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Sharon Chung, MD
MED-CAMPUS-RHEUMATOLOGY
Assistant Professor

513 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94143
415-514-1673
sharon.chung@ucsf.edu

Dr. Chung completed her MD (2001) at Johns Hopkins University where she was also an intern and resident (2001-04) in Internal Medicine. She was a Rheumatology Clinical Fellow at UCSF (2004-07), and joined the UCSF faculty in 2007. Dr. Chung completed a Master's Degree in Advanced Studies in Clinical Research at UCSF (2008).


The central goal of Dr. Chung's research program is to discover genetic and epigenetic factors that influence autoimmune disease susceptibility and its manifestations, in order to identify biologic pathways involved in disease pathogenesis and potential targets for therapeutic intervention. Current projects focused on systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) include genome-wide association studies, more focused investigations of the major histocompatilibity complex, and DNA methylation studies of specific disease manifestations. Her clinical interest is systemic vasculitis, and she directs the UCSF Vasculitis Clinic. Her research activities in vasculitis include genetic, epigenetic, and transcriptional studies of small vessel vasculitides. The UCSF Vasculitis Clinic is a member of the Vasculitis Clinical Research Consortium (VCRC), and the clinic participates in ongoing VCRC studies.

Awards and Honors

2011   Ephraim Engleman Award for Excellence in Arthritis Research, University of California, San Francisco, 2011
2007   Distinguished Fellow Award, American College of Rheumatology, 2007

Recent Articles (18)

Stephens RJ, Chung SA, Jovanovic D, Guerra R, Stephens B, Sandor P, Shapiro CM. Relationship Between Polysomnographic Sleep Architecture and Behavior in Medication-free Children with TS, ADHD, TS and ADHD, and Controls. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2013 Nov-Dec; 34(9):688-96.

Namjou B, Kim-Howard X, Sun C, Adler A, Chung SA, Kaufman KM, Kelly JA, Glenn SB, Guthridge JM, Scofield RH, Kimberly RP, Brown EE, Alarcón GS, Edberg JC, Kim JH, Choi J, Ramsey-Goldman R, Petri MA, Reveille JD, Vilá LM, Boackle SA, Freedman BI, Tsao BP, Langefeld CD, Vyse TJ, Jacob CO, Pons-Estel B. PTPN22 association in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with respect to individual ancestry and clinical sub-phenotypes. PLoS One. 2013; 8(8):e69404.

Manjarrez-Orduño N, Marasco E, Chung SA, Katz MS, Kiridly JF, Simpfendorfer KR, Freudenberg J, Ballard DH, Nashi E, Hopkins TJ, Cunninghame Graham DS, Lee AT, Coenen MJ, Franke B, Swinkels DW, Graham RR, Kimberly RP, Gaffney PM, Vyse TJ, Behrens TW, Criswell LA, Diamond B, Gregersen PK. CSK regulatory polymorphism is associated with systemic lupus erythematosus and influences B-cell signaling and activation. Nat Genet. 2012 Nov; 44(11):1227-30.

Richman IB, Taylor KE, Chung SA, Trupin L, Petri M, Yelin E, Graham RR, Lee A, Behrens TW, Gregersen PK, Seldin MF, Criswell LA. European genetic ancestry is associated with a decreased risk of lupus nephritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 Oct; 64(10):3374-82.

Chung SA, Xie G, Roshandel D, Sherva R, Edberg JC, Kravitz M, Dellaripa PF, Hoffman GS, Mahr AD, Seo P, Specks U, Spiera RF, St Clair EW, Stone JH, Plenge RM, Siminovitch KA, Merkel PA, Monach PA. Meta-analysis of genetic polymorphisms in granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's) reveals shared susceptibility loci with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 Oct; 64(10):3463-71.

Ramos PS, Criswell LA, Moser KL, Comeau ME, Williams AH, Pajewski NM, Chung SA, Graham RR, Zidovetzki R, Kelly JA, Kaufman KM, Jacob CO, Vyse TJ, Tsao BP, Kimberly RP, Gaffney PM, Alarcón-Riquelme ME, Harley JB, Langefeld CD. A comprehensive analysis of shared loci between systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and sixteen autoimmune diseases reveals limited genetic overlap. PLoS Genet. 2011 Dec; 7(12):e1002406.

Chung SA, Taylor KE, Graham RR, Nititham J, Lee AT, Ortmann WA, Jacob CO, Alarcón-Riquelme ME, Tsao BP, Harley JB, Gaffney PM, Moser KL. Differential genetic associations for systemic lupus erythematosus based on anti-dsDNA autoantibody production. PLoS Genet. 2011 Mar; 7(3):e1001323.

