Dr. Ye was born in a small city in southwest China. She came to Salem because it offered her the opportunity to teach all the subjects that she loves, such as physics, physical chemistry and biochemistry.
Dr. Ye believes the strength of a women’s college is the focus on educating women to become confident, independent, collaborative contributors to society, while providing a safe environment for them.
For the past seven years, Dr. Ye has studied organic chemistry with a focus on developing nano-materials at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada and she studied biochemistry and biophysics at Florida Atlantic University in Florida. During her graduate research, she developed a new spectroscopic way of studying chemistry in live cells. This research opened new doors for the direct study of biological chemistry in living cells and her work was published in the Journal of American Chemical Society.
One of her research interests is the study of enzyme activity in the presence of lipids and biological detergents such as Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate. Another ongoing project she is involved in is the study of the structure of peptides using spectroscopic and computational methods. Besides her research, she serves as a Salem College Mortar Board advisor. Motar Board is a premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for superior achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.
For potential students, she encourages that the benefit of becoming a chemist or biochemist is that you have the opportunity to become a contributor in the fields of biotechnology, biomedical and material science, all of which benefit every day life. It is important that chemistry or biochemistry majors love what they do and try to become an expert in the subject, while in the meantime, they must continue broadening their vision in the field.
Dr. Ye lives with her husband and two lovely children. In her free time she likes to watch movies and read books.
“When you drink water, think of its source.” -Chinese Proverb