Department of Pathology and the College
Seungmin Hwang’s research focuses on host-pathogen interactions that govern the outcome of infection—pathogenesis, commensalism, or eradication. The effector mechanisms of immune control by host, and the immune evasion strategies by pathogens, are particular areas of interest. Using genetically modified mouse models and recombinant pathogens, he has been studying the systemic interaction of host with various pathogens, including tumorigenic gammaherpesvirus and enteropathic norovirus. He is currently working on the role of autophagy (“self-eating”) pathways and proteins in cell-autonomous immunity against intracellular pathogens, and expanding his research interest to antitumor immunity.
Hwang has co-authored numerous articles published in a variety of journals, including Cell, Host and Microbe, Journal of Virology, Autophagy, and Journal of Immunology.
Hwang earned BS and MS degrees from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. He received postdoctoral training from Washington University’s Department of Pathology and Immunology.
Hwang joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.