Dr. Jun S. Song selected for endowed professorships

Siv Schwink

The U. of I. College of Engineering has named the Center for the Physics of Living Cells faculty member Jun Song as a Founder Professor.  An investiture ceremony hosted by the college was held February 26, 2015, at the Beckman Institute for Science and Technology, celebrating the new appointment within the college.

Jun Song is a theoretical biophysicist who focuses on computational biology and biomedicine, leveraging the methodologies and tools of physics and mathematics to conduct research on gene expression. His work has implications for prognosis and treatment of cancer and malignant melanoma, in particular.

At Illinois, Jun is a co-principal investigator on the new Knowledge Engine for Genomics (KnowEnG) Center of Excellence in Big Data Computing, supported by the National Institutes of Health, and co-investigator on the National Science Foundation Physics Frontiers Center.

Among his many honors, Jun earned an NSF CAREER Award (2011), an NSF Fellowship (1997), and a Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award (2011).

Song earned an A.B. in physics from Harvard University (1996), graduating summa cum laude, M.A.St. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, UK (1997), graduating with distinction, and a Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001).

Song was a Charles B. Morrey Jr. Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley from 2001 to 2003. At Harvard University, he held an appointment from 2003 to 2005 as an instructor and research fellow in medical physics at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and from 2005-2007 as a research fellow in biostatistics and computational biology.  He was a member of the Simons Center for Systems Biology at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, from 2007 to 2009.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Song was an associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2014, he became a Founder Professor at Illinois with joint appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Physics, working primarily at the Institute for Genomic Biology.

Additional information can be found on the Donald Biggar Willett endowment at Physics Illinois.