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Bo Sun

Associate Professor
Department of Physics

Bo Sun

Associate Professor
Department of Physics


Welcome to the biophysics lab run by my team at Oregon State University! Using advanced imaging, microfabrication and analytic tools, our group focuses on the physics of various collective cellular behaviors.

Research Interests

  • Statistical Physics of Cell Signaling
  • Cell Mechanics
  • Collective Cancer Invasion


Ph.D., New York University, 2010, Physics

B.S., Tsinghua University, 2003

Research areas



  • The mechanics and dynamics of cancer cells sensing noisy 3D contact guidance, Jihan Kim , Yuansheng Cao, Christopher z Eddy, Youyuan Deng, Herbert Levine*, Wouter-Jan Rappel*, Bo Sun*, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 2021, 118 (10) e2024780118
  • The geometric dependence of collective cancer invasion. Jihan Kim, Yu Zheng, Amani A. Alobaidi, Hanqing Nan, Jianxiang Tian, Yang Jiao* and Bo Sun*, Biophysical Journal, 2020, 118, 1177-1182
  • Stress-induced plasticity of dynamic collagen networks, Jihan Kim, Jingchen Feng, Christopher A.R. Jones, Xiaoming Mao, Leonard M. Sander, Herbert Levine, Bo Sun, Nature Communications, 8, 842 (2017)