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Jean-Ju Chung, PhD

Associate Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology



Jean-Ju L. Chung received her bachelors and masters degree from Seoul National University, Korea and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 2007. She was a postdoctoral fellow with David E. Clapham in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School. She joined Yale's Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology as a faculty member in September, 2015.

Her research is devoted to investigating cellular signaling via the membrane receptors and ion channels, with a current emphasis on mature spermatozoan motility and fertilization capacity. She has focused her efforts on the primary calcium channel of spermatozoa, CatSper, and has defined its subunits, its distribution in spermatozoa, its function in capacitation, and its effects on fertility. The Chung laboratory applies novel technologies to sperm biology and reproductive research including super-resolution imaging methods, and is continuing to study physiologically relevant molecular changes during mammalian fertilization.

Education & Training

  • Instructor
    Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston (2015)
  • Postdoctoral fellow
    Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston (2012)
  • PhD
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Neuroscience and Biochemistry (2007)
  • MS
    Seoul National University, Neuroendocrinology (1999)
  • BS
    Seoul National University, Molecular Biology (1997)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Highly Cited Researcher 2020 (top 1% citation in field and year 2020)Web of Science2020
Janice Bahr Junior Scientist Travel AwardSociety of Study of Reproduction (SSR)2020
Highly Cited Researcher 2019 (top 1% citation in field during 2008-2018)Web of Science2019
FASEB SRC on Ion Channel Regulation Travel AwardFASEB2019
Rudolf J Anderson Fellowship2018
Goodman-Gilman Yale Scholar Award2015
Korean Society for Molecular and Cellular Biology (KSMCB) Travel Grant Award2014
Dr. M. Juda Folkman Research AwardChildren's Hospital Boston2014
Dr. M. Juda Folkman Research AwardChildren's Hospital Boston2011
Ruth Kirschstein National Research Service Award Pre-doctoral FellowshipNIH2004
Pre-doctoral FellowshipAmerican Heart Association2002

Departments & Organizations