Julia Sun

PhD Student

Julia was born in China and then moved to Plymouth, MN, USA at age 6. During high school she worked for Prof Daniel Garry at the Lillehei Heart Institute, University of Minnesota, where she developed protocols for isolating cardiomyocytes from eastern red-spotted newts to study heart regeneration. Julia then attended MIT to study for her BSc in Chemical-Biological Engineering. While at MIT, Julia worked for Dr Almquist in Prof Paula Hammond's group to develop new strategies for treating diabetic ulcers. Julia received numerous awards for this research including first place at the AIChE Annual Student Conference poster contest in 2013 and first place at the AIChE Annual Meeting student paper competition in 2015. In addition, Julia received an Amgen Scholars Fellowship in 2013 to spend the summer at Caltech in Prof James Heath's group where she used microfluidics to explore the polyfunctionality of engineered T cells for melanoma immunotherapy. Following her graduation from MIT in 2015, Julia received a Fulbright-Imperial College London Scholarship to pursue an MRes in Bioengineering as part of the Almquist Lab. She has subsequently been awarded the prestigious Imperial College PhD Scholarship to pursue her PhD in the Almquist Lab designing new nanotechnologies for neuroscience.



Imperial College London

PhD Student in Bioengineering


Imperial College London

MRes in Bioengineering


Massachusetts Institute of Technology

BSc Chemical & Biological Engineering


Interfacial Contact is Required for Metal-Assisted Plasma Etching of Silicon

Sun JB & Almquist BD. Advanced Materials Interfaces, In Press (2017).

Chapter 10. Biomaterial-Based Systems for Pharmacologic Treatment of Wound Repair

Pop M, Sun JB, Almquist BD. Bioengineering in Wound Healing: A Systems Approach, World Scientific, 271-302 (2017).

Combination Growth Factor Therapy via Electrostatically Assembled Wound Dressings Improves Diabetic Ulcer Healing

Almquist BD, Castleberry SA*, Sun JB*, Lu AY, Hammond PT. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 4, 2090-2099 (2015).

Signs &Symptoms of Dextromethorphan Exposure from YouTube

Chary M, Park E, McKenzie M, Sun J, Manini A, Genes N. PLoS ONE, 9, e82452 (2014).