Jun Sun, PhD

Title & Department


Department of Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

College of Medicine

Research Program

Cancer Biology (CB)

Phone: 312-996-5020

Email: junsun7@uic.edu

Dr. Jun Sun is a tenured Professor of Medicine at the UIC. She is an elected fellow of American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and American Physiological Society (APS). She chairs for the AGA microbiome and microbial Therapy section. Her research interests are host-microbiome interactions in inflammation and cancer. Her key achievements include 1) characterization of vitamin D receptor regulation of intestinal barrier and microbiome in inflammation and cancer, 2) identification of dysbiosis and intestinal dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and 3) characterization of bacteria in regulating intestinal stem cells and leading to cancer. Dr. Sun has published over 200 scientific articles. She is the leading editor of 6 books on microbiome, including a Nature/Spring book entitled “Inflammation, infection, and microbiome in cancers: evidence, mechanisms, and implications”. She serves on the editorial board of more than 10 peer-reviewed journals. She services study sections for the NIH, DOD, NASA, American Cancer Society, and other research foundations. Her research is supported by the NIH, DOD, and VA awards.


PhD, Toxicity & Pharmacology Institute

Disease Focus

Breast; Gastrointestinal; Colorectal

Research Keywords

Colon Cancer; Breast Cancer; Vitamin D; Micronutrients; Microbiome; Inflammation

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Published Research

PubMed Search

Other Link(s)

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