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Sun Nyunt Wai

Sun Nyunt Wai is Professor of Medical Microbial Pathogenesis and conducts research on the properties of pathogenic bacteria at the molecular level.

Research qualifications: Docent


Works at

Professor at Department of Molecular Biology Units: Research group Sun Nyunt Wai
6K och 6L, Sjukhusområdet Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå
Affiliated as professor at Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS)
6L, Institutionen för molekylärbiologi Institutionen för molekylärbiologi, 90187 Umeå

My research aims to unravel mechanisms in the interaction between microbes and host cells to better understand the causes of infectious diseases and to find new opportunities to prevent and cure them. My research group has shown, among other things, how small membrane vesicles released from bacteria, affect host cells as they contain specific proteins and other macromolecules that can have an effect on the host's immune system and also the cellular signaling mechanisms that play a major role in tumor formation and cancer.

I am a member of the research consortium Umeå Centre for Microbial Research (UCMR), which constitutes the scientific environment where The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS) was established. As a representative of MIMS, I have participated in international recruitments that are carried out within the framework of The Nordic EMBL Partnership for Molecular Medicine when new group leaders are linked to the various nodes in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Within MIMS, I have conducted research collaborations that have resulted in co-publications of scientific articles with several of the young group leaders Jörgen Johansson, Richard Lundmark, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Andrea Puhar.

