Associate Editor

Yaning Sun, PhD

Translational Gerontology Branch
NIH Biomedical Research Center
251 Bayview Blvd., Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21224, USA


Dr. Yaning Sun received his Ph.D degree in Entomology in University of Missouri, USA. Then he worked at Monsanto Company for a short period of time with extensive working experiences with transgenic corps and insect resistance. Currently, he is working at National Institutes of Health (USA) as a postdoctoral fellow. He now focused on the research of the interactions of nutraceuticals, diet and aging. He has published several peer reviewed publications in the top rated aging journals and his research on cranberry affect aging in fruit fly was reported by Wall street journal. During his work at NIH, he was given the Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) and travel funds for Diet and Optimum Health conference and AGE conferences. He is a member of American Aging Association and actively attending various scientific activities related to human health, including IFT conference. Now he is also served as peer-referee of a few journals, such as, Biogerontology, Journal of Experimental Gerontology, Archive of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology.

Research Interest

His research interest includes the interactions of diet and aging; effects of functional foods, antioxidants, and nutraceuticalson animal models, including some neurodegenerative disease models (such as, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer Disease); and transgenic corps in foods.

Scientific Activities

1. TGB Scientific Retreat, National Institute on Aging 2014, Baltimore, MD, USA

Speaker, Cytochrome B5 reductase modulates lifespan through interacting with TOR signaling in Drosophila.

2. Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) annual meeting, 2014, New Orleans, LA, USA

3. The American Aging Association’s 43rd Annual Meeting, 2014, San Antonio, TX, USA

Poster presentation, Lifespan extension by cranberry supplementation partially requires SOD2 and is life stage independent.

4. Diet and Optimum Health Conference, 2013, Corvallis, OR, USA

Poster presentation,Cranberry interacts with dietary macronutrients to modulate lifespan in Drosophila.

5. The American Aging Association’s 42nd Annual Meeting, 2013, Baltimore, MD, USA

Poster presentation, Cranberry interacts with dietary macronutrients to modulate lifespan in Drosophila.

6. Judge of 2014 Award for Research Excellence (FARE) competition in NIH, 2013

7. Translational Science Training Program in NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA, 2012

8. NIH research festival, 2012, Bethesda, MD, USA

Poster presentation, Overexpression of cytochrome b5 reductase increases lifespan in a diet dependent manner in fruit fly.

9. The American Aging Association’s 41st Annual Meeting, 2012, Fort Worth, TX, USA

Poster presentation, Cytochrome b5 reductase overexpression increases lifespan and oxidative stress resistance in Drosophila melanogaster.

10. Entomological Society of America North Central Branch Annual Meeting, 2009,St. Louis, MO, USA

Guest speaker, Unlocking the mystery of insect transformation by exploring protein kinases with molecular and proteomic approaches.

11. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, 2007, San Diego, CA, USA

Poster presentation,Proteomic Identification of PKC-Mediated Expression of 20E-Induced Protein in Drosophila melanogaster.



1. Sun X, Wheeler CT, Yolitz J, et al. Age-related Mitochondrial ATP Synthase D Interacts with the TOR Signaling to Modulate Lifespan Response to Diet in Drosophila. Cell Reports. 2014;
2. Sun Y, Yolitz J, Alberico T, Sun X, and Zou S. Lifespan extension by cranberry supplementation partially requires SOD2 and is life stage independent. Experimental Gerontology. 2014; 50: 57-63.
3. Sun Y, Yolitz J, Wang C, Spangler E, Zhan M, and Zou S. Aging studies in Drosophila melanogaster. Methods Mol Biol. 2013; 1048: 77-93. doi: 10.1007/978-1-62703-556-9_7.
4. Wang C, Yolitz J, Alberico T, et al. Cranberry Interacts With Dietary Macronutrients to Promote Healthy Aging in Drosophila. The journals of gerontology. 2013; Series A, Biological sciences and medical sciences. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glt161.
5. Wang, S, Wang, J, Sun Y, Song Q, and Li S. PKC-mediated USP phosphorylation at Ser35 modulates 20-hydroxyecdysone signaling in Drosophila. Journal of proteome research. 2012; 11: 6187-6196. doi: 10.1021/pr3008804.
6. Liu Y, Sheng Z, Liu H, et al. Juvenile Hormone Counteracts the bHLH-PAS Transcriptional Factors MET and GCE to Prevent Caspase-Dependent Programmed Cell Death in Drosophila melanogaster Development. 2009; 136: 2015-2025. doi: 10.1242/dev.033712.
7. Sun Y, An S, Henrich VC, Sun X, Song Q. Proteomic Identification of PKC-Mediated Expression of 20E-Induced Protein in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of proteome research. 2007; Vol. 6(11): 4479-4488.
8. Zhang S, Sun Y, Pang Q, Shi X. Hemagglutinating and antibacterial activities of vitellogenin. Fish Shellfish Immunol. 2005; Vol. 19: 93-95.
9. Pang Q, Zhang S, Wang C, Shi X, Sun Y. Presence of prophenoloxidase in the humoral fluid of amphioxus Branchiostoma belcheri tsingtauense. Fish Shellfish Immunol. 2004; Vol. 17; 477-487.
10. Shi X, Zhang S, Sun Y, Pang Q, Sawant MS. Purification, characterization and antigenic species-specific reactivity of vitellogenin of rosy barb (Puntius conchonius Hamilton). Indian J Biochem Biophys. 2004; 41(5): 216-20.