Prof. Jun Huh PhD Department of Immunology Harvard Medical School Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases Boston (MA) | USA
Dr. Huh obtained his PhD from the California Institute of Technology and conducted his postdoctoral work at NYU School of Medicine as a recipient of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund Fellowship. He received the NIH Pathway to Independence Award and the Smith Family Awards Program for Excellence in Biomedical Research. Dr. Huh was named a 2015 Searle Scholar and a 2016 Pew Scholar. In 2019, Dr. Huh was selected as an investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
Dr. Huh’s laboratory studies mechanisms by which maternal inflammation leads to neurodevelopmental disorders in offspring. In mice, pregnant females infected with viruses give birth to offspring that exhibit behavioral phenotypes that resemble the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder and/or schizophrenia. His lab has shown that the bacterial community in the maternal gut plays an essential role in this model by promoting the differentiation of Th17 cells. Dr. Huh is also interested in identifying host- and bacteria-derived factors that regulate inflammation in the mammalian gut.