Multi-disciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program
The KURe is a K12 Institutional Training Grant for talented MDs, PhDs, and MD/PhDs from diverse disciplines that are interested in benign urological diseases and are interested to develop the skills necessary to initiate and sustain an independent research career in benign urological research.
Multidisciplinary Benign Urology Research Day 2019
SAVE THE DATE: April 26, 2019
Albert Eye Research Institute Auditorium, Duke University
Welcome our New KURe Scholar
Hae Woong Choi, PhD
Department of Pathology
Duke University Medical Center
Dr. Choi earned a BS in Life Sciences and a MS in Biochemistry from Korea University. He then completed his PhD in Pathology at Duke University where he investigated how a virulence factor of Salmonella interferes with the function of innate immune cells. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Choi pivoted his focus from gut infection to bladder infection, seeking to understand how host innate immunity protects a host from lower urinary tract infections (UTIs). He is also participating in contract work with the NIAID to discover novel and highly efficacious vaccine adjuvant candidates.
Dr. Choi's K12 research focuses on providing critical information on the underlying basis for why older women are susceptible to chronic UTIs. Additionally, he plans to develop a UTI vaccine formulated with a novel adjuvant combination to provide boost protective immunity against UTIs for this specific population.