Joseph Cho, MD, PhD


I was born in Glendale, California but grew up in Rapidan, Virginia on a produce farm. Yes, I do know how to drive a tractor in case you were wondering :). I spent many summers working on the farm with my dad growing ethnic produce that he supplied to the Asian supermarkets in the D.C. area. For undergrad, I attended the University of Virginia and took a job as a middle school science teacher in North Miami, Florida after graduation. Following two years of teaching I decided to pursue a research career. Initially I studied Chemistry at Georgetown University and eventually ended up at the University of Utah School of Medicine in the MD-PhD program. I finished my PhD in Oncological Sciences under the mentorship of Dr. Sheri Holmen studying the role of AKT signaling in melanoma metastasis. I enjoy exploring the outdoors (hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, camping, etc) and have been spoiled living in Utah. Faith and spirituality are central to who I am. I love people and am very excited to begin my big city adventure in Chicago. I'm thrilled to be part of the incoming class of pathology residents at the U of C and look forward to meeting everyone!