Academic Profile

Shirley Sun is Associate Professor of Sociology with a joint courtesy appointment at Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine) at NTU. She studies population, reproduction, genomic science and precision medicine in global contexts through the concepts of citizenship and "othering". Her most recent book is on genetics/genomics-based precision medicine (Shirley Sun. 2017. Socio-economics of Personalized Medicine in Asia. London and New York: Routledge), where she draws on extensive interview data with physicians and genetic research scientists in Asia with respect to their understanding and experiences of precision medicine. More information about the OPEN ACCESS book is available online at

- Book reviewed by Contemporary Sociology, Sociology of Health and Illness, and East Asian Science Technology and Society (EASTS)

Shirley Sun is also the author of "Population Policy and Reproduction in Singapore: Making Future Citizens" (2012, London and New York: Routledge). More information is available online at

Shirley was the recipient of NUS/NTU-Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Scientist Exchange Programme award (2011-2012) and the recipient of Certificate of Honour for mentoring undergraduate student winner of the NTU Koh Boon Hwee Scholar award (2013-2014).

A/P Sun served as the Assistant Dean (Research and Undergraduate Education) at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences from 2015-2018, and has been appointed a member of an International Working Group by the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the Yong Lin Loo School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS) on its Big Data Ethics in Biomedicine project funded by the Singapore National Medical Research Council (2018-2021).

Shirley Sun ORCID

Curriculum Vitae

2000-2005 PhD (Sociology), New York University
1997 MA (Sociology), New York University
1995 BA (Economics), College of Law, National Taiwan University
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Assoc Prof Sun Hsiao-Li Shirley
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences

Science, Technology and Society (STS)
Medical Sociology (social impacts of precision medicine)
Population and Reproduction
Citizenship and Social Inequalities
Changing Families
  • Biomedical Reports and Social Diversity: the case of COVID-19
  • Sun, Shirley, and Ann Hui Ching. 2021. “Social Systems Matter: Precision Medicine, Public Health and the Medical Model” East Asian Science Technology and Society. FREE E-PRINTS:

  • Sun, Shirley. (Dec 2020). “Clinical usefulness of genetic testing for drug toxicity in cancer care: decision-makers’ framing, knowledge and perceptions.” New Genetics and Society 39 (4): 359-384 FREE E-PRINTS

  • Schaefer, G. Owen, E Shyong Tai and Shirley Sun. (Oct 2020). “Navigating conflicts of justice in the use of race and ethnicity in precision medicine,” Bioethics 34 (8) 849-856

  • Lidia Luna Puerta, Bernadette Bartlam, Hsiao-Li Shirley Sun and Helen Smith (Oct 2020) “Perspectives on public involvement in health research from Singapore: the potential of a supported group model of involvement,” Health Expectations 23 (5), 1074-1085
    DOI: 10.1111/hex.13058

  • Sun, Shirley , Li, Shao-Tzu, and Ngeow Joanne. (Sept 2020). “Factors shaping at-risk individuals’ decisions to undergo genetic testing for cancer in Asia,” Health and Social Care in the Community, 28 (5), 1569-1577
    DOI: 10.1111/hsc.12981

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