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Principal Investigator


Sua Myong  Ph.D
Associate Professor
Biophysics department
Johns Hopkins University


Mailing Address:
3400 North Charles Street

110 Jenkins Hall
Baltimore, Maryland 21218


Tel: 410-516-5122
Fax: 410-516-4118





  • 2002 Ph.D in Nutrition, University of California, Berkeley  [Thesis: Folate-mediated one-carbon flux into thymine and purines in CHO cell lines. (Advisor: Barry Shane Ph.D)]
  • 1994 B.S in Molecular Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley  [Thesis: Aspartate receptor binding protein characterization by site specific mutagenesis.  (Advisor: Sunghou Kim Ph.D)]



  • Single molecule Single Cell Biopysics (Biophysics Elective; Fall 2017, Johns Hopkins University )

    Topics: single molecule techniques including smFRET, optical tweezers, next generation sequencing,

    transcriptomic analysis, single molecule imaging in live cells.



  • 2010-present: Core faculty,  Cellular Decision Making in Cancer, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois
  • 2010-present: Affiliate (Friends) member,  NSF Physics Frontier Center: Center for the Physics of Living Cells, University of Illinois
  • 2007-2009: Fellow research scientist,  Precision Proteomics, Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois
  • 2002-2007: Postdoctorate Fellow, Physics department, University of Illinois (Advisor: Taekjip Ha Ph.D)



  • 1993  International scholar’s award for high academic achievement, University of California, Berkeley.
  • 2000  George M. Briggs Memorial Award for excellent research and teaching, University of California, Berkeley.
  • 2005  Scaringe Award for promoted speaker, Gordon conference, Nucleic Acid meeting.

  • 2010  Genome Technology’s annual list of “Tomorrow’s PIs” for single molecule fluorescence research               (

  • 2011  American Cancer Society Research Scholar Award.
  • 2011  Human Frontier Science Program Research Award.
  • 2012  NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.
  • 2013  Outstanding Advisor of the Year Award, Medical Scholar’s Program at University of Illinois.
  • 2014  Rose Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering, University of Illinois.
  • 2016  Catalyst Award for research innovation, Johns Hopkins University.
  • 2017  Discovery Award, Johns Hopkins University.


DNA recombination/repair and its role in cancer development and environmentally induced human diseases, virus infection and antiviral signaling, microRNA processing by dicer and TRBP, photophysics.