Taylor KE, Chung SA, Graham RR, Ortmann WA, Lee AT, Langefeld CD, Jacob CO, Kamboh MI, Alarcón-Riquelme ME, Tsao BP, Moser KL, Gaffney PM, Harley JB, Petri M, Manzi S, Gregersen PK, Behrens TW, Criswell LA. Risk alleles for systemic lupus erythematosus in a large case-control collection and associations with clinical subphenotypes. PLoS Genet. 2011 Feb; 7(2):e1001311.

Chung SA, Seo P. Microscopic polyangiitis. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2010 Aug; 36(3):545-58.

Barcellos LF, May SL, Ramsay PP, Quach HL, Lane JA, Nititham J, Noble JA, Taylor KE, Quach DL, Chung SA, Kelly JA, Moser KL, Behrens TW, Seldin MF, Thomson G, Harley JB, Gaffney PM, Criswell LA. High-density SNP screening of the major histocompatibility complex in systemic lupus erythematosus demonstrates strong evidence for independent susceptibility regions. PLoS Genet. 2009 Oct; 5(10):e1000696.

Gateva V, Sandling JK, Hom G, Taylor KE, Chung SA, Sun X, Ortmann W, Kosoy R, Ferreira RC, Nordmark G, Gunnarsson I, Svenungsson E, Padyukov L, Sturfelt G, Jönsen A, Bengtsson AA, Rantapää-Dahlqvist S, Baechler EC, Brown EE, Alarcón GS, Edberg JC, Ramsey-Goldman R, McGwin G, Reveille JD, Vilá LM, Kimberly RP, Manzi S, Petri MA, Lee A, Gregersen PK, Seldin MF, Rönnblom L, Criswell LA, Syvänen AC, Behrens TW, Graham RR. A large-scale replication study identifies TNIP1, PRDM1, JAZF1, UHRF1BP1 and IL10 as risk loci for systemic lupus erythematosus. Nat Genet. 2009 Nov; 41(11):1228-33.

Chung SA, Tian C, Taylor KE, Lee AT, Ortmann WA, Hom G, Graham RR, Nititham J, Kelly JA, Morrisey J, Wu H, Yin H, Alarcón-Riquelme ME, Tsao BP, Harley JB, Gaffney PM, Moser KL, Manzi S, Petri M, Gregersen PK, Langefeld CD, Behrens TW, Seldin MF, Criswell LA. European population substructure is associated with mucocutaneous manifestations and autoantibody production in systemic lupus erythematosus. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 Aug; 60(8):2448-56.

Liu K, Li QZ, Delgado-Vega AM, Abelson AK, Sánchez E, Kelly JA, Li L, Liu Y, Zhou J, Yan M, Ye Q, Liu S, Xie C, Zhou XJ, Chung SA, Pons-Estel B, Witte T, de Ramón E, Bae SC, Barizzone N, Sebastiani GD, Merrill JT, Gregersen PK, Gilkeson GG, Kimberly RP, Vyse TJ, Kim I, D'Alfonso S, Martin J, Harley JB, Criswell LA. Kallikrein genes are associated with lupus and glomerular basement membrane-specific antibody-induced nephritis in mice and humans. J Clin Invest. 2009 Apr; 119(4):911-23.

Chung SA, Seo P. Advances in the use of biologic agents for the treatment of systemic vasculitis. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2009 Jan; 21(1):3-9.

Taylor KE, Remmers EF, Lee AT, Ortmann WA, Plenge RM, Tian C, Chung SA, Nititham J, Hom G, Kao AH, Demirci FY, Kamboh MI, Petri M, Manzi S, Kastner DL, Seldin MF, Gregersen PK, Behrens TW, Criswell LA. Specificity of the STAT4 genetic association for severe disease manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus. PLoS Genet. 2008 May; 4(5):e1000084.

Hom G, Graham RR, Modrek B, Taylor KE, Ortmann W, Garnier S, Lee AT, Chung SA, Ferreira RC, Pant PV, Ballinger DG, Kosoy R, Demirci FY, Kamboh MI, Kao AH, Tian C, Gunnarsson I, Bengtsson AA, Rantapää-Dahlqvist S, Petri M, Manzi S, Seldin MF, Rönnblom L, Syvänen AC, Criswell LA, Gregersen PK, Behrens TW. Association of systemic lupus erythematosus with C8orf13-BLK and ITGAM-ITGAX. N Engl J Med. 2008 Feb 28; 358(9):900-9.

Chung SA, Criswell LA. PTPN22: its role in SLE and autoimmunity. Autoimmunity. 2007 Dec; 40(8):582-90.

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