• Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Educational Background

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

Research Interests

  • Dr. Sun joined The Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering in January 2018 as a new faculty. Her research focuses on synthetic biology with advancing designs and applications. Using expertise in molecular engineering, protein engineering, and microbial consortia engineering, to develop new techniques to reprogram gut microbiome, protein machinery and biomaterials. Our current application areas include health, environment and energy. Her research interests are synthetic biology with focus on protein engineering, genetic circuits design and biomaterial development for environmental and biomedical applications.

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 P. Chen, Daniel Blackstock, Qing Sun, and Wilfred Chen, Dynamic protein assembly by programmable DNA strand displacement, Nature Chemistry, 2018, 10, 474-481
  • 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)