Virulence, London: Taylor & Francis Group 2023, Vol. 14, (1)
Farag, Salah; Francis, Monika K.; Gurung, Jyoti M.; et al.
Immunity, Cell Press 2022, Vol. 55, (5) : 847-861
Erttmann, Saskia F.; Swacha, Patrycja; Aung, Kyaw Min; et al.
Molecular Oncology
Flodbring Larsson, Per; Karlsson, Richard; Sarwar, Martuza; et al.
npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, London: Nature Publishing Group 2022, Vol. 8, (1)
Kumar Gahlot, Dharmender; Wai, Sun Nyunt; Erickson, David L.; et al.
Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy, Springer 2022, Vol. 71 : 2565-2575
Löwenmark, Thyra; Li, Xingru; Löfgren Burström, Anna; et al.
eLIFE, eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd 2022, Vol. 11
Nadeem, Aftab; Berg, Alexandra; Pace, Hudson; et al.
Cell Death and Disease, Springer Nature 2022, Vol. 13, (12)
Toh, Eric; Baryalai, Palwasha; Nadeem, Aftab; et al.
Journal of Cell Science, The Company of Biologists 2021, Vol. 134, (5)
Corkery, Dale; Nadeem, Aftab; Aung, Kyaw Min; et al.
Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, Frontiers Media S.A. 2021, Vol. 7
Joshi, Bishnu; Singh, Bhupender; Nadeem, Aftab; et al.
Infection, Genetics and Evolution, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 90
Karah, Nabil; Wai, Sun Nyunt; Uhlin, Bernt Eric
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects, Elsevier 2021, Vol. 1865, (7)
Myint, Si Lhyam; Zlatkov, Nikola; Aung, Kyaw Min; et al.
PLoS Pathogens, Public Library of Science 2021, Vol. 17, (3)
Nadeem, Aftab; Alam, Athar; Toh, Eric; et al.
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2021, Vol. 149, (2) : 442-459
Nadeem, Aftab; Aung, Kyaw Min; Ray, Tanusree; et al.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 118, (47)
Nadeem, Aftab; Nagampalli, Raghavendra; Toh, Eric; et al.
FEMS Microbiology Reviews, Oxford University Press 2021, Vol. 45, (2)
Zlatkov, Nikola; Nadeem, Aftab; Uhlin, Bernt Eric; et al.
Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials, Springer 2020, Vol. 19
Karah, Nabil; Khalid, Fizza; Wai, Sun Nyunt; et al.
International Journal of Cancer, John Wiley & Sons 2020, Vol. 146, (6) : 1686-1699
Larsson, Per; Khaja, Azharuddin Sajid Syed; Semenas, Julius; et al.
Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group 2020, Vol. 10, (1)
Löwenmark, Thyra; Löfgren Burström, Anna; Zingmark, Carl; et al.
Bacterial membrane vesicles: biogenesis, functions and applications, Springer 2020 : 131-158
Nadeem, Aftab; Oscarsson, Jan; Wai, Sun Nyunt
Environmental Microbiology, John Wiley & Sons 2020, Vol. 22, (10) : 4409-4423
Seibt, Henrik; Aung, Kyaw Min; Ishikawa, Takahiko; et al.
PLOS ONE, Public Library Science 2019, Vol. 14, (1)
Ahmad, Irfan; Karah, Nabil; Nadeem, Aftab; et al.
Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group 2019, Vol. 9
Bitar, Aziz; Aung, Kyaw Min; Wai, Sun Nyunt; et al.
Data in Brief, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 22 : 914-919
Cavanagh, Jorunn Pauline; Askarian, Fatemeh; Pain, Maria; et al.
Journal of Proteomics, Elsevier 2019, Vol. 197 : 106-114
Cavanagh, Jorunn Pauline; Pain, Maria; Askarian, Fatemeh; et al.
Journal of Oral Microbiology, Taylor & Francis 2019, Vol. 11, (1)
Lindholm, Mark; Aung, Kyaw Min; Wai, Sun Nyunt; et al.
Journal of Proteomics, Vol. 195 : 33-40
Taheri, Nayyer; Fällman, Maria; Wai, Sun Nyunt; et al.
Frontiers in Microbiology, Vol. 9
Askarian, Fatemeh; Lapek, John D., Jr.; Dongre, Mitesh; et al.
mBio, American Society for Microbiology 2018, Vol. 9, (2)
Codemo, Mario; Muschiol, Sandra; Iovino, Federico; et al.
Communications Biology, Springer Nature Publishing AG 2018, Vol. 1
Dongre, Mitesh; Singh, Bhupender; Aung, Kyaw Min; et al.
Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, FRONTIERS MEDIA SA 2018, Vol. 7
Jers, Carsten; Ravikumar, Vaishnavi; Lezyk, Mateusz; et al.
Frontiers in Microbiology, Frontiers Media S.A. 2018, Vol. 9
Nakao, Ryoma; Myint, Si Lhyam; Wai, Sun Nyunt; et al.
Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group 2018, Vol. 8
Taheri, Nayyer; Mahmud, A K M Firoj; Sandblad, Linda; et al.
Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group 2018, Vol. 8
Vdovikova, Svitlana; Gilfillan, Siv; Wang, Shixiong; et al.
Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group 2018, Vol. 8
Zhang, Zhen; Aung, Kyaw Min; Uhlin, Bernt Eric; et al.
Microbial Pathogenesis, Vol. 105 : 177-184
Tobias, Joshua; Lebens, Michael; Wai, Sun Nyunt; et al.
Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, Frontiers Media S.A. 2017, Vol. 7
Vdovikova, Svitlana; Luhr, Morten; Szalai, Paula; et al.
Journal of Innate Immunity, Vol. 8, (3) : 269-283
Aung, Kyaw Min; Sjöström, Annika E; von Pawel-Rammingen, Ulrich; et al.
Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Vol. 60, (3) : 1801-1818
Karah, Nabil; Dwibedi, Chinmay Kumar; Sjöström, Karin; et al.
Infection and Immunity, Vol. 84, (5) : 1478-1490
Mondal, Ayan; Tapader, Rima; Chatterjee, Nabendu Sekhar; et al.
mBio, Vol. 7, (6)
Resch, Ulrike; Tsatsaronis, James Anthony; Le Rhun, Anais; et al.
Antibiotics, Vol. 5, (2)
Song, Tianyan; Duperthuy, Marylise; Wai, Sun Nyunt
Trends in Microbiology, Vol. 23, (11) : 667-668
Duperthuy, Marylise; Uhlin, Bernt Eric; Wai, Sun Nyunt
Protein Science, Vol. 24, (12) : 2076-2080
Edwin, Aaron; Persson, Cecilia; Mayzel, Maxim; et al.
PLOS ONE, Vol. 10, (2)
Karah, Nabil; Samuelsen, Ørjan; Zarrilli, Raffaele; et al.
Bioinformatics, Vol. 31, (6) : 933-939
Kim, Dae-Kyum; Lee, Jaewook; Kim, Sae Rom; et al.
Scientific Reports, Vol. 5
Kunsmann, Lisa; Rueter, Christian; Bauwens, Andreas; et al.
PLOS ONE, Vol. 10, (7)
Rompikuntal, Pramod K.; Vdovikova, Svitlana; Duperthuy, Marylise; et al.
Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Elsevier 2015, Vol. 127, (0) : 182-191
Ruhal, Rohit; Antti, Henrik; Rzhepishevska, Olena; et al.

Research groups

Head of research
Sun Nyunt Wai Lab

Research projects

1 January 2023 until 31 December 2025
Sun Nyunt Wai Lab

Exploring modulation of host cell signaling mediated by secreted bacterial factors.