Jeong Hun Jo, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Jeong Hun Jo, PhD grew up in Busan, South Korea and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering as summa cum laude from Gyeongsang National University in Jinju, South Korea. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in 2019 at the School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering in Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH). His doctoral thesis was to investigate an age-dependent increase in glutamate decarboxylase 67 (GAD67) in mouse pancreatic islets. He joined Hughes Lab in 2019 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate right after graduation.
Primary cilia are antenna-like structures acting as signaling-transducers in cells. Recently, Hughes Lab reported that primary cilia regulate glucose homeostasis via paracrine signaling in pancreatic islets. His main research interests are how 1) primary cilia mediate key signaling pathways, for example, Hedgehog, Wnt, and Notch signaling etc. and 2) primary cilia-relayed molecular mechanisms change between heathy and Type 2 Diabetic human pancreatic islets.