Qing Sun

Assistant Professor

Qing Sun

Office: 267 CHEN
Phone: 979.845-3401
Email: sunqing@mit.edu

Research Interests

Sun Qing joined the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering in January 2018 as a new assistant professor.

About Qing Sun research group

We focus on synthetic biology with advancing designs and applications. Using our expertise in molecular engineering, protein engineering, and microbial consortia engineering, we are developing new techniques to reprogram gut microbiome, protein machinery and biomaterials. Our current application areas include health, environment and energy.

Microbiome engineering

Microbes living in human gut are gaining more attention due to their significant role in human health and disease. We intend to engineer microbiome with exogenous biological pieces to sense, record and/or deliver therapeutic functions.

Microbe-environment interactions

Microbiome interact extensively with the host. We will explore cell-cell or cell-host interactions for elongated retention or positional colonization of microbiome in gut.

Protein engineering

Targeting the existing issues and challenges in protein function reprogramming, we plan to explore signal triggered enzyme functions for best performance of the system.


  • 2017 Postdoc Synthetic Biology Center, MIT
  • 2015 Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware
  • 2009 M.S. Environmental Engineering, Tsinghua University
  • 2007 B.S. Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University

Selected Publications

Qing Sun, Qi Chen, Daniel Blackstock and Wilfred Chen. Post-translational modification of bio-nanoparticles as a modular platform for biosensor assembly. ACS Nano, 2015, 9: 8554-8561.

Qing Sun and Wilfred Chen. HaloTag mediated artificial cellulosome assembly on rolling circle amplification DNA template for efficient cellulose hydrolysis. Chemical Communications, 2016, 52: 6701-6704.

Qing Sun, Bhawna Madan, Shen-Long Tsai and Wilfred Chen. Creation of artificial cellulosome on DNA scaffolds by zinc finger protein-guided assembly for efficient cellulose hydrolysis. Chemical Communications, 2014, 50: 1423-1425.

Rebecca Chen*, Qi Chen*, Heejae Kim*, Ka-Hei Siu*, Qing Sun*, Shen-Long Tsai* and Wilfred Chen. Biomolecular Scaffolds for Enhanced Signaling and Catalytic Efficiency. Current Opinion in Biotechnology. 2014, 28:59–68. (*equal contribution)

Daniel Blackstock*, Miso Park*, Qing Sun*, Shen-Long Tsai* and Wilfred Chen. Engineering protein modules for diagnostic applications. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 2013, 2: 416-424. (*equal contribution)

Heejae Kim*, Qing Sun*, Fang Liu*, Shen-Long Tsai* and Wilfred Chen. Biologically assembled nanobiocatalysts. Topics in Catalysis, 2012, 55: 1138-1145. (*equal contribution)