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Shirley Sun
Associate Professor of Sociology
School of Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Shirley Sun is an Associate Professor of Sociology with joint courtesy appointments at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and the School of Biological Sciences at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.  Shirley studies  genomic science, precision medicine, population and reproduction in global contexts through the concepts of citizenship and “othering”. She is the author of “Socio-economics of Personalized Medicine in Asia” (2017, London and New York: Routledge) and the author of “Population Policy and Reproduction in Singapore: Making Future Citizens” (2012, London and New York: Routledge). Dr. Sun’s articles can be downloaded at the Berkeley Electronic Press website

Research Statement

My current research projects investigate the growing phenomenon of precision medicine initiatives as an integral part of healthcare and the impact this has on multiple stakeholders – for example, primary care providers,  physicians (particularly medical oncologists), health insurance providers and patients.

Research One-liner

My research aims to show the co-construction of genomic science, precision medicine and social relations, and the consequences of such co-construction.


Sun, Shirley. (2020). “Clinical usefulness of genetic testing for drug toxicity in cancer care: decision-makers’ framing, knowledge and perceptions.” New Genetics and Society

Sun, Shirley. (2020). “Between Personalized and Racialized Precision Medicine: A Relative Resources Perspective.” International Sociology, 35(1), 90-110

Sun, Shirley. (2017).  Socio-economics of Personalized Medicine in Asia.  London and New York: Routledge.

Latest Projects
Other affiliation(s)

Associate Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine

Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, College of Science

Expert Areas
genomic science, population and family studies, Precision Medicine

Research Interests
medical sociology, population studies and public and social policy, STS

Research Category
Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Research Sub-category
Chinese Culture & Language (Chinese Studies), Sociology
NISTH Assigned Topic Groupings
Tele-health, medicine, rehab & therapeutics
Affiliated Sustainable Development Goals
GOAL 3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING – Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.
GOAL 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTURE – Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.
GOAL 16: PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS – Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Last Updated
13 Apr 2020
Last Updated
13 Sep 2020