photo: hamJong Hyun Ham

Associate Professor

302 Life Sciences Bldg.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-6798
Fax: (225) 578-1415

Curriculum Vitae



1999: Ph.D. Plant Pathology, Cornell University
1992: Second Lieutenant, The 3rd Korean Army Academy
1991: M.S., Plant Pathology, Korea University
1989: B.S., Agricultural Biology, Korea University

Professional Experience

2013 - present: Associate Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University/Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
2007 – 2013: Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Crop Physiology, Louisiana State University/Louisiana State University Agricultural Center
2006  – 2007: Research Scientist, The Ohio State University
2002  – 2006: Post-doctoral Researcher, The Ohio State University
1999  – 2002: Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1998  – 1999: Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Membership in Professional Societies

1994 – present: The American Phytopathological Society

1989 – 1993: Korean Society for Plant Pathology

Awards / Honors

1989: Korea University Graduate School Scholarship Award: First Place
1992: Korean Government Overseas Scholarship

Bauer, D. W., S. V. Beer, A. J. Bogdanove, A. Collmer, and J. H. Ham. 2003. Recombinant constructs and systems for secretion of proteins via type III secretion systems. U.S. Patent 6,596,509. Issued July 22, 2003.

CRIS project #:
LAB93918: Molecular Biology of Bacterial Panicle Blight of Rice and Rice DefenseSystems for This Disease (06/01/2013 - 05/31/2013)

LAB94203: Molecular Genetics and Genomics of Bacterial Panicle Blight in Rice(09/03/2013 - 08/07/2017)

Molecular genetics and genomics of Burkholderia glumae, the major causal agent of bacterial panicle blight of rice: 1) Identification and characterization ofB. glumae virulence factors and their regulatory systems through molecular genetic studies, 2) Characterization of the genome structure and transcriptional dynamics of B. glumae through genomic studies using next-generation sequencing technologies, 3) Development of new pathogen detection systems, including real time-PCR and Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP), forB. glumae and other important plant pathogens.
Genetic mapping and breeding of rice to understand and increase disease resistance to major rice diseases, including bacterial panicle blight and sheath blight: 1) Genetic mapping of quantitative trait loci conferring rice disease resistance to bacterial panicle blight and sheath blight through both conventional genetic studies with molecular markers and genomics approaches using high-throughput sequencing data, 2) Characterization of the rice defense pathways underlying disease resistance, and 3) Development of new disease-resistant rice lines through breeding and mutation.
Development of new chemical and biological treatments that can suppress disease development or pathogen growth: 1) Development of chemical and biological elicitors that induce rice defense systems, and 2) Identification of plant-associated bacteria that have antimicrobial activity against various rice pathogens.
Study of other plant pathogenic bacteria that are important for Louisiana crops: 1) Population biology and taxonomy of Xylella fastidiosa strains causing pecan bacterial leaf scorch in Louisiana, and 2) Development of new detection and biocontrol methods for the fireblight pathogen Erwinia amylovora.


Major course: PLHL 7011 Phytobacteriology (4 credits), offered every other spring semester
Guest lecture: PLHL 4000 Introductory Plant Pathology, PLHL 4001 Plant Disease Management