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Sunny Shin

Sunny Shin

Sunny Shin, Associate Professor of Microbiology, is the winner of this year’s Michael S. Brown New Investigator Research Award, which recognizes emerging faculty investigators engaged in innovative discoveries.

Dr. Shin is an internationally recognized expert known for her research at the interface of immunology and bacterial pathogenesis. She launched an impressive research program at Penn on the dynamic interactions between the respiratory pathogen Legionella pneumophila and the innate immune system, and her lab holds promise for novel approaches to treat infection and improve vaccine design. Dr. Shin has broadened her work to encompass additional intracellular pathogens, including Salmonella, which is responsible for diarrheal diseases causing severe morbidity and mortality worldwide, and Coxiella burnettii, the causative agent of Q-­fever and a highly infectious pathogen that many fear is being actively developed as a biological weapon. As one colleague noted, “Her research has the potential to improve health across a broad spectrum of disease. She has infectious enthusiasm that excites those around her. Her research program is an integral part of Penn’s long term commitment to furthering microbiology research in areas maximally influential for improving human health.”