Changjun Cha (Korea)
Institute of Microbiomics and Center for Antibiotic Resistome
Department of Systems Biotechnology
Professor Chang-Jun Cha obtained his BSc at the Department of Microbiology, Seoul National University, Korea and his Ph.D. at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, UK. His PhD thesis was about the metabolism and enzymology of aromatic ring degradation in nocardioform actinomycetes. After his postdoctoral research at the National Center for Toxicological Research of U.S. FDA, he became a faculty member of Department of Systems Biotechnology, Chung-Ang University, Korea, where he is also acting as a director of Institute of Microbiomics and Center for Antibiotic Resistome. He was a member of local organizing committee of ISME-15 meeting held in Korea and is currently serving as a secretary of local organizing committee of IUMS 2020 congresses, Daejeon, Korea. His main research theme is microbial degradation of environmental pollutants including antimicrobials, especially focusing on discovery of novel resistance mechanisms by enzymatic inactivation. He is currently leading a national project developing “National Surveillance System of Environmental Resistome” by both culture-dependent and –independent methods.