Lawton Chung, Ph.D.

Lawton Chung

B.S., 2010, University of California, Irvine
Ph.D., 2016, Stony Brook University
Advisor: Dr. James Bliska 

Current Position

Postdoctoral research position in the laboratory of Dr. Manuella Raffatellu in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California at Irvine School of Medicine

Select Honors and Awards

2016 Abrahams Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Graduate Student

NIH/NIAID Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual NRSA (F31)

Grants-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi

Distinguished Travel Award, Stony Brook University


Chung, L.K., and Bliska, J.B. 2016. Yersinia vs. host immunity: how a pathogen evades or triggers a protective response. Current Opinion in Microbiology 29: 56-62.

Chung, L.K., and Bliska, J.B. 2016. Gut check: IFNγ delays mucosal recovery during antibiotic therapy. Cell Host Microbe 20(2): 128 - 129.

Chung, LK, Park, YH, Zheng, Y, Brodsky, I., Hearing, P, Kastner, DL, Chae, JJ, and Bliska, JB. 2016. The Yersinia virulence factor YopM hijacks host kinases to inhibit type III effector-triggered activation of the pyrin inflammason. Cell Host Microbe doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2016.07.018.

Schoberle, TJ, Chung, LK, McPhee, JB, Bogin, B, and Bliska, JB. 2016. Uncovering an important role for YopJ in the inhibition of caspase -1 in activated macrophages and promoting Yersinia pseudotuberculosis virulence. Infect. Immun. 84(4): 1062-1072. PMID: 26810037.

Chung, LK, and Bliska, JB. 2016. Yersinia versus host immunity: How a pathogen evades or triggers a protective response. Curr. Opin. Microbiol. 29: 56-62. PMID: 26638030.

Chung LK, Philip NH, Schmidt VA, Koller A, Strowig T, Flavell RA, Brodsky IE, and JB Bliska. 2014. IQGAP1 is important for activation of caspase-1 in macrophages and is targeted by Yersinia pestis type III effector YopM. MBio. 5:e01402-14. [PMCID: PMC4161239]

Tran JQ, Li C, Chyan A, Chung L, and NS Morrissette. 2012. SPM1 stabilizes subpellicular microtubules in Toxoplasma gondii. Eukaryot. Cell. 11:206-216. [PMCID: PMC3272897]

Select Oral Presentations

Chung, L. Infection by Injection: How Pathogenic Yersinia Activate and Subvert Immune Responses. Provost’s Graduate Student Lecture Series. March 24, 2016, Stony Brook, NY.

Chung, L.K., Schmidt, V.A., and Bliska, J.B. IQGAP1 is Important for the Secretion of IL-1β in Macrophages and is Targeted by Yersinia pestis Type III Effector YopM. Keystone Symposium on Innate Immunity and Determinants of Microbial Pathogenesis. April 19-24, 2015. Olympic Valley, CA.

Bacterial Infection and Host Defense, Cold Spring Harbor Asia, Suzhou, China, November 2015.