Xingmin Sun

Postdoctoral Researchers:

  • Yuanguo Wang (Nov 2014- Mar 2017)
  • Ying Cai (Mar 2015- Mar 2017)
  • Duolong Zhu (2017-2019)


Visiting Scholars:

  • Zhong Peng (PhD, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China, March 2016- March 2018)
  • Chunhui Li (MD, Xiangya Hospital Central South University of China, Nov 2016- Dec 2017)
  • Zhibian Duan (PhD, Professor, College of Animal Science, Shanxi Agriculture University, Sep-Dec 2016)
  • Yang Wang (PhD, Associate Professor, College of Animal Science and Technology, Henan University of Science and Technology, May 2015-May 2016)
  • Xianghong Ju (PhD, Associate Professor, Guangdong Ocean University, Guangdong, China, Nov 2014-Nov 2015)
  • Song Zhao (MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Jiangsu Province Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China, Jun 2014-Jun 2015)
  • Keshan Zhang (PhD, Associate Professor, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, Academy of Agricultural Science, Nov 2013-Nov 2014)
  • Yuankai Wang (PhD, Shanghao Jiao Tong University, Feb 2013-Feb 2014)
  • Zhen Wu (PhD Ningbo University, 2018-2019)


Research Assistants: 

  • Eric Taylor


Masters Students:

  • ​Trang Nguyen



Undergraduate Students:

  • Angela Zhu
  • Rachel Sieradzan
  • ​Jessica Bullock
  • Enid Jimenez
  • ​Anisha Paulson

Ann Mathew

Dr. Sun is the Principle Investigator. He has his PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Kiel, Germany. He earned his Master Degree in Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology from the Nanjing Agricultural University. He is an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Molecular Medicine, College of Medicine at the University of South Florida (USF). He holds secondary appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology & Molecular Biology, and USF Genomics.  ​​Dr. Sun is a NIH Career Development Awardee. His research is supported by several NIH grants including R01, R21, R03 as well as internal seed grants and contracts.  He serves on Editorial Boards for “Infection and Immunity”, “Applied and Environmental Microbiology”. He also serves Review Editor for “Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology”, and acts as an ad-hoc reviewer for 10 other journals. In addition, Dr. Sun has been actively serving NIH study section panels. In 2018, he was awarded "Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award" at USF. 

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Kristina Valladares

Shaohui is currently a Research Associate at Department of Molecular Medicine, and currently working on the pathogenesis of Clostridium difficile.

I am a junior pursuing a B.S. in cell and molecular biology at the University of South Florida. My future goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in cellular biology. I am interested in studying phage biology and its applications to disease treatment. Besides research, my passion for learning also extends to education. I am fascinated by the ways in which teachers and students interact with each other and learn from one another. My goal is to obtain a faculty position at a research university so I can contribute to the knowledge base that drives scientific advancement while also being involved in improving STEM education for aspiring students.

Shaohui Wang

Joshua Heuler

I have recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University and am continuing my studies at the University of South Florida. My major will be Medical Sciences with a concentration of Molecular Medicine.

Ann Mathew is a second year student majoring in Microbiology and minoring in Infection control. She is planning to do a PhD after her undergraduate studies.  And is aiming to pursue a career in clinical Microbiology or Epidemiology and hoping to work with CDC in future. She is been working as research volunteer  in Dr. Sun’s lab since spring 2020.

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