Hui Sun, Ph.D.

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UCLA Professor, Physiology Member, Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology GPB Home Area Member, Brain Research Institute Member, Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology GPB Home Area
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

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CHS 53-140

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CHS 53-140A

Detailed Biography:

Dr. Sun is Professor of Physiology and Ophthalmology in the Department of Physiology and Stein Eye Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also a member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1998. He came to UCLA in 2003 as an Assistant Professor and received the prestigious Early Career Scientist Award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2009. He has taught in a variety of courses related to physiology and human diseases at UCLA Medical School, UCLA Dental School and UCLA Graduate School.


A selected list of publications:

Zhong, M., and Sun, H.   A Genetic Clog in the Vitamin A Transport Machinery, Cell, 2015; 161 (3): 435-437.
Cheng, G., Zhong, M., Kawaguchi, R., Kassai, M., Al-Ubaidi, M., Deng, J., Ter-Stepanian, M., and Sun, H.   Identification of PLXDC1 and PLXDC2 as the Transmembrane Receptors for the Multifunctional Factor PEDF. , eLIFE, 2014; 3: e05401.
Kawaguchi, R., Yu, J., Ter-Stepanian, M., Zhong, M., Guo, C., Yuan, Q., Jin, M., Travis, G.H., Ong, D., and Sun, H.   Receptor-Mediated Cellular Uptake Mechanism that is Coupled to Intracellular Storage, ACS Chemical Biology , 2011; 6: 1041-51.
Sun, H., and Kawaguchi, R.   The Membrane Receptor for Plasma Retinol Binding Protein, a New Type of Cell-Surface Receptor, Int Rev Cell Mol Biol. , 2011; 288(1-41): .
Kawaguchi, R., Yu, J., Honda, J., Hu, J., Whitelegge, J., Ping, P., Wiita, P., Bok, D., and Sun, H.   A membrane receptor for retinol binding protein mediates cellular uptake of vitamin A, Science, 2007; 315: 820-825.
Yang, Z., Camp, N., Sun, H., Tong, Z., Gibbs, D., Cameron, J., Chen, H., Zhao, Y., Pearson, E., Li, X., Chien, J., DeWan, A., Harmon, J., Bernstein, P., Shridhar, V., Zabriskie, N., Hoh, J., Howes, K., and Zhang, K.   A variant of the HTRA1 gene increases susceptibility to age-related macular degeneration, Science, 2006; 314: 992-993.
Jin, M., Li, S., Moghrabi, W.N., Sun, H., and Travis, G.H.   RPE65 is the retinoid isomerase in bovine retinal pigment epithelium, Cell, 2005; 122: 449-459.

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