DepartmentDepartment of Math and Computer Science (MCS)
Biola AffiliationsFaculty
Office LocationLim Center 138



  • Ph.D., Stanford University
  • B.S., Fudan University (Shanghai, China)


Yu Yan teaches a wide range of mathematics courses, such as Calculus, Introduction to Probability and Statistics, and Differential Equations. Her teaching pedagogy focuses on developing the students' thinking and learning skills. Her lessons emphasize conceptual understanding and effective problem solving.  Her passion is to lead students to discover the beauty of mathematics, which provides a glimpse of God's infinite wisdom and glory.

Yan’s research is in the areas of differential geometry, differential equations, and analysis.


  • 2012: The Ferne and Audry Hammel Research Grant, Huntington University
  • 2010: Scholar in Residence, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne


  • (with Y. Pan and M. Wang) A Hopf’s Lemma for Higher Order Differential Inequalities and Its Applications, Journal of Differential Equations, Vol. 255 (2013), No. 9, 2826-2845.
  • (with Y. Pan and M. Wang) Uniqueness Theorems for Ordinary Differential Equations with Hlder Continuity, Pacific Journal of Mathematics, Vol. 263 (2013), No.2, 453-473.
  • The Scalar Curvature Deformation Equation on Locally Conformally Flat Manifolds of Higher Dimensions, Pacific Journal of Mathematics, Vol. 237 (2008), No. 2, 373-398.
  • Some Compactness Results Related to Scalar Curvature Deformation, Communications in Contemporary Mathematics, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2007), 81-120.
  • The Existence of Horizons in an Asymptotically Flat 3-Manifold, Mathematical Research Letters, 12 (2005), No.2-3, 219 - 230.

Areas of Expertise for Media Interviews

  • Mathematics
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