Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
University of Arizona, USA
Dr. Daekyu Sun is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at University of Arizona, USA. Dr. Daekyu Sun completed his Ph.D. in the year of 1993 in Pharmacy. He has also done postdoctoral training at the College of Pharmacy at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Sun was employed with the Cancer Therapy Research Center (CTRC) at San Antonio, Texas from 1995 to 2002 as a Research Scientist and Assistant Member. Dr. Sun has been employed as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona at Tucson, Arizona since 2008. He has been awarded with Independent Research Support and Transition Award, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health in 1998 and United States Israel Binational Science Foundation Research Award in the year 2000. He is an Active Member of American Association of Cancer Research since1995 and American Chemical Society since 2009. He holds more than 50 publications in many international journals
Dr. Sun is currently exploring a new therapeutic strategy to repress the transcriptional activation of human oncogenes with small molecules capable of binding selectively to non-canonical DNA structures formed within the promoter region of this gene. Another aspect of his work focuses on understanding the chemical and biological mechanisms of the antineoplastic, DNA-damaging natural products to relate their chemical and biochemical properties to its unique biological activity. His research also focuses on understanding the molecular basis and the biological significance of induction of DNA repair genes in human cancer cells in response to major chemotherapeutics in order to identify potential targets appropriate for new anticancer agents that will enhance the lethal activity of many cancer chemotherapeutics.