Yu Sun named Royal Society of Canada Fellow

UofT Robotics Institute Director Yu Sun has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) on the basis of his exceptional contributions to scholarship in his field.

Yu Sun is the Canada Research Chair in Micro- and Nano-Engineering Systems and the Director of U of T’s Robotics Institute. He is an international leader in developing robotic systems and devices for manipulating and characterizing cells, molecules, and nanomaterials. Sun pioneered the field of robotic cell manipulation, and his work has led to breakthroughs in clinical cell surgery, disease diagnostics, and drug screening. He has also contributed significantly to advances in cellular mechanobiology and nanomechanics through the development of micro-nano instrumentation technologies.

Sun’s robotic ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection) technology resulted in the world’s first robotically created human fertilization. He has also developed the world’s first automated robotic cell manipulation system for drug screening and bladder cancer detection.

Recently, Sun and his team developed a robotic magnetic tweezer system capable of 3D navigation inside a cell, allowing scientists to directly explore intercellular structures for the first time. Sun is a fellow of the AAAS, CAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the National Academy of Inventors.

The Royal Society of Canada’s mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada. Fellowship in the RSC is one of the highest honours a Canadian researcher can achieve. New fellows will be inducted in Ottawa on November 22, during the Society’s Celebration of Excellence and Engagement.


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