Welcome to the Sung Lab at Mayo Clinic!  

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Our group, led by Jaeyun Sung, Ph.D., develops computational analytical approaches to further understand the intricate relationship between commensal microbial organisms and human health. Of particular interest is in characterizing the global interconnectivity and interdependencies of our body’s microbial community, as well as identifying the primary biomolecular processes driving microbiome-associated wellness and chronic disease. To this end, our work is conducted primarily through global network modeling and systems-level, integrative analyses of multi-omics data from clinical samples. In addition, we are working in close collaboration with wet-lab scientists to couple experimentation with our in silico models and prediction algorithms. Ultimately, we aim to apply insights from our data-driven research to inspire future investigations into human microbiome biocomplexity, and to create novel technologies that can lead to breakthroughs in improving human health.

Our group is based in the Department of Surgery, and is part of the Microbiome Program in Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine. We are housed in the Harwick Building of Mayo Clinic’s main campus (Rochester, MN).


 Sep. 12, 2018: Vinod presented a poster on his current project at the annual Center for Individualized Medicine conference at Mayo Clinic.

Sep. 12, 2018: Vinod presented a poster on his current project at the annual Center for Individualized Medicine conference at Mayo Clinic.

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Apr. 16-18, 2019: Jaeyun will give an invited talk at the Translational Microbiome Conference in Boston, MA.
Oct. 16, 2018: Minsuk’s paper on serum- & bile-based metabolomic signatures of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis is published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. Congratulations, Minsuk!
Oct. 11, 2018: Jaeyun gave an invited talk at Food | Ag | Ideas Week in Minneapolis, MN.
Sep. 12-13, 2018: The lab attended the annual Individualized Medicine Conference held here at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN).
Sept. 12, 2018: Jaeyun gave a talk at the Department of Endocrinology Grand Rounds seminar series.
Sept. 6, 2018: Jaeyun gave a keynote talk at the Food Industry Thought Leaders symposium, hosted by the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute, in Minneapolis, MN.
Aug. 22, 2018: The lab is exploring research avenues into the food & nutrition industry! Jaeyun gave an invited talk at CJ Cheil-jedang Corporation in Suwon, South Korea.
July 4, 2018: Jaeyun gave an invited talk at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital in Seoul, South Korea.

 June 26-28, 2018: Vinod and Minsuk attended the  International Human Microbiome Congress  in Cork, Ireland.

June 26-28, 2018: Vinod and Minsuk attended the International Human Microbiome Congress in Cork, Ireland.

May 2018: sung_lab_members += 1 # We welcome Mr. Sergio Cobo-López from Rovira i Virgili University (Tarragona, Spain)! Sergio's background is in condensed matter physics and statistical learning, and will be joining the lab for a 3-4 month rotation in September.
May 2018: sung_lab_members += 1 # We welcome our third post-doc, Dr. Utpal Bakshi from CSIR-IICB (Kolkata, India)! Dr. Bakshi's background is in bioinformatics pipeline development for pathogen (Enterococci) genome analysis, and will be joining the lab in August.
March 4-8, 2018: The lab attended the Keystone Symposia in Banff, Alberta, Canada.
Feb. 12-14, 2018: Jaeyun gave a talk at the Pathway Tools Workshop on Microbiome Metabolic Modeling in Menlo Park, CA.

 March 22-23, 2018: Jaeyun was invited for a panel discussion on big data analytics for food and personalized nutrition at  Future Food-Tech  in San Francisco, CA. He shared the stage with (from the left) Greg McParland (Senior Investment Manager @DSM Venturing) Neil Grimmer (CEO @Habit) and Stephanie Naegeli (Global Innovations Director for Food @Nestle).

March 22-23, 2018: Jaeyun was invited for a panel discussion on big data analytics for food and personalized nutrition at Future Food-Tech in San Francisco, CA. He shared the stage with (from the left) Greg McParland (Senior Investment Manager @DSM Venturing) Neil Grimmer (CEO @Habit) and Stephanie Naegeli (Global Innovations Director for Food @Nestle).


Jan. 21-24, 2018: The lab attended the Keystone Symposia in Olympic Valley, CA.
Dec. 2017: sung_lab_members += 1 # We welcome our second post-doc, Dr. Minsuk Kim from Seoul National University (Seoul, South Korea)! Dr. Kim's background is in genome-scale metabolic modeling and computational strain design, and will be joining the lab in April 2018.
Nov. 2017: sung_lab_members += 1 # We welcome our first undergraduate researcher, Mr. Kevin Cunningham! Kevin's background is in financial data analysis and computer science, and will be joining the lab this coming December.
Nov. 2-3, 2017: Jaeyun presented a poster of his past work at the Probiotics Congress: USA meeting in San Diego, CA.
Oct. 11-14, 2017: Jaeyun presented a poster of his past work at the BMES2017 conference in Phoenix, AZ.
Oct. 9-10, 2017: The lab attended the Individualizing Medicine Conference held here at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN).
Sept. 2017: The lab was awarded a project grant from Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) for personalized nutrition and probiotics research focusing on the maintenance of healthy body weight. | NYTimes press release
Aug. 1-3, 2017: Jaeyun presented a poster of his past work at the Multi-omics for Microbiomes conference in Pasco, WA.
July 2017: sung_lab_members += 1 # We welcome our first post-doc, Dr. Vinod K. Gupta from CSIR-IICB (Kolkata, India)! Dr. Gupta's background is in meta-genome bioinformatics, and will be joining the lab this coming October.
July 3-5, 2017: Jaeyun gave an invited talk at the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain.
June 20-22, 2017: Jaeyun visited colleagues at Weizmann Institute of Science and Day Two Ltd. in Tel Aviv, Israel.
June, 2017: Jaeyun is featured in the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine news blog.
June 6, 2017: Our paper on gut microbiota metabolic network modeling is out in Nature Communications.
April 2017: Sung Lab has officially launched!


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