Current Members
Current Members

Dr. Hein Min Tun       BVSc, MSc, PhD

Principal Investigator / Group Leader

Research Assistant Professor

Dr Hein Tun is a public health veterinarian and received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Hong Kong. He then moved to Canada to pursue his postdoctoral research at the Gut Microbiome Laboratory of the University of Manitoba where he held an additional role as a lab manager.  After 2 years working for microbiome and resistome research in food animals, human and the environment, he joined with the SyMBIOTA research team at the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Alberta to study roles of infant gut microbiome in health and diseases using the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) birth cohort.

His research interests range from studies on the role of human and animal microbiome in health and diseases to surveillance of antimicrobial resistant bacteria (resistome) in the interface of human, animals and the environment. His research findings have been frequently featured in major international media and also highlighted in Nature Outlook.

Dr Tun received several awards, scholarships, and fellowships including the Dik Zwart Award during his Ph.D. study. He is also the winner of two prestigious fellowship awards of Canada including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) fellowship and the Alberta Innovates (AI) Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Dr. Kanchana Poonsuk   DVM, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Poonsuk is a veterinarian experiences in antimicrobial resistance research and animal production in South-East Asia. She has been worked in Center for Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring in Foodborne Pathogens (in cooperation with WHO) and WHO Global Foodborne Infections Network: South-East Asia and Western Pacific Region (GFN) before enrolled her PhD in Veterinary Public Health, Chulalongkorn University. During her Ph.D. program, she received awards from Thailand Research Fund (TRF) and East-West Center to participate research group at University of Hawaii at Manoa and John A. Burn School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her research interests are microbiome and antimicrobial resistance in human, animal and environment based on One Health concept.

Darren Chan   BSc, MSc

Research Assistant

Mr. Darren Chan received the degree of Bachelor of Science in the University of Hong Kong with Chemistry and Food & Nutritional Science as his majors. Afterwards, he received his M.Phil. degree in the University of Hong Kong. He studied the antimicrobial activities of natural antioxidants extracted from edible plants against different bacteria, including some common food-borne pathogenic bacteria.

Suisha Liang   BE, ME 

Research Assistant

Suisha worked as an intermediate bioinformatics analysis engineer at BGI-Research for more than 9 years before joining the Tun lab.


Hilda On

Summer Intern (July-August 2018)

Hilda On is an intern from Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE). She is studying biotechnology and joined the team since July 2018.

Sylvian Gho

Summer Intern (September-November 2018)

Sylvian Gho is a medical student from The Erasmus university of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He started his minor: Biomedical Research in Practice, which includes an internship at the Tun lab.

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