University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013

Jae U. Jung

Jae JungJae U. Jung (정재웅) is a preeminent expert in the molecular biology of herpes viruses and their gene products as they relate to cell biology, biochemistry and immunology.  His research addresses several key biological features of virus-host interactions, with a focus on host immune responses to viruses, mechanisms by which viruses induce tumors, and the ability of viruses to establish life-long infections.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In 2012, he received the Ho-Am (호암) Prize in Medicine, one of Korea’s highest honors and often referred to as the Korean equivalent of the Nobel Prize.  Prior to his appointment at USC in 2007, he was a Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Chair of Tumor Virology Division at the New England Primate Research Center.  He was the first Korean-born scientist to receive tenure at Harvard University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1989 and his BS and MS from Seoul National University in Korea in 1982 and 1984 respectively.

At USC, Dr. Jung has and will continue to strengthen the basic science efforts and the faculty’s significant contributions in the arena of scientific discovery.  He has recruited top-notch investigators, organized multi-investigator program grant award for centers of excellence, and enhanced active core facilities to stimulate the research environment. He continues to integrate programs to bridge gaps between basic science and clinical research and promote multidisciplinary translation research on the most pressing diseases including AIDS, tuberculosis, flu, autoimmune diseases, and cancers.

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