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Welcome! Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I graduated from Fox Chapel Area High School in 2004, and from Harvard College in 2008, where I studied Chemical and Physical Biology. I am currently a MD candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles and a PhD candidate in Biology at the California Institue of Technology in the laboratory of Richard Murray.
My primary research and clinical interests lie in synthetic biology, global health/infectious disease, and health policy. My undergraduate thesis was conducted under George Church at Harvard Medical School. Internationally, I have conducted research projects in Nepal and in Cameroon.
In my spare time, I enjoy international travel, photography, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors of Southern California. Travel insights can be read in my blog.
Note: The paper copies below may only be utilized for fair use.
Wang, H.H., Isaacs, F.J., Carr, P.A., Sun, Z.Z., Xu, G., Forest, C., Church, G.M. 2009. Programming cells by multiplex genome engineering and accelerated evolution. Nature 2009; 460: 894-898. [Local copy] [Remote copy]
Sun, Z.Z., Isaacs, F.J., Wang, H.H., Charalel, R.A., Church, G.M. Developing enabling technologies for high-throughput genomic manipulation in Escherichia coli [abstract]. In: Conference Proceedings of Synthetic Biology 4.0; 2008 Oct 10-12; Hong Kong, China. [Local copy] [Remote copy]
Sun, Z.Z. 2008. Developing enabling technologies for high-throughput genomic manipulation in Escherichia coli. [undergraduate thesis]. [Cambridge (MA)]: Harvard University. [Local copy] [Remote copy]
Sun, Z., Hsieh, H., Lau, J., Ramos, D. Cyanobacterial oscillator [presentation]. In: Proceedings of iGEM 2006; 2006 Nov 4-5; Cambridge, MA. Cambridge: Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 2006. [Local copy] [Remote copy]
Sun, Z., Jiang, W.S. Size spectrum of Suspended Particulate Matter in the Bohai Sea. In: Proceedings of MTS/IEEE OCEANS 2006; 2006 Sep 18-21; Boston, MA. Boston: IEEE; 2006. p 1-7. [Local copy] [Remote copy]
A review of my current work involving biomolecular breadboards can be found here.
You can find my blog at the following address, related to travel.
A research resume for public use can be found here. For a more detailed resume, please contact me directly.
Zachary Zhipeng Sun
California Institute of Technology
1200 E California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125
zsun at caltech dot (edu)