Park, Kwon-Sik

Kwon-Sik Park

Kwon-Sik Park

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology

Contact Information

P.O. Box 800734
1340 Jefferson Park Ave. Pinn Hall 7039
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Telephone: 434-982-1947
Fax: 434-982-1071

Research Interests

Mechanisms of tumor progression and homeostasis

Research Description

Functional validation of SCLC genomic alterations: Our goal is to define oncogenic drivers of SCLC using streamlined and informed ways of characterizing genomic alterations in tumor progression. We have established a tractable model in which candidate mutations are characterized in pre-cancerous cells using virus-mediated gene manipulation including CRIPSR-mediated mutation. Transcriptional regulation during tumor progression: A majority of solid tumors have somatic alterations in transcription factors and chromatin modifiers, which cause aberrant expression of a broad range of genes related to cell proliferation and death. We characterize the deregulated transcription programs to identify potential therapeutic targets. Signaling pathways for tumor progression and homeostasis: Developmental and growth factor signaling pathways are deregulated in cancer cells; Modulation of the signaling pathways would be a viable therapeutic strategy. Using mouse models and biochemical approaches we characterize the pathways in the context of tumor development and chemo-response. Metabolic plasticity during tumor progression: Altered metabolism plays important roles in tumorigenesis; however, oncogenic alterations in metabolism may vary among tissue types and be specific to oncogenic driver. Defining metabolic plasticity unique to tumor progression would provide important opportunities to design preventive strategies involving nutrition or drugs with low-toxicity.

Selected Publications