Dr Xiao-Yi Sun
Trustee, Dr Jian Zhou Foundation
Dr Xiao-Yi Sun, formerly a research scientist, is the trustee of the Dr Jian Zhou Foundation created in honour of her late husband, Dr Jian Zhou, who together with Professor Ian Frazer AC FRS, pioneered the creation of the world’s first cervical cancer vaccine.
Dr Sun contributed significantly to the development of the HPV vaccine. Having studied medicine with her husband, the two became partners in the lab as well as life. It was Dr Sun who, as a research assistant on the project with her husband, first generated a particle resembling the virus’s outer shell, a breakthrough that would ultimately lead to the development of the vaccine.
Beyond the research laboratory and eye clinic, Dr Sun has long supported the push to have the vaccine adopted by the Chinese Government. In July 2016, a decade after the HPV vaccine was released in Australia, it was officially approved for use in mainland China.
In 2013, Dr Sun and her son Andreas established the Dr Jian Zhou Foundation with the intention of rewarding the most outstanding scientists and encouraging more people to contribute to medical research for the benefit of humankind. The Dr Jian Zhou Memorial Scholarship achieves this through providing support and encouragement to future researchers.