Kwon-Sik Park

Park, Kwon-Sik

Primary Appointment

Associate Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology


  • PhD, Molecular and Developmental Biology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • Postdoc, Genetics and Pediatrics, Stanford University

Contact Information

Telephone: 434-982-1947
Fax: 434-982-1071

Research Disciplines

Biochemistry, Cancer Biology, Epigenetics, Genetics, Metabolism, Molecular Biology, Translational Science

Research Interests

Mechanisms of organ homeostasis and tumor development

Research Description

Functional validation of genomic alterations in lung cancer. To determine oncogenic drivers of SCLC, we characterize genomic alterations in tumor progression using genetically engineered precancerous cells and mouse models. Our efforts are focused on three areas of interests as follows:

1. To better understand transcriptional program altered by frequent mutations in transcription factors and chromatin modifiers, we integrate functional genetics with omics approach.

2. To delineate signaling pathways for tumor progression and homeostasis, we study roles of developmental and growth factor signaling pathways that are deregulated during tumor development.

3. To determine role of metabolic plasticity in mutant cells during tumor progression, we aim to identify and characterize altered metabolic pathways in tumorigenesis and their relationships to oncogenic drivers.


Selected Publications