Lisa Jang Eun Cho
384 CARL Building
Box 3020 DUMC
Durham, N.C. 27710
Research interest: The mechanisms of Topoisomerase 1-dependent mutagenesis
My name is Jang Eun, and I also go by Lisa. I am originally from South Korea. I received my BS in Applied Biology and Chemistry at Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea. As an undergraduate, I worked in Dr. Young-Joon Ahn’s Bioactive Natural Products lab. My research focused on extracting bioactive chemicals from the plant species, Kaempferia galanga, and assessing the activity of these chemicals as biocontrol agents against various mosquito species.
After graduating in 2008, I worked as a Research Assistant in Dr. Thomas Mitchell’s Fungal Biology and Parasitism lab at The Ohio State University. While there, I fell in love with the world of fungi. I participated in constructing T-vector systems for fungal transformation of the causative agent of rice blast, Magnaporthe grisea. I also investigated the role of hydrophobin on the pathogenicity of the species.
I came to Duke University in 2009 as a PhD student in the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. I rotated in the Heitman lab and the Alspaugh lab working with two different human fungal pathogens, Mucor circinelloides and Cryptococcus neoformans, respectively.
In 2010, I joined the Sue Jinks-Robertson lab. I am currently working with a fungal species, the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae. However, now I am more interested in the mechanisms of spontaneous mutagenesis. My project focuses on understanding the mechanisms of Topoisomerase 1 dependent mutagenesis.