Dianqing Sun, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Associate Professor Sun is investigating anti-cancer agents. His development of novel anti-TB agents may have the potential to overcome the cross resistance that occurs with current clinically used TB drugs.

Dianqing Sun 
Dianqing Sun

Dianqing Sun is an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. His lab at the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy focuses on the design and synthesis of novel small molecule and natural product based anti-infective and anti-cancer agents. The chemical approaches include classical organic synthesis, parallel and high-throughput chemistry, solid-phase organic synthesis, followed by traditional medicinal chemistry optimization of the emerging lead compounds.

He’s done extensive work in tuberculosis research.

“No TB specific drugs have been discovered since the introduction of Rifampin 40 years ago,” says Sun. “In particular, due to the emergence and evolution of drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis, there is an urgent need to discover new chemotype TB drugs with novel mechanism of action and low toxic properties.”

In his TB work, Sun employed approaches inspired by high-throughput screening hits and natural products, and the researcher aimed to develop small molecule piperidinol- and natural product Engelhardione-based analogues as novel antituberculosis agents.

Sun says development of novel anti-TB agents may have the potential to overcome the cross resistance that occurs with current clinically used TB drugs.

Education

Sun received his master of science in organic chemistry at East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, and doctor of philosophy in organic chemistry at the University of Memphis.

 

– Originally published on April 17, 2012 and updated June 27, 2018. TB research information from Kāwili Lā‘au newsletter.