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Jong Hyun Ham
Associate Professor

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 1994 present: The American Phytopathological Society
  • 1989 1993: Korean Society for Plant Pathology


  • 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 Defense Systems 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)

  1. Molecular genetics and genomics of Burkholderia glumae, the major causal agent of bacterial panicle blight of rice: 1) Identification and characterization of B. 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), for B. glumae and other important plant pathogens.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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



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Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology
302 Life Science Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803 
(225) 578-1464

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