Current Happenings

2023.01 Our paper “RNAdegformer: accurate prediction of mRNA degradation at nucleotide resolution with deep learning” is now available on Briefings in Bioinformatics. Congratulations to Shujun, Baizhen, and Rushant!

2022.12 Dr. Sun’s postdoc work “Enhancing nutritional niche and host defenses by modifying the gut microbiome” is now online at Molecular Systems Biology. It was five years’ collaborative efforts pushing it though. Enjoy it!

2022.11 We have another new addition to our family, Leah! Dr. Feng, may your growing family be blessed with the great memories and great fun!

2022.08 To kick off the new academic year, we are excited to announce a newly awarded NSF grant for a collaborative project: Synthetic methane fixation cascades based on engineered membrane vesicles for biofuel cell applications!

2022.06 Congratulations Qiushi Liang on a successful Masters defense! Samsung Semiconductors- Austin is lucky to have you joining their team!

2022.05 Congratulations Baizhen Gao on pursuing another Co-op at Merck!

2022.05 Welcome iGEM- TAMU to kick-off the pilot year in our lab! Check out the website here!

2022.01 Shujun and Dr. Sun’s publication on the PANDA Challenge is now available on Nature Medicine! Read about it here!

2022.01 Congratulations to Dr. Sun for being appointed to the Herbert H. Richardson Faculty Fellowship!

2021.12 Congratulations are in order for Dr. Sun for receiving the Outstanding Junior Faculty of the Year Award!

2021.11 We are elated to be awarded an NIH R01 Grant on a deep learning and experiment integrated platform for stable mRNA vaccines development!

2021.10 Congratulations Baizhen Gao on receiving the Paul and Ellen Deisler Fellowship for 2021!

2021.09 We are part of the 2 Million dollars funding by NSF to explore the nature and engineer them to degrade plastic mixtures. Thank you NSF for the support and thank you Dr. Arum Han for the leadership!

2021.07 Our lab is proud to receive the 1.3 Million dollars President’s Excellence Fund X-Grant in our groundbreaking research in creating temperature resistant mRNA for future therapeutics and applications! Check out these articles published by KBTX and Texas A&M Engineering!


2021.06 Congratulations to Baizhen as he embarks on his new internship in Boston, MA! We will miss you!

2021.04 Welcome, the newest addition to our lab family, Cheng Xi! Congratulations to being a new mom, Dr. Feng!

2021.02 Our first research paper titled “Programming gene expression in multicellular organisms for physiology modulation through engineered bacteria” is accepted for publication at Nature Communications. Congratulations to Baizhen Gao! More to come!

2021.01 Our deep learning paper is now available on BioRxiv. Nucleic Transformer: Deep Learning on Nucleic Acids with Self-attention and Convolutions. doi:

2020.01 The first paper from Sun Lab is accepted for publication at Biochemical Society Transactions. Congratulations to the co-authors Baizhen Gao, Rushant Sabnis and Tommaso Costantini!

2019.10 Dr. Qing Sun is awarded “Faculty of the Year” from CHEGSA Chemical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University.

2018-2020 Multiple lab outing activities. It was fun!


2018.10.10 Graduate student Rushant Sabnis Joined the Lab, Welcome!

2018.05.04 Dr. Sun is invited to give a talk at the 1st Rice University Synthetic Biology Hangout. Honored and way to go!

2018.04.12 Dr. Sun is invited to give a talk at Tx Protein Folder & Function Meeting. Looking forward to it!

2017.10.10 Graduate student Baizhen Gao joined the lab. The first student in the lab. Good research is coming on the way!