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Prof. Lei Sun
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Prof. Lei Sun


Designs new strategies for ultrasound neuromodulation and ultrasound/photoacoustic molecular imaging and theranostics


Dr. Lei SUN, an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and his Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University. He then conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Southern California. And joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2008. His research interests include understanding the underlying mechanisms and possible translational strategies of using ultrasound for neuro-modulation and brain stimulation, investigating the potentials of ultrasound bio-effects for cancer therapy and diabetes, and multimodality molecular imaging and theranostics.


Dr. Lei SUN has 20 years of research and development experience in medical ultrasound technology, including system development, signal/image processing and biomedical applications. As a PI, he has managed numerous research projects such as Research Grants Council General Research Fund (GRF), Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF), Innovation Technology Fund (ITF), and National Natural Science Foundation (NSFC), with a total funding of over 38 million Hong Kong Dollars. He also participated in the 973 project of the Ministry of Science and Technology. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and international conference proceedings, including Advanced Science, Biomaterials, Cell Reports, npj Regenerative Medicine, Acta Biomaterialia, iScience, Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics Frequency Control, etc. Dr. Sun is a member of the Institute of Medical Ultrasound Engineering of the Chinese Society of Biomedical Engineering and a member of the Instrument and Equipment Development Committee of the Chinese Society of Ultrasound and Engineering. He has chaired/co-chaired many international conferences and won several best papers/poster awards, e.g. the research achievement awards from the Faculty of Engineering Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Research Interests

  • Ultrasound neuromodulation and Sonogenetics
  • Molecular Imaging and Theranostics
  • Ultrasound Instrumentation

Professional Qualifications

  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow

Academic and Professional Experiences

  • Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 2014 - current
  • Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Division of Biomedical Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, 2008 - 2014
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow/Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 2004 - 2008  

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