The driving force of our lab is the curiosity and desire to understand why the biological systems are the way they are. We are often attracted to long-standing questions in biology, for which quantitative, inter- and multi-disciplinary approaches are essential. Some of these questions include: What is the driving force underlying chromosome segregation in bacteria? What is the relationship between growth and cell cycle? What is the origin of the plasticity of cell shape? While our research is naturally question-driven, we also develop tools when necessary. In doing so, we try to meet the highest standard in the relevant discipline (be it physics, biology, or engineering). We value both logic and intuition, but more of "night science" than "day science."
Suckjoon Jun received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He continued to work as a theorist for his post-doctoral training at the FOM-Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam and briefly at Necker Hospital in Paris with NSERC (Canada) and Marie Curie (Europe) post-doctoral fellowships. He was a Bauer Fellow at Harvard University between 2007-2012 before moving to UCSD, during which he completely switched to experimental physical and systems biology.