University of Illinois
Dr. Jun Sun is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and a WOC Professor in Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Chicago, U.S.A.. She is an elected fellow of American Gastroenterological Associate. Her research interests are host-microbiome interactions in inflammation and cancer. Her key achievements include 1) characterization of vitamin D receptor regulation of gut microbiome in intestinal homeostasis and inflammation, 2) identification of bacteria in regulating intestinal stem cells, 3) identification and characterization of the Salmonella effector protein AvrA in regulating the Wnt/beta-catenin signaling in host-bacterial interactions, and 4) identification of dysbiosis and gut dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Dr. Sun has published over 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Cell Stem Cells, Nature Genetics, Gut, JBC, American Journal of Pathology, American Journal of Physiology-GI. She is in the editorial board of more than 10 peer-reviewed international scientific journals. She services study sections for the NIH, American Cancer Society, and other national and international research foundations. Her research is supported by the NIH, DOD, and a few other research awards. Using cultured models, transgenic mouse models, germ-free animals, and human samples, her lab is currently working on the following directions: 1. Bacterial regulation of intestinal stem cells. 2. Gut microbiome in colon cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, infectious diseases, obesity, ALS, and other human diseases. 3. Intestinal vitamin D receptor in inflammation and cancer. Dr. Sun is a believer of scientific art and artistic science. She enjoys writing her science papers in English and poems in Chinese. She teaches her medical fellows biomedical knowledge and also the way to translate the Chines poems. In addition to her research papers and books, her poetry collection is published at the end of 2017.
host-microbiome interactions in inflammation and cancer