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Jun Sun, PhD


Director, UIC Gnotobiotic Mouse Facility

Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology


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  • Student in Academic Excellence Award with National Scholarship, Wuhan University, China


  • Guanghua (Aetna) Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Student, Wuhan University, China


  • Awarded Excellent Thesis Prize, The Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China


  • Ph.D. Student in Academic Excellence Award, Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology, Beijing, China Outstanding Research Paper, 1st International Conference on Bio. Therapy and Modern Cancer Treatment, Outstanding Research Paper, The Chinese Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Society


  • Excellent Teacher, Nanfang Medical University
  • National Prize of Advancement of Science and Technology, China Ministry of Education


  • John E. Fogarty international NIH Training Grant, NIH


  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)– Presidential Oral Plenary Presentation,


  • Pilot and Feasibility Award, DDRCC, The University of Chicago (DK42086),


  • American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)– Distinguish Poster Presentation,
  • Special Researcher, Department of Pathology, The University of Chicago, 2004


  • AGA Academic Skills Workshop Travel Award,
  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Travel Award for scientific workshop on “Microbial-Host Interactions in IBD”, 2006


  • AGA– Presidential Oral Plenary Presentation


  • NIH NIDDK Career Development Award,
  • AGA Abstract of Distinction
  • Nominated by Dr. David Guzick, Dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, for the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists (These awards have been created to celebrate the excellence of the most noteworthy and innovative scientists from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.),


  • American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award,
  • Nominated by Dr. David Guzick for the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award, for the Harry J. Lloyd grant for basic research
  • Travel Award for the NIH NIDDK New Investigators’ Workshop, April, 2009
  • Travel Award for Harry and Elsa Jiler—American Cancer Society Professors Meeting.
  • 3D-Gene Competition Award for Microarray Analysis, Toray Industries, Inc. Japan.


  • AGA– Oral Presentation in Topic Forum at Digestive Disease Week (DDW)


  • New York Developmental or Exploratory Activities Award for Stem Cell Research
  • Special Award for Junior Faculty, Department of Medicine, University of Rochester


  • Third Place Prize in the Probiotics Challenge 2011, AGA Institute and Institute Rosell-Lallemand
  • Visiting Professorship, UNESCO-American Society for Microbiology visiting resource person program


  • Highly rated paper, American Association for Cancer Research 2012 annual meeting, Chicago
  • Swim Across America Cancer Research Award


  • Invited Table Leader for Women’s Career Discussion, AGA, DDW, 2013-2015


  • AGA Women’s Leadership Conference (selected invitation), Jan. 30, 2014. Dallas, TX
  • Invited mentor for the Mentor and Advisor Event, Digestive Disease Week 2014


  • American Gastroenterological Association Fellow (AGAF)
  • John Forte GIL Section Distinguished Abstract Plenary Session, Experimental Biology, Three Oral Presentations in AGA Topic Forum, Digestive Disease Week 2015
  • Invited mentor for the Mentor and Advisor Event, Digestive Disease Week 2015
  • Invited mentor for the AGA/CSG symposium 2015
  • Brian Piccolo Cancer Award
  • National ALS Association Award
  • NIH NIDDK R01 Award


  • American Cancer Society Ambassador
  • APS 2016 International Opportunity Program Award
  • Tasly Research Award
  • Cancer Prevention Award-2015, for the Halifax Group, Prevent Cancer Now
  • DOD Breast Cancer Research Program Breakthrough Award


  • Selected for Mentor Training for Clinical and Translational Researchers, UIC
  • DOM Council, UIC


  • Chair-elected for the Microbiome and Microbial Diseases in the Gastrointestinal Tract (MMDGT) Section, American Gastroenterological Association
  • Selected as a representative for iAGA Institute Council’s NEW Poster Visiting Program
  • NIH NIDDK R01 Award for tight junctions in inflammation


Undergraduate: Wuhan University, Wuhan China (Bachelor of Science)
Medical School: Wuhan University, Wuhan China (Master of Science-Genetics)
PhD: Toxicology & Pharmacology Institute, China Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.