Principle Investigator – Duxin Sun

Dr. Duxin Sun is the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan. He is the Charles Walgreen Jr. Professor of Pharmacy and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Dr. Sun serves as the Director of Pharmacokinetics (PK) Core. Dr. Sun also has joint appointment in the Chemical Biology program, the Interdisciplinary Medicinal Chemistry program, and University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Sun received broad training in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PhD), Molecular Biology (visiting scientist), Pharmacology (MS) and Pharmacy (BS).

Dr. Sun’s research interests focus on drug discovery, nanomedicine and pharmacokinetics. Dr. Sun has published more than 260 papers (H-index 66), mentored 37 PhD students and 70 postdoctoral fellows/visiting scientists. Dr. Sun is a Fellow of American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and has served as chair of the PPB (Physical Pharmacy and Biopharmaceutics) in AAPS. Dr. Sun served on FDA Pharmaceutical Science and Clinical Pharmacology Advisory Committee. Dr. Sun has served on study sections for NIH and FDA. 

Research Introduction to General Public: Drug Discovery and NanoMedicine

1. 90% of drugs fail clinical trials – here’s one way researchers can select better drug candidates. Conversation, Feburary 23, 2022


2. Nanoparticles are the future of medicine – researchers are experimenting with new ways to design tiny particle treatments for cancer. Conversation, May 4, 2022


Research Introduction to Scientists: Drug Discovery, NanoMedicine, Pharmacokinetics

1. NanoMedicine Reshapes Microenvironment in Tumors and Lymph Nodes For Cancer Immunotherapy

2. STAR (Structure-Tissue selectivity-Activity Relationship) Selects Better Drug Candidates and Balances Clinical Dose/Efficacy/Safety 

3. Virus Antigen Cluster Mimicry NanoVaccine (VAMVax) Activates B/T cell immunity For Cancer Immunotherapy and Neutralizing Bacterial Toxin

4. Direct Measurement of Microbiome, Bile Salts, and Drug Release in Human GItract using Intubation or Wireless Sampling Capsule 

More information on the lab's research programs can be found here.

Sun Lab Members

The Sun Lab research team is made up of about thirty individuals, including graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows, research scientists, and PK Core staff, as well as visiting research scientists. We have students from the Pharmaceutical Sciences department at the College of Pharmacy, from the Program in Chemical Biology, and from the Cellular and Molecular Biology department at LS&A. Our lab includes researchers with degrees in chemistry, biology, mathematics, and engineering. You can learn more about our lab members here, and check for open positions in the lab here.

Sun Lab Location

The Sun Lab is located at the North Campus Research Complex, Building 520, 1600 Huron Parkway, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Lab meetings are held weekly; the lab calendar is available here. For administrative concerns, please contact Erika Zucal, the lab's administrative assistant, at



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