Joon Won Yoon, PhD

Basic and Preclinical Science
Host-Microbial Interactions, Inflammation, and Immunity
Research Assistant Professor
Pronouns: He, Him, His
Contact: j-yoon2@northwestern.edu

“I study the microbial-human nasopharyngeal interaction to prevent pathogenic bacterial infection and diseases.”

Research Interests

  • Microbial—Host Interaction
  • Microbial Adherence
  • Microbiology

Biography

  • Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Joon Won Yoon, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a member of the Host-Microbial interactions, Inflammation, Immunity scientific neighborhood at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute. He joined the group in 2021 from the same department where he studied pediatric cancers. He received a PhD degree from the University of Texas at Austin and completed his post-doctoral training at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is working to prevent and reduce the pathogenic bacterial infections and diseases.

Education and Background

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Biology, Northwestern University and Children’s Memorial Research Center
  • PhD, University of Texas, Developmental Biology 1993

Research Highlights

Researchers in the Host-Microbial interactions, Inflammation, Immunity scientific neighborhood study the interactions of hosts and microbes to understand the mechanisms how pathogenic microbes change health and cause diseases. Dr. Yoon studies pediatric pneumonia and works to identify mechanisms by which innocuous microbe Corynebacterium spp. adhere to respiratory epithelium and inhibit pathogenic Streptococcus pneumoniae colonization through competitive adherence and secreted inhibitory factors. He anticipates obtaining results from his studies to design new preventive therapeutics.

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