Jhumku Kohtz, Ph.D.

Former Associate Research Scientist

Jhumku Kohtz

Current Position

Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
2430 N. Halsted St. 
Room C.421K
Chicago, IL 60614-3394

Contact Information

Phone: 773.755.6358
Fax: (773) 775-6385

Education and Training


  • 11/1994-5/1999: Associate Research Scientist, Gordon Fishell Lab, Skirball Institute, NYU School of Medicine, NY
  • 9/1991-3/1995: Postdoctoral Fellow, James Manley Lab, Columbia University, NY
  • 9/1990: Ph.D., Edward Johnson Lab, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY.

Previous Work

Jhumku Kohtz joined the Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University/Children's Research Center as an Assistant Professor in June 1999. She is a faculty member in two graduate programs, the Northwestern University Institute for Neuroscience (NUIN) and the Integrated Graduate Program (IGP). Her lab is focused in two aims: 1. Studies of how forebrain patterning depends on Shh morphogenic gradients established through lipid-modification, 2. Studies of Evf2, ultraconserved non-coding RNA target of Shh signaling with transcription-regulating activity. She recently discovered that the Evf2 non-coding RNA complexes with Dlx homeodomain proteins and that Evf2 expression is critical for balanced gene expression in the Dlx 5/6 region. Future work includes determining the mechanism of non-coding RNA/homeodomain interactions and their role in dosage of genes critical for GABAergic interneurons. Studies are performed at the biochemical, genetic and behavioral levels.