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NIAAA Staff Profile


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Division Director

Kathy Jung, Ph.D.

Kathy Jung photo

6700B Rockledge Drive
Room 1224
Bethesda, MD 20892-6902

Focus Area

Alcohol-induced organ injury and effects of alcohol on organ-organ interactions and immune function; alcohol biomarkers; microbiome; wearable alcohol biosensors

Biographical Summary

Dr. M. Katherine Jung has been selected as Director of the Division of Metabolism and Health Effects (DMHE). Dr. Jung earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Ohio State University. She has worked and published in the areas of cell biology, alcohol induced organ damage, cancer biology, and drug discovery. Dr. Jung led the NIAAA Biosensor Challenge, served as NIAAA’s SBIR/STTR coordinator and has been a program officer in DMHE for many years. Dr. Jung has an enduring interest in the effect of alcohol consumption on the propensity to organ damage and on impairment of host defense. In her new role, she will lead DMHE in promoting the highest quality research that seeks to understand the mechanisms of alcohol’s pathological effects on organ function, with the goal of improving patient care.

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