About the PI

Prof. Jung-Hyun Min was born in France and grew up in South Korea. Intrigued by how lifeless molecules work to make up life, she studied chemistry at Seoul National University in South Korea and graduated with cum laude. Dr. Min subsequently came to the USA and joined the enzymology/chemical biology laboratory of Prof. Michael Gelb at the University of Washington and obtained her Ph.D. with her study on the enzymatic mechanism of human plasma platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase enzyme. In 2001, she joined the group of Dr. Nikola Pavletich at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center & Howard Hughes Medical Institute to learn macromolecular X-ray crystallography and started her research on the Rad4/XPC DNA repair complex. In 2010, she moved to Chicago to start her own lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was tenured and promoted in 2016. In 2018, she joined Baylor University as a tenured Associated Professor. She lives in China Spring, TX with her husband, three children and a cat.