Speaker Bio: Ying Sun (孙莹), Ph.D.
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Identities: Scientist, Co-founder, FLI (first generation low income) student, immigrant, advocate for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, VC fellow, Co-founder and Co-chair of APIDAS (Asian Pacific Islander and Desi at Salk)
Dr. Sun is a first-generation college student, Asian American scientist, and entrepreneur who immigrated from China and grew up in Las Vegas, NV. She is trained as a plant biologist and received her PhD in cellular, molecular, developmental biology from Stanford University and her BS in Biochemistry, cell biology from UC San Diego. She is passionate about using plants to help humanity by coupling phylogenetic and genomic studies to discover drivers of root morphology in diverse legumes. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, baking, dancing, and being with friends! Learn more about her journey as a woman scientist in this podcast and hear her views on persisting through the PhD here. Keep up with her trail-blazing adventures by following her on twitter and Linkedin!