- Instructor in Neurology (in Ophthalmology)
Dr. Sun is a nationally recognized physician-scientist whose active research programs that studies disorders and treatments of the visual nervous system.
Dr. Sun completed his undergraduate training and research with honors in Molecular Biology at UC Berkeley. He received his PhD at Massachusetts Institutes of Technology where he studied the molecular basis and neurophysiology of learning and memory. After his medical training and internship at Yale University School of Medicine he completed a residency in Neurology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and was the first recipient for his department of a competitive National Institutes of Health (NIH) research fellowship for an investigation in visual neuroscience. Dr. Sun joined the department of Ophthalmology as the principle investigator of a competitive NIH funded research grant investigating the neurological basis on how the brain processes visual information and eye movements, mentored by Dr. Michael E. Goldberg (Professor at CUMC, Society for Neuroscience President Alumnus, and member of the National Academy of Science).
Dr. Sun’s mission is to develop treatments for patients with eye movement disorders and neurological disturbances of vision and attention (e.g. hemianopia and hemineglect). To do this he has the following research aims:
Determine how the brain encodes for and combines information for eye position/movement with visual information from the retina. Assess and study of eye movement abnormalities in patients with eye movement abnormalities (e.g. ocular flutter, optic ataxias, oculomotor apraxia, etc.) Pilot clinical studies implementing novel visuo-motor rehabilitation strategies and assessing functional outcomes and quality of life measures.
Project Dates: 1-Apr-13 to 31-Mar-18