Chiung-Yu Hung received her Ph.D. degree in 1995 from the University of Texas at Austin, Tex, USA. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Institute of Molecular Biology, Academic Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan and then joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio, USA, in 1997. Dr. Hung has relocated to the University of Texas at San Antonio, and she was promoted to a Research Associate Professor in 2006. Dr. Hung is a Member of the American Society for Microbiology, Medical Mycological Society of the Americas, and Milton Huppert Award Committee for outstanding graduate students who conduct research related to medical mycology in the Americas. She also services as a Peer Reviewer for Infection Immunity, Medical Mycology, and Mycologia journals. Her research is focused on the studies of virulence factors and pathogenesis mechanisms of Coccidioides which is the causative agent of a human respiratory disease called coccidioidomycosis, also known as San Joaquin Valley fever. Coccidioides is a diphasic fungus characterized by a parasitic cycle which is unique amongst medically important fungal pathogens. It is estimated that there are about 150 000 cases in the southwestern US each year, and it is considered to be a reemerging infectious disease. Dr. Hung has identified and characterized several dominant antigens of Coccidioides, which elicit innate inflammatory response or stimulate acquired immunity to infection with the fungal pathogen. Studies of the interaction between the host and these antigens may lead to a better understanding of the course of disease and to the identification of vaccine candidates or novel therapeutic drug targets. Dr. Hung has also involved in the annotation of the Coccidioides genome databases. Dr. Hung has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in the medical mycology field. She is also a coinventor of two US-patented vaccines against Coccidioides infection.
Biography Updated on 30 June 2010