Li-Jyun Syu, PhD

Assistant Research Scientist, Dermatology

University of Michigan
Department of Dermatology
3431 Rogel Cancer Center
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5932


Li-Jyun Syu, Ph.D. is an Assistant Research Scientist in Department of Dermatology and a member of the Dlugosz Lab in our Skin Cancer Biology Research Program. Her research is focused upon understanding the molecular basis of human polyomaviruses-associated hair follicle disorder (Trichodysplasia Spinulosa) and Merkel cell carcinoma.

Dr. Syu received her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Michigan State University in 1994. She received postdoctoral training in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan (1994-2000); Department of Signal Transduction and Cell Biology at Warner-Lambert Company (Pfizer) (1994-2000); and the Department of Dermatology at the University of Michigan (2006-2009). Dr. Syu worked as a Research Associate in Dr. Dervla Mallerick's lab in the U-M Department of Pathology, before joining Dr. Andrzej Dlugosz's lab in the U-M Department of Dermatology where she held a Research Lab Specialist position prior to joining the dermatology research faculty in 2021.


  • Bachelor of Science (BS), Agricultural Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, 1981-1985
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Microbiology and Public Health, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1987-1994
      • Dissertation: Studies on Amplification and Excision of the Integrated Polyomavirus Genome: A Reevaluation of the Integration Pattern of Polyomavirus; Mentor: Michele M. Fluck, PhD

Postdoctoral Training

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    • Department of Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1994-2000
      • Project: Regulation of MAP Kinases Signaling Pathway in Actions of Mitogenic Growth Hormones and Insulin; Mentor: Kun-Liang Guan, PhD
    • Signal Transduction and Cell Biology, Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research Division, Warner-Lambert Company (Pfizer), Ann Arbor, Michigan
      • Project: Insulin Action in the regulation of Hormone-Sensitive Lipase Activity; Mentor: Dr. Alan R. Saltiel, PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr. Andrzej Dlugosz Lab, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2006-2009
    • Project: Studies on the Role of Deregulated Hedgehog (Hh) Signaling in Neoplastic Transformation in Mouse Skin, Stomach and Pancreas