Special Seminar

Immunopathogenesis of Two Emerging Viruses: Zika Virus and SFTS Virus



Date
December 11, 2017
Time
2:00 PM
Speaker(s)
Jae U. Jung, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Chair Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Director, Institute of Emerging Pathogens and Immune Diseases; University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Location
Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 3
Description

Jae U. Jung, PhD, is Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where he directs the USC Institute of Emerging Pathogens and Immune Diseases. Jung will present “Immunopathogenesis of Two Emerging Viruses: Zika Virus and SFTS Virus” at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 11, in Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 3. [Add to Calendar] Saleem A. Khan, PhD, professor of microbiology and molecular genetics and Center for Vaccine Research interim director, will host the seminar.  

 

Jung studies the molecular biology of virus-induced cancers like Kaposi’s sarcoma and lymphoma, which are the most common cancers among AIDS patients. He investigates host-virus interactions and emerging pathogens like dengue virus, Zika virus, and severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus. Jung’s lab explores the mechanisms and processes behind protective immune response and how cells employ pattern recognition receptors to identify pathogens. He also studies the role of programmed cell death after viral infection.

 

Jung received both his bachelor’s degree in food science and his master’s in food microbiology from Seoul National University. He earned a microbiology PhD from the University of California, Davis, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in microbiology and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining USC, he was professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School and professor of biology, of medical science, and of engineering at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea.