Sunny Shin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of Diversity and Inclusion in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Shin received her B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her Ph.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine, and her postdoctoral training from Yale University School of Medicine. Her research is focused on understanding mechanisms of immune defense against the bacterial pathogens Legionella pneumophila, Coxiella burnetii, and Salmonella Typhimurium and in turn, how these pathogens subvert host immunity. Dr. Shin has received several honors including the Burroughs-Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases Award and the Penn Medicine Michael S. Brown New Investigator Award. She is highly committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in academia and science, and she recently received the Penn Medicine Michael P. Nusbaum Graduate Student Mentoring Award. Dr. Shin is Chair of the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Group’s Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology Program, directs and teaches in graduate and medical courses, and mentors postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Dr. Shin serves as a standing member on the NIH Host Interactions with Bacterial Pathogens study section (2020-2024), on the editorial board of Infection and Immunity, and is the Division E: Immunology councilor for ASM.