractability of a new decapod shrimp model, Neocaridina denticulata. Marine drugs 12(3), 1419−1437. (*Equal contribution)

K Bilham, YW Sin, C Newman, CD Buesching & DW Macdonald (2013) An example of life history antecendence in the European badger (Meles meles): rapid development of juvenile antioxidant capacity, from plasma vit-E analogue. Ethology Ecology & Evolution. doi:10.1080/03949370.2013.767861

YW Sin, H Dugdale, C Newman, DW Macdonald & T Burke (2012) Evolution of MHC class I genes in the European badger (Meles meles). Ecology and Evolution 2(7): 1644−1662. doi: 10.1002/ece3.285

YW Sin, CD Buesching, T Burke & DW Macdonald (2012) Molecular characterization of the microbial communities in the subcaudal gland secretion of the European badger (Meles meles). FEMS Microbiology Ecology 81(3): 648–659. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2012.01396.x

YW Sin, H Dugdale, C Newman, DW Macdonald & T Burke (2012) MHC class II genes in the European badger (Meles meles): characterization, patterns of variation, and transcription analysis. Immunogenetics 64(4): 313−327. doi: 10.1007/s00251-011-0578-9

R Lizundia, C Newman, CD Buesching, D Ngugi, D Blake, YW Sin, DW Macdonald, A Wilson & D McKeever (2011) Evidence for a Role of the Host-specific Flea (Paraceras melis) in the Transmission of Trypanosoma (Megatrypanum) pestanai to the European Badger. PLoS ONE 6(2): e16977. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016977

YW Sin, KH Chu & C Yau (2009) Isolation and characterization of highly polymorphic microsatellites in the mitre squid, Uroteuthis (Photololigo) chinensis. Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 1460−1559
YW Sin, JCY Lai, PKL Ng & KH Chu (2009) Phylogeny of Dorippoidea (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura) inferred from three mitochondrial genes. Invertebrate Systematics 23: 223-230

YW Sin, C Yau & KH Chu (2009) Morphological and genetic differentiation of two loliginid squid, Uroteuthis (Photololigo) chinensis and U. (P.) edulis (Cephalopoda: Loliginidae), in Asia. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 369: 22−30

M Mitsuhashi, YW Sin, HC Lei, TY Chan & KH Chu (2007) Systematic status of the caridean shrimp families Gnathophyllidae Dana and Hymenoceridae Ortmann (Crustacea, Decapoda, Caridea): A preliminary examination based on nuclear rDNA sequences. Invertebrate Systematics 21: 613−622

YW Sin, KH Chu, PKL Ng (2006) Mitochondrial DNA Phylogeny of the family Dorippidae (Decapoda, brachyura). Integrative and Comparative Biology 46(S1): E131


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