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Professor Yu Sun

Ph.D. (University of Minnesota), P.Eng., FCSME, FEIC, FASME, FIEEE, FCAE
Canada Research Chair in Micro and Nano Engineering Systems


Sun is a Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and is jointly appointed in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto (UofT). He is a McLean Senior Faculty Fellow at UofT, and the Canada Research Chair in Micro and Nano Engineering Systems. As the Faculty Director, Sun directed the University Nanofabrication Centre during 01/2012-12/2013. The Center hosts ~50 million dollar equipment and has a group of technical and administrative staff, providing open access to UofT users from across faculties and to external users from both academia and industry.

Sun joined UofT in July 2004 and was promoted through the ranks of associate professor and full professor in 2009 and 2012. In 2014, he was elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE). In 1996, he obtained his Bachelor's degree from Dalian University of Technology that awarded him an Alumni Achievement Award in 2015. He obtained an M.S. degree from the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing) in 1999. Sun was on the intercollegiate basketball team (1992-1994) at Dalian University of Technology. While Sun was in Beijing, he was among the 18 professional TOEFL and GRE lecturers at the Beijing New Oriental School (1998-1999). In 2001, Sun received an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Univ. of Minnesota in 2003. Prior to joining the faculty of Toronto in July 2004, Sun did his postdoctoral research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zürich).

Sun established in 2004 and directs the Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Laboratory at UofT. Leveraging his experience in micro-nanorobotics and cleanroom micro-nanofabrication, his team has strong expertise in (1) developing fundamental micro-nanomanipulation techniques and intelligent micro-nanorobotic systems; (2) designing novel micro-nano devices and developing new micro-nanofabrication processes. The research group manipulates, characterizes, and senses biological cells, biomolecules, and nanomaterials for both fundamental studies (e.g., molecule screen and genetics) and clinical/industrial applications (IVF, rare cell isolation, blood cell testing, and precision instrumentation for industrial automation).

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