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  • Writer's pictureChao Sun

C.V. of Chao Sun


Last updated on August 20, 2022


EDUCATION

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany

08/2018 to present

HFSP & EMBO postdoctoral fellow

Advisor: Director, Prof. Erin M. Schuman

Department of Synaptic Plasticity

Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Chicago, Woods Hole, USA

06/2018-08/2018

Trainee, Neurobiology

Cornell University, USA

08/2013 to 05/2018

Ph.D. in Chemistry (27/5/2018)

Thesis advisor: Professor William R. Dichtel

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Nanjing University, China

09/2009 to 06/2013

B.Sc. in Chemistry

Thesis advisor: Professor Jin Zhu

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering



AWARDS & FELLOWSHIPS

Joachim Herz Stiftung Add-on Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Life Science 2019

Humboldt Research Fellowship from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (declined) 2019

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Cross-disciplinary Fellowship 2019

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Proposal: Seal of Excellence 2019

Alumni of Hertie Foundation’s Fellows & Friends Programme 2019

European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) long-term fellowship 2018

Helmsley Charitable Trust scholarship at the Marine Biological Laboratory 2018

Cornell University Graduate School Conference Travel Grants 2015 to 2017

Winner of The Art of Science image contest at Northwestern University 2017

RIKEN prize, Gordon Research Conference: Self-assembly & Supramolecular chemistry 2017

Poster winner of Cornell Center for Materials Research Symposium 2017

Winner of 2016 Cornell Center for Materials Research electron microscopy contest 2016

Top 3 English review paper of the 14th Forum of Science & Arts, Nanjing University 2013

Top 3 of TECO Green-tech Contest International Venue in Taiwan 2012

Air products scholarship 2012

Excellent Teaching Assistant of Freshman Seminar courses, Nanjing University 2012

Highest undergraduate departmental scholarship: Jiangwenruo Scholarship 2011

Chancellor’s Honor Roll in University of Mississippi 2010



PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany

08/2018 to present

EMBO & HFSP Postdoctoral Fellow

Advisor: Director, Prof. Erin Schuman, Department of Synaptic Plasticity


Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA

05/2018 to 07/2018

Trainee, Neurobiology course

Northwestern University, USA (due to group moving)

07/2016 to 05/2018

Predoctoral visiting scholar

Advisor: Prof. William Dichtel, Department of Chemistry

Cornell University, USA

08/2013 to 05/2018

Graduate research assistant

Advisor: Prof. William Dichtel, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology


Microstructure National Lab, China

12/2010 to 06/2013

Undergraduate research assistant at Microstructure National Lab, China

Advisor: Prof. Jin Zhu, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering


University of Lausanne, Switzerland

06/2011 to 08/2011

Undergraduate visiting scholar

Advisor: Prof. Roman Chrast, Department of Medical Genetics


University of Mississippi, USA

07/2010 to 12/2010

Undergraduate visiting scholar

Advisor: Prof. Murrel Godfrey, Department of Chemistry



TEACHING & MENTORING

Max Planck Institute for Brain Research Teaching Lab

01/2019 to present

Teaching assistant


Goethe University Grade Brain Seminar & Workshop Series

07/2019

Course instructor

Department of Synaptic Plasticity, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research

01/2019 to present

Supervisor of junior scholars and master students


Cornell University

08/2013 to 05/2015

Graduate teaching assistant, Department of chemistry and chemical biology


SERVICE & OUTREACH

eLife Early-Career Advisory Group

04/2019 to 04/2020

Ambassador

MPI for Brain Research Postdoc Association

01/2019 to 01/2020

Elected postdoc representative

German Neuroscience Olympiad

01/2019 to 01/2020

Press leader, Frankfurt branch


Scientific American Chinese Edition

03/2017 to 05/2017

Intern contributing editor

Cornell University Graduate & Professional Student Center

07/2015 to 06/2016

Culture fellow & board member


Cornell Nano Scale Science & Technology Facility (CNF)

09/2015 to 05/2016

Outreach ambassador


Cornell University Academic Integrity Committee for Physical Sciences

09/2015 to 05/2016

Committee member


China R&D Center, Air Products and Chemicals Inc.

09/2012 to 03/2013

Gasification Dept. intern, China R&D Center, Air Products and Chemicals Inc.


INVITED PRESENTATIONS AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES

Neuroscience school of advanced studies-learning & memory 2022

71st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in chemistry 2022

Gordon research seminar & conference: single-molecule approaches to biology (Oral) 2022

Gordon research seminar & conference: synaptic transmission (Oral) 2022

Single-molecule biophysics meeting in Les Houches (Oral) 2022

The Brain Conference: RNA Mechanisms and Brain Disease 2021

EMBL Symposium: Seeing is Believing-Imaging the Molecular Processes of Life 2021

4th International Conference on Nanoscopy (ICON): The Prevalence and Specificity of Neuronal Local Protein Synthesis at Single-molecule Resolution (Oral) 2021

HFSP Annual Meeting: Local Protein Synthesis Maintains and Remodels Synaptic Proteomes (Oral) 2021

Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS), Singapore (nominated by HFSP) 2021

Yale University SYNAPSES seminar at Kavli Institute for Neuroscience (Oral) 2021

‘Stars Shinning on The South Lake’ Elite Summit - World Young Scientists Forum; Jiaxing, China. 2018

American Chemical Society National Meeting: Division of Polymer Chemistry; Title: Adhesion Goniometry of Graphene; Washington DC, US. (Oral) 2017

American Chemical Society National Meeting: Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry (Targeted Nanosystems for Therapeutic Applications); Title: Graphene Oxide Nanosheets Stimulate Ruffling and Shedding of Mammalian Cell Plasma Membranes; Washington DC, US. (Oral) 2017

Cornell Centre For Materials Research Symposium; Title: Adhesion Goniometry of graphene; Ithaca, US 2017

Gordon Research Conference - Self-assembly & Supramolecular chemistry; Title: Graphene Goniometry; Les Diablerets, Switzerland. 2017

Gordon Research Conference - Biointerfaced Science; Title: Graphene Oxide Nanosheets Stimulate Ruffling and Shedding of Mammalian Cell Plasma Membranes; Les Diablerets, Switzerland 2016

American Chemical Society National Meeting: Division of colloid and surface chemistry; Title: Retaining the Activity of Enzymes and Fluorophores Attached to Graphene Oxide; Boston, US. (Oral) 2015

2nd National Science and Technology Activities Seminar of Chemistry Major Undergraduates by Ministry of Education, China; Title: Stable Knockdown of Ascorbic Acid Transporter SVCT2 in DRG Neurons by shRNA Strategy (Keynote presentation); Changsha, China. (Oral) 2012




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