Short Bio

Hi! I’m Yalin. I’m a first year Ph.D student at School of Information, The University of Texas at Austin, and my research interests are in consumer health information seeking behaviors, UX design/information architecture, and social media studies. I got my Bachelor’s degree in Management Information System (MIS) in Beijing, China and my Master’s degree in Information Studies from UT. I was trained both in computer science and business administration during my college time and in my master’s study, my focuses were mainly on information architecture and user-centered system design.


I’m looking forward to have opportunities working in industry as UX designer or user researcher as a summer intern.




Web Design & Computer Programming Languages: HTML / CSS / PHP / Javascript / XML / Java / C / SQL

Applications & Software: EndNote / Zotero / QSR Nvivo 10 / SPSS/Survey Monkey & Qualtrics;  NetBeans IDE / FileZilla / SSH Secure Shell / Komodo / JetBrains Webstorm; Axure RP / Balsamiq Mockups / Flinto / Adobe Photoshop CS5 / Adobe Captivate 7

Human Languages: American English/ Mandarin Chinese



Certified Microsoft Office Specialist (Expert)
Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0
Market Survey Analytical Skills Certificate by Chinese Commerce Statistical Chamber




Older Adults, Diabetes Online Community, Online Health Information Evaluation, UT Shuttle, Information Portal, Book Share, Exhibit Planner, Folk Dance Wiki