2020 AACBS Annual General Meeting and Scientific Meeting will be hosted online in September 2020. Stay tuned!                        


Dr Yanfei (Jacob) Qi



Dr Yanfei (Jacob) Qi   


MPharm, Ph.D  

Head, Lipid Cell Biology Laboratory

Associate Faculty, Centenary Institute, The University of Sydney 


Tel: (02) 8627 6045 (W); 0426 761 668 (M)








Dr Qi is an emerging lipid biologist. He commenced his research career at the Sydney Pharmacy School, University of Sydney, Australia. He then received research training at the Graduate School of Endocrinology, Kyoto University, Japan. Dr Qi obtained his Ph.D at the Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Australia in 2013. Most recently, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, University of NSW, Australia. Since 2017, Dr Qi has been heading the Lipid Cell Biology Laboratory at the Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology.

Dr Qi's current research is focused on the lipid metabolic causes of chronic human diseases, including diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, liver cancer and atherosclerosis. His research is regarded and well funded. He is the recipient of an NHMRC Project Grant, NSW Health Cadiovascular Research Grant and Centenary Institute Future Leader Fellowship.

Selected Publications

1. Sphingolipid: Aji G, Huang Y, Ng ML, Wang W, Lan T, Li M, Li Y, Chen Q, Li R, Yan S, Tran C, Burchfield JG, Couttas TA, Chen J, Chung LH, Liu D, Wadham C, Hogg PJ, Gao X, Vadas MA, Gamble JR, Don AS, Xia P, Qi Y§. (2020). Regulation of hepatic insulin signaling and glucose homeostasis by sphingosine kinase 2. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA. In press. IF=9.4. (§, corresponding author). In Press. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2007856117. 

2. Cholesterol: Wang H*, Ma Q*, Qi Y*, Dong J, Du X, Rae J, Wang J, Wu WF, Brown AJ, Parton RG, Wu JW, Yang H. (2019). ORP2 delivers cholesterol to the plasma membrane in exchange for phosphatidylinositol 4, 5-biphosphate (PI(4,5)P2). Molecular Cell. 73: 458-473. (*, Co-First Author). IF=15.6.

3. Phospholipid: Pagac M*, Cooper DE*, Qi Y*, Lukmantara1 IE, Mak HY, Wu Z, Tian Y, Liu Z, Lei M, Du X, Ferguson C, Kotevski D, Sadowski P, Chen W, Boroda S, Harris TE, Liu G, Parton RG, Coleman RA, Huang X, Yang H. (2016). SEIPIN regulates lipid droplet expansion and adipocyte development through modulating the activity of glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase. Cell Reports. 17: 1546-1559. (*, Co-First Author). IF=8.1.