Seung Ho Chung

Postdoctoral Researcher

Email: sc776 [at]

I am interested in metabolic interaction between aphids and their symbionts.   Aphids feed on nutritionally poor diets and require symbionts that provide essential amino acids.  However, some aphid genotypes perform poorly on unbalanced diets, even though they have the symbionts.  Currently, I am investigating mechanistic basis of the nutritional phenotypes of aphids.  Prior to joining Douglas lab, I completed my PhD in the Department of Entomology at The Pennsylvania State University.  My previous research focused on interactions between plants, microbes, and herbivores.  I investigated how the gut bacteria of Colorado potato beetles manipulate induced defenses of tomatoes.