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Featured Profile: Bumsuk Hahm

Bumsuk Hahm

University of Missouri researcher Dr. Bumsuk Hahm is finding new treatments for viral diseases.

Hahm has expertise in the interplay between viruses and the host’s immune system. He has conducted research which has provided insights for medical scientists working to combat viruses including influenza. His work has led to four patents.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Hahm is now examining how certain enzymes influence the immune system’s ability to fight infection, including the flu. Many flu strains are resistant to current treatments, so identifying and developing new targets for treatment is important. Already, Hahm has discovered a method for halting replication of the virus within cells. He is now striving to do the same in sick animals – an important step toward new treatments for humans. Additionally, Hahm is uncovering new insights about the mechanism by which influenza virus evades a powerful host defense called interferon response. The findings could help scientists design new therapeutics or advanced vaccines to better control influenza.

Hahm studied viral immunology and pathogenesis at the Scripps Research Institute in California before joining the MU faculty in 2008. In 2011, the School of Medicine presented him with its most prestigious award for scientists, the Dorsett L. Spurgeon Distinguished Medical Research Award.

Dr. Bumsuk Hahm is an associate professor of surgery, molecular microbiology and immunology in the School of Medicine.

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One Health/One Medicine