Joongho Jo, Ph.D.
B.Sc., Biochemistry, Konkuk University, ChungJu, Korea; 1998
M.Sc., Biochemical Genetics, Konkuk University, ChungJu, Korea; 2000
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Konkuk University, ChungJu, Korea, 2005
Research and Professional Experience
Teaching Assistant, Department of Biochemistry, Konkuk University, ChungJu, Korea
Research assistant, National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, Suwon, Korea
Research Assistant, Department of Applied Biochemistry, Konkuk University, ChungJu, Korea
Research Associate, Department of Applied Biochemistry, Konkuk University, ChungJu, Korea
Postdoctoral Fellow, James Graham Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville
I have studied microbial genetics and biotechnology using advanced genetic engineering skills. Particularly, I have been working on mushroom genetics for more than ten years and have 10 peer-reviewed publications and a Korean patent for mushroom genetics and physiology. During my studies I managed a database that provides a wide range of genomic and transcriptional information about edible mushrooms. I also have studied animal genetics and proteomics for strain improvement and have one Korean patent and five published papers on related studies.
Since joining the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, under the direction of Dr. A. Bennett Jenson, my more recent projects have focused on the identification of new viruses and vaccine development against human and animal diseases. I have isolated seven different types of mouse parvoviruses (MPVs), a monkey papillomavirus (MfPV-1), a mouse papillomavirus (MusPV) and then developed vaccines against those viruses. From these vaccines, application has been made for an international patent for a horse vaccine, preventing BPV-1 and EcPV-1 infections that cause horse cancers. I am still working on preventing disease and finding cures for many animals including endangered species (snow leopard and manatee). I have been involved in cancer research and have detected oncogenic viruses (HPV, and Merkel cell polyomavirus) from human lung and head and neck cancers.
Expertise in the virology field led me to identify the first mouse PV that infects laboratory mice and induces basal cell carcinoma. I am currently performing animal studies using MusPV and many genetically modified mouse strains to investigate the etiology and pathogenesis of MusPV-induced BCC. Although I am a new investigator, this wide range of experience in animal and microbial genetics, virology, vaccinology, immunology, pathology, and cancer biology has provided me a unique breadth of experience to bring to my research.
Joh J, A. Jenson AB, King W, Proctor M, Ingle A, Sundberg JP, Ghim SJ. Genomic analysis of the only known laboratory mouse papillomavirus (MusPV). J Gen Virol 92(3):692-8, 2011