Position title: Duke KURe Program
Dr. Choi earned a BS in Life Sciences and a MS in Biochemistry from Korea University. He then completed his PhD in Pathology at Duke University where he investigated how a virulence factor of Salmonella interferes with the function of innate immune cells. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Choi pivoted his focus from gut infection to bladder infection, seeking to understand how host innate immunity protects a host from lower urinary tract infections (UTIs). Dr. Choi’s K12 research focused on providing critical information on the underlying basis for why older women are susceptible to chronic UTIs. Dr Choi is funded through the National Research Foundation of Korea and continues to collaborate with Soman Abraham, PhD (KURe mentor) and KURe scholar, Byron Hayes.