Cholsoon Jang

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Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry
School of Medicine
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2015
Postdoc, Princeton University, 2020
Phone: (949) 824-6052
University of California, Irvine
Sprague Hall, Room 122
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Nutrient metabolism, Metabolic disease, Cancer metabolism
Research Abstract
My lab's goal is to understand how dietary nutrients are metabolized by complex interactions between organs and gut microbiota and how disruption of such fundamental processes contributes to disease. We focus on disease-associated nutrients such as branched-chain amino acids, fructose, and alcohol to identify metabolic fates and inter-organ exchange in diverse physiological and pathological conditions. To achieve this goal, we employ state-of-the-art mass spectrometry, metabolomics, lipidomics, and stable isotope tracing in disease animal models and human patients. Our technical expertise and knowledge in metabolic flux analysis, analytical chemistry, and pathophysiology will expand our understanding of the fundamental link between diets, health and disease.
Awards and Honors
2021- 2026 NIH R01 Award
2022 Invited Presenter, Forbeck Form on Diet, Metabolism, and Cancer
2022 DP2 NIH Director’s New Innovative Award Finalist
2021 - 2022 American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Award
2021 - 2022 Skin Biology Resource-based Center Pilot Award
2021 - 2022 Center for Cancer Systems Biology Pilot Award
2021 - 2022 USC Center for ALPD and Cirrhosis Pilot Award
2021 The Helmholtz Young Investigator in Diabetes (HeIDi) Award Nominee
2020 Damon Runyun-Rachleff Innovation Award Finalist
2020 - 2023 Edward Mallinckrodt Jr Foundation Award
2020 - 2023 American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD) Pinnacle Award
2020 - 2021 UCI Microbiome Initiative Pilot Award
2020 - 2021 Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism Pilot Award
2017 - 2019 American Diabetes Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
2013 - 2015 American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
Short Biography
Assistant Professor at UC Irvine (2020.5-)
Postdoc in Rabinowitz lab at Princeton University (2016.6-2020.4)
PhD in Arany lab at Harvard Medical School (2009.9-2015.11)
Military Service in a biotech company (2006.3-2009.2)
BS and MS in Biological Sciences at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (2000.3-2006.2)

Google Scholar:
AASLD Pinnacle Award (2020-2023)
Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. Award (2020-2023)
NIAAA R01 (2021-2026)
Graduate Programs
Cellular and Molecular Biosciences
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