Jungmin Han, Ph.D., studied mathematics and statistics for her undergraduate degrees and received her doctorate degree in mathematics from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. She moved to the U.S. to pursue her research career as a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Biological Modeling at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Currently, Dr. Han is a research fellow in the Cutaneous Microbiome and Inflammation Section at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Research Statement

During her graduate studies, Dr. Han focused on the modeling and prediction of calcium dynamics in various cell types using ordinary differential equations and bifurcation analyses of dynamical systems. As a postdoctoral fellow, she focused on using mathematical models to gain insights into various biological systems, including developmental gene regulatory networks of the blastoderm embryo of D. melanogaster, the pathology of liver diseases, calcium dynamics in mitochondria-associated ER membranes, and the epidemic spread of SARS-CoV-2. 

Dr. Han’s research interests lie in the fields of computational biology and the skin microbiome. Using advanced genomic sequencing techniques and bioinformatics tools, she aims to understand the underlying mechanisms of host-skin microbe interactions and investigate the characteristics of skin microbial communities associated with autoimmune skin disorders.

Scientific Publications

A mathematical model of calcium dynamics in HSY cells.

Han JM, Tanimura A, Kirk V, Sneyd J
PLoS Comput Biol.
2017 Feb;
doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005275
PMID: 28199326

On the dynamical structure of calcium oscillations.

Sneyd J, Han JM, Wang L, Chen J, Yang X, Tanimura A, Sanderson MJ, Kirk V, Yule DI
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.
2017 Feb 14;
doi: 10.1073/pnas.1614613114
PMID: 28154146

A mathematical model of calcium dynamics: Obesity and mitochondria-associated ER membranes.

Han JM, Periwal V
PLoS Comput Biol.
2019 Aug;
doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006661
PMID: 31437152

Associations of GlycA and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein with measures of lipolysis in adults with obesity.

Levine JA, Han JM, Wolska A, Wilson SR, Patel TP, Remaley AT, Periwal V, Yanovski JA, Demidowich AP
J Clin Lipidol.
2020 Sep-Oct;
doi: 10.1016/j.jacl.2020.07.012
PMID: 32863171


University of Auckland
Ph.D., Mathematics (2016)

University of Auckland
Master's, Applied Mathematics (2013)

University of Auckland 
Bachelor's (Hon), Applied Mathematics (2012)

University of Auckland 
Bachelor's, Science (2011)


Postdoctoral Fellowship
NIDDK/NIH (2017-2021)

Pre-doctoral Fellowship 
NIDDK/NIH (2016-2017)

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