Seung Jin (James) Jang

Entered Joint-Degree Program: Summer 2017 as entering DMD student in the optional DMD Summer Research Program.

Biography: James was born in South Korea, but grew up in Gainesville, Florida. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida where he majored in Interdisciplinary Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Prior to joining the DMD/PhD program at UF, he worked in multiple laboratories at National Institutes of Health. First, he joined the lab of Dr. Lothar Hennighausen studying histone methylation catalyzed by MLL4 in mammary tissue during pregnancy. Afterwards, he worked in the lab of Dr. Adrian Wiestner assisting in IGHV sequencing in CLL patients, and later joined the lab of Dr. Swee Lay Thein, investigating the NETosis of Neutrophils in Sickle Cell Disease. During his time at NIH, he regularly attended NIDCR rounds and was inspired by NIDCR scientists and their research work. While not working in the lab, he served as the president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at his Catholic Church. Every fifth Saturday of the year, he and his friends from the church and NIH served lunch meals to over one hundred homeless people and provided dental supplies to homeless shelters in Washington D.C.

Currently, he has been working in Dr. Zsolt Toth’s laboratory as a DMD/PhD student, where he investigates the role of viral interferon regulatory factors in Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus infection of oral epithelial cells. During his free time, he enjoys scuba diving in Florida springs and beaches, as well as camping and hiking in the Georgia mountains.


1: Jang SJ, Papp B, Toth Z. Role of the KSHV vIRFs in viral replication and pathogenesis. J Dent Res 97: Spec Iss A: Abstract 2851566, 2018, (

2: Yoo KH, Kang K, Feuermann Y, Jang SJ, Robinson GW, Hennighausen L. The STAT5-regulated miR-193b locus restrains mammary stem and progenitor cell activity and alveolar differentiation. Dev Biol. 2014; 395(2):245-54. PMID 25236432

3: Robinson GW, Kang K, Yoo KH, Tang Y, Zhu BM, Yamaji D, Colditz V, Jang SJ, Gronostajski RM, Hennighausen L. Coregulation of genetic programs by the transcription factors NFIB and STAT5. Mol Endocrinol. 2014; 28(5):758-67. PMID: 24678731

4: Feuermann Y, Kang K, Gavrilova O, Haetscher N, Jang SJ, Yoo KH, Jiang C, Gonzalez FJ, Robinson GW, Hennighausen L. MiR-193b and miR-365-1 are not required for the development and function of brown fat in the mouse. RNA Biol. 2013; 10(12):1807-14. PMID: 24356587